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Adobe Lightroom vs. Capture One Pro

Fuji X-T3, 16-55 f2.8, ISO 12,800, 1/80 @ f2.8Fuji X-T3, 16-55 f2.8, ISO 12,800, 1/80 @ f2.8

I recently bought Fuji cameras and lenses and have watched YouTube videos critical of the way Adobe Lightroom sharpens Fuji files. A lot of YouTubers say Capture One Pro is better so I decided to give it a try.

Capture One Pro is impressive software. I agree that Capture One is better at sharpening Fuji files than Lightroom. It’s also nice having layers and Luma Mask in Capture One. But I also found myself missing the following:

  • Publishing to Flickr and SmugMug from within Lightroom.
  • Auto Transform: It amazes me how just one click can correct perspective.
  • Auto correct in Lightroom uses artificial intelligence and works really well. It is a big time saver for me.
  • The availability of many plugins. I enjoy Silver Efex Pro for black and white images and don’t believe it is available for Capture One.
  • Shortcuts that are just muscle memory for me: G to go to the grid view, D for develop and Backslash” to see before and after.
  • Lightroom Mobile is very useful. I use Lightroom CC on the desktop but sync previews to Lightroom Mobile and find that useful for image selection and initial editing.

If I am not happy with sharpening in Lightroom I can use Photoshop. Smart Sharpen in Photoshop seems to work well. And Lightroom now has an Enhance Details option. Kirk Tuck also has tips on sharpening here. My inclination is to sharpen high ISO images in Photoshop. Normal ISO images look fine to my eye in Lightroom.

I processed the Fuji raw file above in Lightroom and sharpened it Photoshop using Smart Sharpen. It’s ISO 12,800. That’s the highest I’ve ever shot. I think it looks fine.

Maybe I should be more open to change. It is wonderful to have options. But when I look at the advantages and disadvantages of Adobe vs. Capture One, Adobe wins for me.

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