We Removed the Fear of Moving from Lightroom to Capture One 20

You don’t have to be scared of a better editing software now: here’s how you can move from Lightroom to Capture One 20.

Moving away from Lightroom and coming to Capture One 20 was one of the best mental health decisions I’ve made for my career. I know Lightroom has improved, and I’ll acknowledge that Adobe is paying closer attention to photographers, but still I think Capture One 20 is the better software choice for several reasons. We’ve had photographers ask us about how to move over from Lightroom to Capture One 20, and we’ve got a tutorial below.

Editor’s Note: we are not paid influencers from Capture One, and this isn’t a sponsored post. We’ve been invited to Capture One’s affiliate program many times, but we always turn it down. 

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This video will cover most of what you need to get started in Capture One 20. It’s not covering catalogs: you can totally do that on your own. Many photographers tend to use Sessions instead of Catalogs, which means that the regular performance is that much faster. Instead, this video is going to help you navigate through the difficulty of moving over. Photographers will look at Capture One 20 and not even know where to begin when editing. Sometimes, it’s not intuitive, and there are ways to make it easier to digest. Below are some of the most significant differences.

Everything You Need to Concentrate on in One Place

Where Lightroom puts stuff on the left, right, and on the top of the image editing space, Capture One’s layout allows the image takes up more real estate space. So to make this convenient, we moved the toolbar to the right side. That way, you can access your library and all the editing and exporting tools you need in one spot. The process of editing the Capture One 20 way also helps you create better images. On top of that, the editing engine is far superior: even manufacturers admit to that. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard manufacturers say that Capture One 20 caused them so many fewer headaches with consumers than Adobe Lightroom did.

Your Image Browser Below

Capture One 20, by default, puts your images on the left. I don’t really like that, so I moved the image browser to the bottom. To do this, click on View and then adjust the Browser settings as needed. There are three different ways to navigating through your images too. In the video, we set it up to work the most like Lightroom does.

You Can Make a Tool Tab Work Just Like Adobe Lightroom’s

To make your tool tab work more like Lightroom’s, you’ll need to create a new Tool tab with the Quick adjustment option. Right-click in the space and then add it. From there, you can add as many tools as you want to make it work just like Lightroom. This is an easy way to move over, and by using Capture One 20 while making your normal edits, you end up with far better images than you can create in Lightroom.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.