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Capture Pilot v1.1 review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Keywords: capture, pilot, phase, software, phase_one, capture_one

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The experience of working with the iPad as a real-time photo viewer is truly wonderful. The photographs look superb and I honestly liked looking at them on the iPad far better than looking at them on my laptop screen. You are able to intuitively zoom in and out and you can immediately swipe left or right to see other photos. At the same time, it is simple to quickly toggle to a grid view and select a specific image. The grid view has three different sizes of thumbnails so you can customize your viewing experience.

iPad_Small_Thumbnails iPad_LargeImageView
Thumbnailview Large imageview

Capture Pilot has an integrated a histogram function that overlays the lower left corner of each photo. The viewer can toggle the iPad’s histogram on or off depending on how much information they want to see on the screen. For a pure viewing experience, toggle it off. For a detailed look at the exposure, turn it on.

From a workflow standpoint, the best feature of Capture Pilot is to be able to rate and label the images wirelessly. Clients can hold the iPad in their hand and choose which photos they like the best by simply touching the star rating or the color label on the image itself. This metadata is then wirelessly transferred back to the main Capture One software in real time. Rating and ranking images has never been easier or more fun.

iPad_Histogram iPad_StarRating iPad_ColorLabels
Histogramview Rating Color Labels

Another very cool aspect is that changes you make to the images on your computer in Capture One Pro 6.0 are immediately viewable on the iPad/iPhone. For example, let’s say that you are at a fashion shoot and want to show the client some other looks for the images you’ve already taken. Perhaps you want to show what the images look like in black and white. You can easily make these changes in Capture One Pro 6.0 and they show up immediately on the iPad. Everyone can say “ooh or ewww” and then you can make new modifications based on the feedback. The cool thing is that you, the photographer, are now in complete control of the viewing experience and the viewers are active participants in the creative process.

But wait, it gets even better. Let’s say that the client tells you that they like a specific style you’ve applied to the photos and that they want all the future images during the shoot to be processed the same way. All you need to do in Capture One Pro 6.0 is to keep the “Copy From Last” feature activated and all future images will be adjusted with new settings. The iPad or iPhone will show the new style immediately after each photo is taken. The best part is that since these adjustments are made in Capture One Pro 6.0, they are non-destructive and can be reversed at any time.


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Originally written on March 23, 2011

Last updated on June 7, 2016

Mike Hagen Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Expert photography teacher

Gig Harbor, USA
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