Capture One vs. Lightroom

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Fujifilm XT-3 Raw File Processed in Capture One © David H. Enzel, 2020

I own and enjoy Fuji cameras and prefer to shoot in Raw. When sharpening Fuji Raw files in Adobe Lightroom, the software creates a wormy effect that is distracting. This led me to try Capture One.

The Capture One software does a clean job of sharpening Fuji files but Lightroom does not. I don’t know why this is. However, the difference is to my eye significant.

I can sharpen Fuji files in Photoshop instead of Lightroom with no worms. However, I prefer to do as much as possible without creating and maintaining a new file in a pixel editor.

Im a long-time Adobe Lightroom user. I had no desire to learn another program but I had to see for myself. Beyond sharpening, I have found that Capture One sliders offer greater control over adjustments.

Capture One has its downsides. The learning curve is steep. Capture One has no cloud presence. And keystone correction in Lightroom is, in my opinion, much better than in Capture One.

I don’t intend to leave Lightroom as I have a big Lightroom catalogue. However, I am sold on processing Raw Fuji files in Capture One rather than Lightroom.

The following video by Chris Weekly is a great example of what I’ve experienced:

Martin Bailey is an outstanding landscape photographer who uses Canon equipment. He switched to Capture One four years ago. He believes he ends up with a better result independent of the Fuji “worms issue.” Bailey today still prefers Capture One.

If you have yet to try Capture One, I suggest you give it a go. You may be pleasantly surprised.

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