You must first choose between a Catalog or a Session to begin importing images and working in Capture One.
A Catalog is more suitable for creating or maintaining an existing image library and is ideal for large, on-going projects. Although you can create numerous Catalogs, a Session is more convenient when working with smaller, individual projects. For example, you can simply create a separate Session folder for each download from a memory card, which you can name by date or project as per your existing naming strategy.
However, you are not forced to use one type of image management system over the other. You can create as many as you like (depending on disk space) and can switch between the different types at any time.
After opening and activating Capture One, you will be presented with a simple dialog with two workflow choices:
- I am New to Capture One - select this if you are unfamiliar with Capture One and want to open a Catalog.
- I know Capture One - select this if you’re familiar with either Catalogs or Sessions. You will be presented with a second dialog with the option to create a new Catalog/Session.
A new document (i.e., Catalog/Session) is created and named (this can be renamed later if necessary). After creating a new document, you can import files from your card reader connected camera or folder.
Get an overview of Capture One Pro 12 in this video tutorial. Watching this video will help you to get started working with Capture One easier and faster. This tutorial explains the basics of the user interface in Capture along with the functionality of the adjustment and cursor tools.