Capture One 21 adds some interesting new features, many of which are aimed at improving the image importing and editing workflow. The new Dehaze tool may prove to be the most immediately useful, though.
It looks a lot like the Dehaze tool in Lightroom, so although it appears to be aimed at enhancing dull or misty outdoor shots, it could prove as effective as the Lightroom equivalent in improving low contrast images generally. Capture One says it uses ‘deep analytic algorithms’ to adjust contrast, saturation and a ‘matrix’ of other adjustment parameters.
Capture One 21’s new Speed Edit tool sounds interesting too. It promises to apply image adjustments with hotkeys and scroll, drag or arrow keys without the need to move any sliders.
There are more workflow improvements thanks to an improved import process that features high-resolution previews, better image selection options and the ability to import images from more than one folder at a time. Image browsing and searching get a speed boost, too.
Capture One 21 has a reputation for color accuracy and control, and Capture One 21 brings new ‘ProStandard Profiles’ for selected cameras. These profiles are designed to maintain color accuracy even during adjustments and should be especially valuable for portrait and product photography.
Interestingly, Capture One has collaborated with Leica to offer tethered shooting support for the Leica SL2 and S3, with more models to follow, as well as tailored Leica profiles. It sounds similar to Capture One’s work with Fujifilm to replicate that company’s Film Simulation modes.
Capture One has made its software easier for new users with enhanced pop-up tooltips and a ‘Learn’ button to access curated tutorials on Getting Started, Photo Editing, File Organization and Workflow Optimization, with more online.
Capture One 21 is available now at the following prices:
You can also get brand-specific Sony, Nikon and Fujifilm editions:
|Capture One 21 for Sony, Nikon, Fujifilm
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