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Why You Should Be Using Both Sessions and Catalogs In Capture One Pro

Capture One Pro is a behemoth of a raw converter. Its ability not only to bring out amazing detail in raw files but also to efficiently organize photos before, during, and after a shoot is truly impressive. If you haven't used Capture One before, or if you're just getting started, here are some suggestions for how to get the most out of the software's approach to organization.

The Two Paths

Capture One uses two primary methods for organizing files: Sessions and Catalogs. Both have their merits and drawbacks. While you could easily choose to use only one of these methods, I highly recommend at least trying your hand at using both in conjunction with one another. This gives you enhanced flexibility with your file structure and allows you to have more freedom out in the field. But before we talk about using Sessions and Catalogs together, we have to discuss what each of them does differently.

When you open Capture One for the first time you'll be asked if you already are familiar with Capture One. If you say no, you'll be automatically brought into Capture One's Catalog based workflow. Catalogs work just fine, but you can get a lot more out of the program if you use Sessions as well.

The Way of The Session

In years passed, Sessions were Capture One's de-facto method of organization.

When you create a new Session, Capture One creates five folders on your hard drive: a parent folder with the same name of the session you've created that contains the Capture Folder, Selects Folder, Output Folder, and Trash Folder.

As stated above, Capture One creates folders with these names with each new session you make. However, true to Capture One's philosophy of circus-performer-esque flexibility, you can enable any folder on your hard drive with the above qualities, thereby making any folder of your choosing the "Capture" folder, and so on. This is especially useful when tethering and organizing photos on-set.

The uses of these folders are pretty straightforward:

  • Capture Folder: where all of your RAW files go while tethering or after importing from a card
  • Selects Folder: images you've marked as a select will now physically live in this folder
  • Output Folder: contains all of your converted JPEGS, TIFFS, etc.
  • Trash Folder: images you've determined to be trash live in this folder but are not deleted from disk until instructed to do so

Sessions are typically made on a per-shoot basis, although I'll expand on other options shortly.

You have a headshot shoot next Tuesday? Make a new session. Going on a road trip over the weekend? Make a new session. Have a boudoir shoot on Thursday? Make a new session. Sessions are designed to handle a few thousand images, but after you get into the 3k+ area you may experience performance issues. This is why Sessions are best per-shoot and not for an entire body of work.

Easy Backups

Sessions have the benefit of containing everything from a particular shoot all in one place- inside the parent folder. This is a good thing because it's so easy to create backups. At the end of the day after you've made selects, created crops, processed files, etc. all you have to do to make an exact duplicate of everything from your shoot is copy the parent folder and paste somewhere else. No large database to keep track of, no virtual path to maintain. Simple.

I love sessions and encourage as many people to use them as I can when I teach because it encourages you to understand where your files are on your operating system outside of a piece of software. Because the folder structure is so simple and easy to understand, (Capture, Selects, Etc.) you can navigate to a raw file or processed TIFF years after the fact with ease without ever opening the program.

If a client asks to re-license an image from a shoot years ago but you can't find it because you jumped the gun and updated your OS without checking Capture One's compatibility, you'll likely still be able to navigate to the session folder, peek inside the output folder, and voila.

Use Sessions Like a Browser

You can also think of a Session in Capture One Pro like a 1:1 representation of what's on your hard drive. Using the system folders function, you can use any session in Capture One like a file browser. Navigate to any folder on your local or connected external drive and use Capture One to view and even edit and retouch images without having to import them. The best part? Any other Session you use to navigate to those raw files will reflect the edits you've made thanks to Capture One's handy sidecar folder system.

Because of this ability to browse and edit without having to import or even use the Session that was originally associated with the images I'm viewing, I sometimes use a Session without any images in the Capture Folder named "Utility Session" which is dedicated to nothing except browsing other images on the fly.

The Way of The Catalog

For years Capture One only used a Session based workflow. Phase One recognized the popularity of  larger database-centric organizational structures used by the likes of Lightroom and the now abandoned Aperture and provided the option of using Catalogs as well as Sessions beginning with Capture One Pro 7.

The fundamental way in which images are edited are identical in both Sessions and Catalogs, but the way files are organized and navigated through are very different. Unlike Sessions which are meant to house a typical number of images in a photo shoot, Catalogs are designed to house a large body of work and can handle many thousands of images.

Referenced Vs. Managed Catalogs

Catalogs will be familiar to those coming from Lightroom. They rely on a single database file that is best left on a local drive for optimum performance, however images can be saved wherever you like. In a "referenced" Catalog, the Catalog keeps track of your photos  by remembering a folder structure path. It is also possible to save RAW files within the Catalog database file (a "managed" Catalog), however I strongly recommend against this.

If a database isn't backed up properly and becomes lost or corrupted, there's no guarantee you'll get your RAW files back. This is not an issue if you keep your original RAW files outside of the database file. The database file is simply the user interface of Capture One which contains your virtual organization, image previews, edits, and other backend files.

Unlike a session which is based on a per-shoot mentality, Catalogs can be created to satisfy a variety of organizational preferences. For example, you could create a Catalog per year, per client, per genre, or use a single Catalog for all your past and future images.

In-Depth Virtual Organization

After you've created your Catalog you have the option of creating virtual organization within the Catalog. This is accomplished by using Albums, Smart Albums, Projects, and Groups. Unlike Sessions, these terms have no analog in your physical hard drive. They exist only within the database file. This type of organization is nice because it allows you to be as creative and flexible as you want, and because it's completely virtual, you have the option of being able to access the same image in a variety of ways without duplicating the image file.

  • Groups: Virtual Organization. Can't contain images, but can contain other Groups, Projects, Albums and Smart Albums
  • Projects: Like Groups, they can exist on their own or in Groups. Projects cannot contain images, but can contain albums and smart albums. When placed in Projects, Smart Albums will only search the images contained in Albums within the Project.
  • Albums: Only organization that can actually "contain" images in a Catalog. Can be nested in Projects, Groups, or can exist on their own.
  • Smart Albums: Albums which are constantly applying search criteria. For example, all 5 star images that are also color tagged red. When placed by themselves or within Groups they will search every image in the Catalog. When placed in a Project, they will only search images within the Project.

Catalogs lack the flexibility of Sessions in that you have to import images in order to edit them and can't browse your hard drive through the lens of arguably the best raw converter available, but they have the strength of being able to handle very large numbers of images, and in doing so, can be used to keyword and organize to the Nth degree.

Another benefit to Catalogs is that, should you choose to house your images on an external hard drive but leave your Catalog database file on your local drive, the Catalog will create smart previews so that you can continue to edit, organize, and keyword your images even if your external drive is disconnected.

The Best of Both Worlds

Now that we've discussed what Sessions and Catalogs are and how they differ from one another, let's talk about how we can use them in conjunction with one another.

Personally, I use Catalogs based on genre. I have a Food Catalog, Landscape Catalog, and Magazine Catalog. These Catalogs house thousands of images and "contain" all the images I've ever shot in those genres. Because of that I can search within those Catalogs easily and find the images I'm looking for. My Catalog database files live on my local drive, but my raw files are housed physically on a large external hard drive.

If I'm about to go out on an editorial shoot, I'll create a Session for that shoot. I'll tether into the Capture Folder, talk with the client about selects and aesthetics, and maybe even start editing. I'll also make a couple backups of the parent folder for redundancy and feel content knowing that the all-important shoot I just completed is self contained and easily accessible.

Once I'm done with the shoot, I'll head back to home base where I place the session in my large external hard drive next to my other editorial Sessions. I then import the Session (along with its keywords, edits, albums, etc.) into my Magazine Catalog to be housed for future reference.

This way I have the flexibility and redundancy of a simple Session based workflow out in the field as well as the complex organization of a Catalog based system after the shoot is over.

Importing a Session into a Catalog

To import a Session into a Catalog, open a Catalog, then click File > Import Session. You'll then navigate to the Session you would like to import into your Catalog and highlight the file with the extension ".cosessiondb" which is the Session's database file.

Capture One will then import all of the image-containing folders from the Session (Capture, Selects, Output) as well as any Albums, Smart Albums, favorites folders, keywords, edits, etc. as a Project into your Catalog which you can then organize using the Catalog's virtual organization.

The Session you imported still exists on your hard drive, still contains all of your raw files, and will remain unaffected after the import. It's important to note that changes you make in the Catalog to the now-imported Session will not be synchronized to the Session on your hard drive, therefore its recommended that you place the Session in its final resting place without the intention of returning back to it before importing into a Catalog.

This organizational technique has been wonderful for my workflow, but everyone has their own methods. Do you use Sessions? Catalogs? Both? Do you intend to experiment with Sessions after reading this article? Let us know!

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Editing / Retouching

During import, a pre-set applies copyright metadata to all images. The initial image selection is then done by marking selected images with a 3 star in Capture One. These files will all be given basic corrections and have a grade applied to resemble the rest of my work.

3 starred files are exported as JPEGS and uploaded to an online client proofing gallery. Once the client has returned a spreadsheet with the file numbers they like, this list is ingested into Capture One and the images are marked with a 5 star. All 5 star images are given a final edit in Capture One, before being exported for any further work in Photoshop.

Any files worked on in Photoshop are saved as a layered PSD and also as a flat TIFF. The TIFFS are bought back into Capture One, which enables them to be exported in any format requested by the client.The last stage before they are ready to supply to the client and archive is to copy the final TIFFS to a separate Capture One catalogue that holds all of the finished work for easy access when putting together portfolios, working on my website and updating content on social media.

Archiving (the hardware)

Our main archive is a Synology NAS. This has the benefit being able to easily expand the amount of storage it holds. Our enclosure holds (5x) 10TB Seagate Iron Wolf drives. They are setup in a raid format, giving 25TB of storage. If one drive fails, you just remove it, put a new one in and it rebuilds itself. If you run out of drive bays you can simply connect it to another unit.

We also use Synology Cloud Station which creates your own personal Dropbox using your NAS to host all company data. This means if it is edited on one machine, it will sync across all others and important files can be accessed remotely from any machine in the world. 

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Capture One version 13.1.2 released with support for the Sony a7S III, Canon R5/R6 and Sigma fp cameras

By PR admin | Published: August 21, 2020

Capture One version 13.1.2 was released today with support for the following cameras: Sony A7S III Canon EOS R5 Canon EOS R6 Sigma FP The full release notes can be found here. Capture One currently has a 25% discount on perpetual licenses and subscriptions with coupon code TAKE25OFF. Please be aware that this discount does not […]

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By PR admin | Published: July 7, 2020

Capture One is offering a new 25% discount on perpetual licenses and subscriptions with coupon code TAKE25OFF. Please be aware that this discount does not refer to Capture One upgrades and Styles packs. This offer is valid until September 30th, 2020. A free 30 days trial of Capture One is available here. Other available coupon […]

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Capture One for Nikon launched together with Capture One 13.1.0

By PR admin | Published: May 18, 2020

Today Phase One launched the previously rumored brand new Capture One for Nikon (together with Capture One 13.1.0). You can download and try the new software for 30 days free. See what’s new here. All purchase options are available here. The new version also now supports the Zeiss ZX1 camera. Additional information:

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Capture One for Nikon cameras rumored to be announced soon

By PR admin | Published: May 15, 2020

Capture One is rumored to release a new dedicated version for Nikon users:

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By PR admin | Published: February 6, 2020

→ Ending on February 7th: the new DeNoise AI from Topaz Labs is on sale for $59.99 (regularly $79.99). You can get an additional 15% off with coupon code “BATCH15” (final price: $50.99). → New: get 25% off Capture One Pro 20 download. → 30% off on Franzis photo editing software with coupon code “PROJECTS30”. → Get […]

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