Sessions are convenient for professional photographers due to their default modular folder structure (consisting of Capture, Selects, Output, and Trash sub-folders, and a separate Session database file). This makes them particularly suitable when working with a tethered camera in a studio, but Sessions are also ideal for typical day-to-day projects, where importing images from a memory card is expected. However, if you don’t want to create a Session for each occasion and would prefer not to adopt a more managed Catalog-based workflow, you can use a single Session for a typical file system workflow instead.
Sessions work differently from Catalogs as they automatically generate and store image cache and settings locally. These files are stored in a CaptureOne sub-folder within the source images' folder. You don't even have to import images using a Session, you can continue to use your existing workflow. Simply go to the folder or individual image using the Finder/Explorer (macOS/Windows), then drag and drop it into the Session window or navigate to your image folders using the Session Library instead. The images will be displayed just as they would when using a Catalog or a typical Session. Any adjustments made are written to the local settings files and are used the next time you visit the image folder.
When it is needed to move the image folders, the accompanying Session database file of a typical Session is not even necessary. Providing the CaptureOne sub-folder remains within the source images' folder, it can be moved to any location and viewed on any local computer running Capture One. Note that using a Session this way will result in a loss of some search capability and will limit the effectiveness of favorites and albums.
- Create a new single Session using a descriptive name (e.g., Image Library).
- Drag and drop a folder (or individual image from the folder) into the Session window. Images are displayed in the browser (see Step 5 and Step 6).
- Alternatively, go to the Sessions Folders collection in the Session's Library panel and navigate to your existing folders of images.
- Click on a folder of images to display them. Thumbnails will be shown in the browser.
- Click on an image in the browser to display the image in the viewer.
- Continue using Capture One to make adjustments.