Using Multiple Capture Folders in Capture One - Quick Tip

Jan 14, 2022


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Have you ever had a photoshoot with multiple people or outfits and you wanted a better way to organize your images during the photoshoot?

Did you know that you don't have to shoot into just 1 capture folder when using Capture One Pro? In this Quick Tip, I'll show you how to set up multiple capture folders for your next gig for quick and easy organization.

Sometimes you may want to have several subfolders to separate out WHAT or WHO you are shooting into their own folder.

For example, if you know up front that your client will be wearing 10 different outfits from their clothing company - you can set up 10 different subfolders - one for each of these outfits.

Or maybe you know that you will be shooting 8 different people for an ad campaign.

This could be a great opportunity to set up multiple Capture Folders - each for a specific item or person.

What's really powerful is that you can have Capture One automatically name the images as they are taken, depending on what capture folder you are shooting into. Let me walk you through it.

Step 1: Create a new Session 

Step 2: Create new Capture folders - I like to keep them inside my main Capture Folder. (Although there are several ways to do this inside C1 - it's probably easiest to remember just to create them using Finder / File Explorer in Windows.

Step 3: Add these new Capture folders to C1 Session Favourites (by dragging the new folders from Finder to Session Favourites to access them quickly)

Step 4: Change your Next Capture Naming tool to use the "Destination Folder" token (this will name each new capture with the name of the capture folder you select)

Step 5: Assign new capture folders as you shoot, and the name will be updated automatically - an easy way to do this is to right-click the folder in your Sessions Favourites and select "Set As Capture Folder"

It's that simple to set up C1 with multiple Capture Folders and automatically rename the tethered images to match the folder they live in.

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