How to Import Your Lightroom Catalogs into Capture One

If you’re looking to move away from Adobe Lightroom and you’ve become frustrated with a lot of the issues the program has (including its sloth-like pace), then you may want to try Capture One 10. Personally, I’ve been working with it for months and I’m smitten! Ever since I published my last piece about it, we’ve had questions about how to import your catalogs from Lightroom into Capture One. At the moment of publishing this post, it’s in Beta but it’s bound to be improved.

Essentially, working with Catalogs in Capture One is so much easier than in Lightroom and the whole interface and system is leaps and bounds faster once you get used to it. Capture One will import all the images with the exception of a few things: you won’t get collections, crops, rotations, and a few edits. If that’s a dealbreaker for you, then fine. But personally for me, that isn’t so bad. I tend to edit one photo in a session and then sync those edits to others. Then I just go ahead and make fine tuned adjustments to each if I need to.

It makes my workflow much better and easier. I’ve been doing this in Lightroom for years and doing it in Capture One Pro 10 is pretty simple to do and ends up giving you better color when you do your export process.

Before I go on, please also note that Capture One isn’t for everyone. It’s much more complicated than Lightroom, but it allows you to get better images overall. It’s the industry standard in fashion and I just like the way it renders RAW files. You should give it a genuine try before you purchase though: if you don’t commit to getting out of Lightroom, then you’ll be stuck due to the virtual monopoly Adobe has on our industry.

PS: Capture One and Phase One do not pay me to write this. I’m simply writing it because I understand the Photo community’s frustration with the program.