Tethered Capture Overview

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Shoot directly into Capture One using Sessions or Catalogs; the world’s most advanced tethered capture solution.

Introduction

The Capture tool tab is the gateway to tethered shooting with a Phase One digital back or supported DSLR. When connected to the computer, you can import photos directly into a Session or Catalog and store them on the hard disk or an external drive, avoiding importing from a memory card.

Capture One allows full control over a compatible camera. You can adjust a wide range of camera settings and parameters, including the exposure and metering modes, exposure compensation, ISO, white balance and release the shutter. Capture One can even activate a camera’s live view function and you can adjust the focusing either remotely, or manually, using the computer’s monitor for composition and to check focus accuracy with an enlarged live preview.

For the latest information on compatible cameras, please refer to the Supported Cameras page, or view the release notes for the application. Note, supported cameras require a USB (or FireWire) cable to connect the camera to the computer (check your supported configuration in the camera documentation) for a simple out-of-the-box, “plug and play” experience.

In addition, the Capture tool tab allows you to apply a wide range of image adjustments, and multiple styles including image presets, keywords and IPTC metadata automatically from image to image, as well as name photos and name and create folders on import.

You can also connect to Capture One Pro wirelessly with the Capture Pilot app and an iOS device that lets you present, rate and capture images remotely. The Capture Pilot dialog in Capture One also has a separate web function that enables you, your Art Director and your colleagues to view, rate and color tag captured images from a web browser on a computer, Android (mobile device) or Windows Phone operating system.

The Capture tool tab is the gateway to tethered shooting with a Phase One digital back or supported DSLR.

Overview of workflow using a supported camera

  1. Start a new Session, or if you prefer, you can use a Catalog instead. 
  2. Open the Capture Tool Tab
  3. When a supported camera is connected and powered up (see your camera documentation for the supported transfer specification), Capture One will immediately recognize the model and populate both the Camera and Camera Settings tools with the relevant camera menus and settings.
  4. From the Camera Settings tool, select the desired camera settings from the appropriate drop-down menu, or using the +/- buttons. For example, ISO, exposure mode (Av/Tv/M or P) and File format. Note the available camera settings depends on the support for the camera model.
  5. Press the Capture button, located in the Camera tool.
  6. Set the white balance by clicking on the brightest white area with detail in the captured image, using the White Balance picker (eye dropper) tool located in the Camera tool or Cursor tool bar
  7. Check the Next Capture Adjustments tool settings. The Copy from Last choice will copy the settings from the previous capture and will ensure that resulting images attain a similar look.

When a supported camera is connected and powered up (see your camera documentation for supported transfer specification), Capture One will immediately recognize the model and populate both the Camera and Camera Settings tools with the relevant camera menus and settings.

Starting a tethered Session

Sessions are popular for tethered capture, due to their portable and autonomous folder structure. However, you can work tethered in a Catalog if you prefer, see below for more information. Note a tethered Session is no different to a regular Session, though there are some important points to consider in the workflow prior to capturing and saving images to your computer.

  1. From the main menu, choose File > New Session… A New Session dialog will open. When capturing images using an existing Session, ignore this section and instead verify the tool settings starting with the Name or rename files section.
  2. In the Name text field, add a descriptive name for the new Session. 
  3. In the Location text field, verify where the captured images will be stored is convenient. The default setting is the Pictures/My Pictures folder (Mac/Windows) on your computer. You can choose a new location by clicking on the (…) icon to the right of the Location text field. (The location can be altered later if necessary, using the Next Capture Location tool.) Note, the camera does NOT save or back up images to the memory card, and does not require a memory card to be installed.
  4. In the Subfolder text fields, choose between the default names or rename them to suit. If new to working with Sessions, it is recommended to leave these folder names unaltered.
  5. Choose a Template if you have one set-up, otherwise leave as Blank. When starting a new tethered session, templates offer a convenient method for adopting a predetermined set of albums, favorites and sub-folders. See the link below for more information on Templates. Note, you can NOT create multiple sub-folders using Capture One’s token-based dynamic locations feature when creating a Session, you can only add them if you’ve saved a hierarchy of folders previously as a template.
  6. In the Capture name text field, the Session name is adopted automatically for naming images. However, you can choose another name now, or change it later, if necessary (see Next Capture Naming tool for more information).
  7. Click OK to save the selections.

Find out about Templates and Dynamic Locations in Sessions.

Sessions are typically used for tethered capture, due to their portable and autonomous folder structure.

Creating a new tethered Catalog

While Sessions are typically used for tethered capture, Catalogs are also well suited. While you don’t have to create a new catalog every time you want to work tethered, it makes sense to if you want to share the database and image files between colleagues. Creating a Catalog when working with a tethered camera is no different to a regular Catalog, however there are some points to consider, such as changing the location of captured files from the default setting, which is inside the database file.

  1. From the main menu, choose File > New Catalog… a New Catalog dialog will open. When capturing images using an existing Catalog, ignore this section, connect a camera and verify the tool settings detailed in the Name or rename files section.
  2. In the Name text field, add a name for the new catalog.    
  3. In the Location text field, verify where the catalog and captured images will be stored is convenient, or choose a new location by clicking on the () icon to the right of the Location field. Note as the catalog is a database file, for optimum performance it should be located on a high-speed HDD, or an SSD. For convenience when working offline, the drive must be local, however, catalogs can be saved to an external drive or an network drive when necessary.
  4. When creating a new catalog for tethered capture, image files are managed and stored INSIDE the catalog by default. After the catalog has been created, you can choose to reference the images later using the Next Capture Location tool. For more details, see the section Change where to store captures. Note, the camera does NOT save, or back up, images to the memory card, and in fact does not require a memory card to be installed.
  5. Choose a Template if you have one set-up, otherwise leave as Blank. When setting up a new tethered catalog, templates offer a convenient method for adopting a predetermined set of albums, favorites and sub-folders. For more details, see the section on Templates. Note, you can’t create multiple sub-folders using Capture One’s dynamic locations feature when creating a catalog, you can only add them if you’ve saved a hierarchy of folders previously as a template.
  6. Click OK to save the selections.

While sessions are typically used for tethered capture, catalogs are also well suited. You can easily share the files between colleagues and clients with either management system.

Tethered camera support

The scope of tethered support will vary depending on the digital back or camera connected. Live View may not be supported for all cameras. For the latest information on compatibility, please refer to the Supported Cameras page.

When using an unsupported camera it may still be possible to use Capture One. Please see the Attach an unsupported camera section for more details.

Phase One XF camera can be tethered using Capture One.