Part One Seize One Professional

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From Part One, the maker of top-end skilled pictures just like the exceptional 100-megapixel XF 100MP, comes Seize One Professional 11, picture enhancing software program that gives digital picture import instruments, uncooked digicam file conversion, picture adjustment, and a few organizational options. Additionally featured are tethered capturing, a reside monitor view, and focus instruments. Model 11 provides fuller layer assist, higher masking instruments, and a markup characteristic. Seize One is all in regards to the pictures and simply the pictures: There isn’t any face recognition, maps, internet sharing, or ebook printing right here. It competes with the Editors’ Selection winner Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, DXO Optics Professional, and others within the prosumer picture workflow house.

Getting the Software program and Getting Began

You’ll be able to both purchase the software program outright for $299 or subscribe for $20 monthly (or $15 pay as you go for a 12 months). That is a bit steep when you think about you can get Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Basic and Photoshop for a $9.99-per-month subscription. You get three Seize One licenses on your cash, up from two in previous editions and greater than Adobe’s two-computer most. Upgrading from a earlier model prices $119. A free, reduced-feature Categorical version of Seize One is obtainable to homeowners of sure Sony digicam fashions, who can improve to Professional for $50. A free, absolutely functioning 30-day trial model enables you to check the software program. Seize One Professional is obtainable for macOS (10.10.5 or later) and Home windows 7 SP1 via Home windows 10, and each require a machine with least a Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB RAM, and 10GB of free disk house.

The software program installer is a not-unreasonable 147MB, which is kind of a bit smaller than Lightroom Basic’s roughly 2GB. It is a 64-bit utility—helpful for when you will have many massive picture information open directly. One criticism I’ve with the set up course of is that it forces you to put in its personal model of the .NET Framework, and one other is that it requires a reboot. I needed to improve my picture catalog on the primary run, however doing so was fast. I additionally needed to activate the software program with my Seize One account.

Interface and Import

On first run, a video appeared, exhibiting the picture software program’s new options. Seize One’s interface hasn’t modified vastly from the previous few variations, and it stays straightforward on the eyes. The very darkish (adjustable) grey window options two massive buttons for importing and tethered seize. Not like Lightroom Basic’s interface, Seize One’s shouldn’t be modal. That’s, it would not current totally different workspaces for various features, resembling organizing, enhancing, or output. As an alternative, you do all the things within the one interface. The left panel may be switched amongst 12 views primarily based on what you are doing in the meanwhile—Library, Seize, Colour, Publicity, Lens, Composition (cropping), Particulars, Native Changes, Changes (together with presets), Metadata, Output, and Batch. You’ll be able to take away any view you do not use ceaselessly.

Alongside the highest, buttons change you amongst Choose, Pan, Loupe, Crop, Straighten, Keystone, Spot Removing, Draw Masks, White-Steadiness, and Apply Changes cursors. Simply as in Photoshop, rick-clicking these buttons opens a drop-down of extra cursor decisions, together with Zoom and Pan. The Apply Changes cursor enables you to copy and paste changes between photographs. This system gives good right-click menu choices, and keyboard shortcuts (for instance, C for crop, Ctrl-T to cover or present the Instruments menu, and quantity keys for rankings). You’ll be able to even create your personal shortcuts for any of this system’s menu choices. Undo and Reset buttons are helpfully all the time on the able to appropriate enhancing goofs. And question-mark icons in each instrument take you to the suitable assist entry—very useful certainly.

A easy roll of the mouse wheel shortly zooms your picture. Like Lightroom Basic, Seize One cannot zoom to a particular share. As an alternative, it stops at set quantities, resembling 25 %, 50 %, and so forth. There isn’t any indication whether or not the picture you are viewing has been absolutely rendered. In my testing, images rendered sooner than in Lightroom Basic, which does, nevertheless, point out when the picture is totally rendered. There is a full-screen view in Seize One which exhibits each the aspect panel and your picture, however that is far much less helpful than Lightroom Basic’s true full display screen view.

As an alternative choice to the massive Import button, you may set Seize One as your default AutoPlay choice when plugging in digicam media. The import dialog is highly effective. It enables you to select the supply, vacation spot, file renaming, and copyright metadata. You too can preform a simultaneous backup throughout import, and even apply adjustment types and presets resembling Panorama B&W, midtone increase curve, and sharpening. Autocorrect can also be a helpful import choice. You’ll be able to zoom the preview thumbnails, view single photographs, and select which photographs to import, however you may’t charge or tag them earlier than import, sadly. New for importing in model 11 is duplicate detection, which saves you from having pointless copies in your drive (one thing Lightroom’s had for years).

Like Lightroom Basic, Seize One shops info (together with any edits) on your imported images in databases referred to as catalogs. The precise picture information may be saved in a special folder location from the catalog, or proper inside it. Holding them separate means you may have the massive picture information on a separate NAS drive, for instance. Not like Adobe’s app, Seize One lets you will have a number of catalogs open concurrently. The default is to open the catalog you are importing to as quickly because the import begins.

A double progress bar exhibits each general import and present file-operation progress. Importing was sooner than with Lightroom Basic. For 155 uncooked photographs from each Canon and Nikon cameras with a SDHC four card, importing took 2:29 (minutes:seconds) in Seize One, whereas the identical import took Lightroom Basic a full 2 minutes extra. (I counted preview rendering for each applications’ imports.) You’ll be able to, nevertheless, begin engaged on images earlier than the entire import finishes, which is helpful. Most uncooked digicam information I examined in this system look noticeably higher than the unadjusted Lightroom and ACDSee equivalents, and even higher than within the wonderful DxO Optics Professional. Stiff competitors, nevertheless, comes from the free darktable app, although that program’s interface leaves rather a lot to be desired. Seize One now helps DNG photographs created by Adobe applications, treating them as authentic uncooked information. Even with these, I noticed extra element in Seize One than within the Lightroom’s preliminary conversion.

You’ll be able to change the Curve for rendering amongst Auto, Movie Additional Shadow, Movie Excessive Distinction, Movie Commonplace, and Linear Response. The primary few modes are extra saturated, and the final two give essentially the most element. Under is an instance exhibiting Seize One at high left, Lightroom Basic high proper, DxO decrease proper, and ACDSee decrease left. Click on on it for a full-size view, and you may see that the sew work within the hat is most detailed within the Seize One picture:

ACDSee vs. Capture One vs. Lightroom vs. DxO

As its title suggests, tethered seize is a robust level for Seize One—it gives extra than simply about any competitor, with its live-view Classes characteristic. There’s additionally an iPad app, Seize Pilot, that permits you to present, charge, and seize images utilizing Apple’s pill as a distant.

Organizing Pictures

Seize One enables you to add star rankings through thumbnails throughout the underside of the interface display screen and on the lower-right nook of the primary picture view. There aren’t easy Choose or Reject buttons for individuals with less-granular processes. There are, nevertheless, coloration labels, for individuals who set up that method. The Key phrase instrument accessible from the Metadata tab enables you to add key phrases to construct a Library. The following time you begin typing within the textual content field, any matching entry within the library is recommended. You’ll be able to even import or export key phrase libraries and add hierarchical key phrases. This system would not, nevertheless, give you a prepopulated key phrase library. I nonetheless favor the therapy of key phrases in Lightroom Basic, nevertheless, which gives exhaustive assist and presets for organizing your images on this most helpful method.

You’ll be able to create your personal albums (together with sensible albums primarily based on rankings, coloration codes, or search standards), tasks, or teams (which might embody any mixture of the above). However neglect about built-in geo-tagged maps or individuals tags, resembling you get in Lightroom. Seize One does provide good search choices by date, filename, score, and key phrase.

One useful organizational instrument in Seize One is known as Variants. Just like Lightroom Basic’s Snapshots characteristic, Variants allow you to create a number of copies of a photograph with totally different changes and edits. Variants are the one method to get a before-and-after view of your changes, and even that methodology would not work in addition to Lightroom Basic and DxO’s side-by-side views.

Adjusting Pictures

Group might not be Seize One’s forte, however in its collection of customary adjustment instruments—publicity, distinction, shadows, highlights, white steadiness, and so forth—Seize One is up there with the very best. This system gives an adjustable histogram, white steadiness, publicity, HDR, and readability. The final now gives just a few modes of its personal, with Punch, Pure, and Impartial being more practical than Basic mode, which simply appears to sharpen photographs. A few Lightroom Basic instruments I miss in Seize One are Vibrance and Dehaze. With these instruments, I can normally get a better-looking finish outcome utilizing Lightroom Basic, although Seize One will get extra element at preliminary uncooked conversion. An enormous A button above the side-panel buttons makes the suitable autocorrect changes for the present window. You’ll be able to undo the autocorrect adjustments of any given setting (publicity, white steadiness, and so forth) individually, with out undoing the others.

This system’s Excessive Dynamic Vary part gives simply two sliders, for highlights and shadows. Their objective is to not ship particular results, however somewhat to excellent a picture, and for that they are helpful. By comparability, CyberLink’s PhotoDirector can create HDR photographs with way more affect. The Ranges and Curves instruments within the Publicity panel are much more helpful for making vivid photographs. However Seize One is all about picture constancy—although there are Types that apply coloration and Black and White results, in addition to a Movie Grain instrument.

Capture One 11 Film Grain

Seize One contains instruments for correcting lens-geometry distortion, although the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.three DG OS HSM Modern for my Canon DSLR wasn’t included. (The Nikon-mount model of this lens is, nevertheless, supported.) Chromatic aberration correction comes underneath this lens-correction subset. A generic choice did fairly a great job in my testing. And the Purple Fringing choice can also be efficient. DxO Optics Professional stays my high decide for actually getting rid of chromatic aberration, nevertheless.

You do get a noise-reduction choice in Seize One, however Lightroom’s comparable characteristic is more practical in lowering noise, and it maintains extra of the unique picture’s element in a low-light shot. DxO Optic Professional gives the final word in noise discount, nevertheless, with its time-consuming Prime instrument.

I nonetheless discover cropping in Seize One just a little unusual: You’ll be able to’t simply hit Enter after deciding on the rectangle you need; the crop solely takes impact after you turn to a different cursor. It isn’t a horrible course of, only a bit uncommon. The crop instrument does helpfully present you both sides’s dimensions in inches or pixels, nevertheless. The straighten instrument has you draw a line that can change into the horizon, or you may manually tilt your picture whereas utilizing the Composition panel’s Rotation instrument.

Colour administration is a particular power in Seize One. You’ll be able to regulate coloration ranges or particular person colours, and you may also fine-tune pores and skin tones, specifically, utilizing a coloration picker. Different pores and skin helpers are the Clone and Heal instruments, which do an excellent job of blemish elimination. They work nearly the way in which Photoshop’s comparable instruments have for years, however Adobe’s content-aware instruments are more practical. The Masks From Colour choice in Seize One enables you to create adjustment layers primarily based on color-selected areas for native changes.

New for model 11 is quicker and extra correct masking with a feathering instrument and refinements for tough choices like hair or timber. The Ranges and Colour Steadiness instruments now work in layers, and you’ll regulate the opacity of every edit layer.

Capture One 11 Mask

Additionally new is the Annotations characteristic. That is helpful for collaborative enhancing, so the preliminary photographer/editor can ship notes to a retouching skilled or shopper about areas on the picture. It is principally a brand new drawing instrument that creates a layer, which you’ll cover or show and embody as a separate layer in case you export to PSD. I used to be sorry to see that the instrument would not work with contact displays, which might be an ideal match. You’ll be able to, nevertheless, select pen dimension and coloration, and an eraser instrument eases fixing mishaps.

Output of Pictures in Seize One

Seize One features a succesful printing characteristic. It lets you choose a coloration profile and gives customary layouts resembling contact sheets and A3/A4 codecs. You’ll be able to customise layouts along with your selection of column and row counts and spacing, and textual content and picture watermarking are choices. And now it can save you your personal customized format templates, too. The View menu gives a great variety of Proof Profiles to indicate how your picture will look on a collection of shows and print output sorts, however it would not spotlight nonprinting colours the way in which Lightroom Basic’s Smooth Proofing characteristic does.

One weak point in Seize One’s usefulness as a workflow answer is its lack of on-line sharing capabilities. There is a Make Net Contact Sheet selection that creates HTML for an internet server, however except for that the software program principally leaves you to your personal gadgets, with no web- or email-sharing options. There isn’t any built-in export to in style companies like Flickr, 500px, or SmugMug, neither is there any built-in ebook format and export instrument resembling you get in Lightroom Basic.

The Prime Seize Device?

For professionals on the lookout for extra tethered-shooting potentialities and critical amateurs who need absolutely the most element from digital uncooked digicam information at first import, you may’t beat Seize One. Layer followers and people who have to mark up images for collaborative enhancing will respect the updates in Model 11. However this system nonetheless trails our Editors’ Selection professional picture workflow utility, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Basic, on the idea of interface fluidity, organizational instruments, and depth of picture adjustment instruments.

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