Optimize your workflow with Albums
November 24, 2011 3 Comments
One of the key organizing elements in a Capture One 6 Session is an Album. It looks like a normal image folder, but it is just a virtual folder with internal references to the real location of the images.
- You can create as many Albums in a Session as you wish.
- You add images to an Album simply by drag and drop.
- An Album can contain images from different locations.
- Images in an Album can come from any folder location both inside as well as outside the Session folder.
- When deleting an image in an Album, you only remove it from the Album. You do not delete it from the original folder.
If you move an image containing multiple variants to an Album, the Album will also show the variants. Variants of an image will always stay together.
An image in an Album will always reflect the current corrections made on the image at the original location. There is only one original, and changing an image in an Album will also change the appearance of the image at the original location.
I typically use Albums to create small collections of images sharing a common theme, which could be something as simple as my Black and White images. I love Black and White so in each new Session, I always create an Album for Black and White images even though I may have gone out shooting without having Black and White shots in mind. I keep all my originals in the Import folders inside my Session folder. When I go through my Import folders, I immediately add files to my Black and White Album when I see images which will work great as Black and White. By adding the files to an Album rather than moving them to a new folder, I still have all my originals in one location, which I like. Browsing through the Import folder again, I continue to have all the images there, and I can make another selection, which I can add to a different Album.
By using Albums, I am able to keep one Album with images for Black and White work and another Album for working on images in full colors. I just need to create Variants: one Variant holding the Black and White version and one Variant holding the color version.
To add an Album you can right click on any Session Album, Favorite or folder and select the “New Album” from the dropdown menu. You can also add an Album by selecting the Library Tool action menu icon. The Session above already contains 4 Albums as indicated by the blue circle.