Last month, Phase One announced Capture One Pro 8 with a big statement to essentially became the “other” RAW processing and file management application on the opposite side of Adobe’s Lightroom.
One big hook that Capture One Pro 8 pitches is the migration tools that allow users to more easily migrate files from (the now dead) Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom.
Additionally, there are a several new features that take a direct shot at just about everything Adobe Lightroom can do and then some. Take a look at the list of new features from Capture One Pro 8 below:
Capture One Pro 8 now allows you to completely control the content of your images and to remove unwanted objects or blemishes. The new clone and heal layers allow you to perform simple cloning or advanced healing, with full control over the size and shape of the affected areas.
Capture One Pro 8 now comes with a full complement of Local Adjustments. Fine-tune details with for instance luminance noise reduction and white balance in targeted areas of your images for unlimited creative control. Work directly on the RAW file to ensure maximum quality and detail retention and save time by making all adjustments in ome application.
High Dynamic Range (HDR)
With Capture One Pro 8, you can bring out even more detail in highlights and shadows – even in over- or underexposed images. The improved HDR tool helps you perfect high-contrast scenes by recovering blown-out highlights and opening up dark shadows, all from one single capture.
Capture One Pro 8 introduces a new and unique Film Grain tool that lets you add grain directly to your images to mimic film stock, hide noise or simply for creative effect. The advanced Film Grain algorithms are based on a physical model for how light interacts with silver halide to create authentic grain that is fully scalable and natural to the eye.
Black & White Conversion
Convert your images to black & white directly in Capture One Pro 8. An array of controls let you precisely adjust the color channels and create split toning effects when you convert to gray-scale.
Catalogs in Capture One Pro 8 help you organize your collection of images. Use different types of image collections and organizational tools to organize, browse and search for thousands of images at unprecedented speed.
Check out the follow video for an overview of Capture One Pro 8:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0IcSplkBKY&w=700]
Capture One Pro 8 retails for $299 and updates are also available for only $99. Phase One also took a cue from Adobe by introducing subscription pricing for $10 per month; however, there’s no Photoshop package to go along with it, so it really doesn’t seem like as good of a deal as Adobe’s Photoshop Photography Program that combines Photoshop and Lightroom for $10/mo.
For those looking to migrate from Aperture or leave Adobe due to the subscription models, Capture One Pro 8 looks to be a pretty attractive option. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
You can also try the software free for 60 days and check out additional tutorials here on Phase One’s website.