Verdict: 4.8 stars Capture One 23 is a professional Lightroom rival that offers a step up in both image quality and editing tools, and supports a greater variety of professional workflows. The RAW processing is excellent, the editing tools are powerful and the new Cull view, layered Styles and improved Variant handling alone make the upgrade look worth it. Capture One is not cheap, but it’s designed for professional, quality-orientated workflows.
Culling is the process of deleting unwanted images from a shooting session, either because they have technical problems, they are duplicates or near-duplicates, or because they're simply not good enough to keep.
Capture One 23 comes with a whole series of new features, and one of these is the Cull window, a workspace for filtering out your best shots and ditching the rest.
There’s no definite date yet for the release of Capture One 23, but the company is running a special offer for new users where, if you buy Capture One 22 now, you’ll get Capture One 23 free. So what are these new features, how excited should we be and will it be worth existing users paying to upgrade?
Cataloguing software can organize your entire photo collection, but how does it work and what do you look for?
What is the best way to organise your images in cataloguing software? You can use folders, albums, keywords, ratings, color labels, flags… but you should use just what you need. You don’t have to use them ALL.
If you are anything like me and you don’t cull your images, you risk drowning in a sea of duplicates, RAW+JPEG pairs, half-finished experiments, virtual copies and images that were probably not worth shooting but you never got rid of. It’s only when you get rid of all the images that AREN’T contributing anything that you can really start to work on those that ARE.
Culling your photos after a shoot is the only way isolate your best shots and get rid of the clutter. But does culling anxiety get in the way? If you can’t bring yourself to delete any photo, JUST IN CASE, here’s what you can do about it.
Could Capture One be the new Aperture? Like Aperture, it can create fully managed catalogs, which means all your images are stored within a single, monolithic catalog file. It sounds like madness… but is it?