There are some pretty good free and open source RAW image editing software that photographers can use to enhance the images they capture with their cameras. RawTherapee, UFRaw and Darktable comes to mind. But if you are a professional photographer who need to process large volumes of high quality images in a fast and efficient workflow, be prepared to shell out a couple of hundred bucks for a software that handles the entire process of transferring pictures from a digital camera, organizing them into categories and processing them in a bunch.
Adobe Lightroom or the Mac equivalent Aperture are two popular solutions that you can spend your money on. Or, you can avail the currently ongoing promotional giveaway offer where you can grab PhaseOne Capture One Express, a $99 professional RAW converter and image editing software, for free.
To get Capture One Express 6, visit this link and click on the Add to cart button. Complete the registration for a new user and on the final step of the checkout process enter DCM2013 into the voucher code box and click the “Confirm voucher” button.
Immediately, you’ll get a 100% discount. Complete the checkout and you will receive the license key to activate the software. Download Capture One 6 from this page.
Features of Capture One Express 6
Capture and Import
- Extended Camera Support
Capture One’s tailor-made camera profiles are renowned for providing ultimate image quality for leading DSLRs. Each camera is tested and fine-tuned extensively by our image quality team to create a bespoke profile that brings out the very best in your camera. Capture One supports image files from the most popular DSLRs - Canon, Epson, Fuji, Konica Minolta, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh and Sony - as well as Phase One digital backs and selected Leaf and Mamiya digital backs. For complete list of cameras supported, please visit www.phaseone.com/camerasupport.
The Import Window allows you to immediately import images and videos. This task is made even easier as you can apply multiple styles to image files during import.
- Integrated Movie Import
Import, browse and play back video clips, including HD video, from DSLR cameras.
Organise and Select
- Advanced file naming
Capture One provides a powerful renaming tool that enables you to create customised, token-based naming systems with ease. Choose your own combination of text and tokens to create your own bespoke naming system and apply it to an individual photograph or a group of images. Save your naming selection as a preset for future use to ensure image naming consistency.
Take advantage of your display to get a big, unobstructed full-screen view of your work. Make adjustments and compare them side-by-side.
The Library tool allows access to the images within Albums, Smart Albums and Favourites and to any image collections stored in folders on a computer or networked resource. It is easy to browse through the image collections thanks to the hierarchical tree structure of the library. It is even possible to work on images in folders without importing them (e.g. on a server or hard disk) to free up memory on your computer.
- Loupe Tool
Capture One’s Loupe Tool is a powerful magnifier that lets you zoom into an image from 25% to 200%. It can be used to quickly check focus or view close-up details of a selected image or even of any thumbnail in the image browser.
Capture One offers powerful support for metadata that can streamline workflow throughout the complete post-production process. The Metadata tool enables you to read, update, and modify valuable information at any point within the production process. The latest version adds XMP sync and Auto Load as well as a GPS link to Google Maps. Capture One provides wide support for exchange of metadata between applications.
- Rating and Colour Tagging
It is quick and easy to rate and colour tag images to help assist your selection and editing process. Ratings can be applied instantly (on screen or via keyboard shortcuts) from 1 to 5 stars. Colour tags can add another dimension and can be used together with a rating, or as an alternative on its own.
- Search and Filter
Search and Filter makes it easy to find, sort and organise images from a selected collection in a folder, session folders, album, or smart album. Resulting images are displayed as thumbnails in the image browser.
- Smart Albums
Album folders are virtual collections that offer an easy way to organise images from different folders, without having to create duplicate images in the same folder. Smart Albums are populated automatically by images that match the album’s criteria. Capture One comes with a selection of Smart Albums that are already set up in the library. You can also create your own Smart Albums.
Variants permit you to create virtual copies of your original image without taking up more than a few kilobytes of hard-drive space. Experiment with different settings or modify the work you have done on an image without risk.
- Browser Filmstrip
Capture One allows you to work with images in filmstrip view. You can use filmstrip view in combination with the viewer to quickly scroll from image to image, making changes and comparing images.
Adjust and Optimise
Use the Clarity Tool to improve hazy images by adjusting local contrast and a small amount of sharpness. The tool now allows negative clarity values, which helps smooth out local contrast in portrait images.
- Colour editor
Apply subtle colour adjustments with the Colour Editor. Colours can be altered in either a large area using the basic tool, or selected in a narrow colour space with the Advanced Colour Editor tool. The Local Adjustments feature enables you to perform powerful, selective colour adjustments to specific parts of your image with the reassurance that image tones will appear natural, thanks to an inbuilt Smart Saturation function that works intuitively behind the scenes.
- High Dynamic Range
Use the High Dynamic Range tool to recover shadow or highlight detail. The tool helps you to perfect high-contrast scenes by eliminating blown out highlights and flat shadows.
With Capture One you get a range of sharpening presets, formulated to provide a good starting point for sharpening images for most purposes. By default, the sharpening settings have been configured to provide a good-looking image on a screen and are an excellent basis for your own sharpening adjustments.
- Spot removal
Remove unwanted spots and marks instantly. Spot Removal is a fast and efficient way to remove imperfections in images. Dust spot removal can be used to eliminate spots from a group of images in a single click.
Vignetting is perfect for those times when you deliberately wish to lighten or darken the edges of an image. The vignette slider makes it easy to apply a vignette relative to any cropped image area.
- White balance
Capture One makes it simple to achieve your desired white balance setting. An image can be quickly corrected with a built-in auto white balance feature. Alternatively, use the white balance picker to select a neutral area of an image (or a grey or dark white area if possible) that will be used as a reference point to map all other colours. The Skin Tone white balance tool achieves exact skin tone colours without using a grey reference.
Presentations and Delivery
- Image output
Deliver image files to your clients and colleagues in whatever format, size, or resolution they ask for, while preserving the originals. You can process several formats at once and manage exactly what goes on using the batch queue. Use recipes to automate and produce consistent results.
- Print options
Showcase your work in creative formats using customised print layouts. Customise the margins, crop to match the aspect ratio of your paper, and add borders in custom widths and sizes. Take advantage of the colour-managed print engine for reliable colour rendition. Include watermarks and add metadata to prints. Capture One provides you with a wealth of printing options.
- Slide show
Create a slideshow and showcase your images in a single keystroke. This feature can integrate both still images and video files and it incorporates a selection of slick fades and transitions.
- Web contact sheet
Creating a web gallery is quick and easy. The Web Contact Sheet feature in Capture One now has a new selection of flexible templates for impressive web based images presentations.
Workflow and Performance
- Accelerated Editing and Processing
Get your work done fast with high performance RAW, JPEG and TIFF image file editing and processing through cross-platform 64-bit support. The 64-bit support takes full advantage of the advanced memory handling capabilities of the latest Mac and Windows operating systems - faster performance which does not compromise image quality.
- Interactive Speed
Tap into the vast computing power in your graphics processor and CPU and use it to accelerate your editing tasks. The new OpenCL support will let you experience incredible interactive editing speed.