Capture One quick tip: access to sample photos catalog

New users who are installing Capture One for the first time could choose to open a test catalog with a few sample photos. If you have Capture One installed already, access to this catalog is not straightforward, but possible.

The test catalog is a part of Capture One installation so you only need to copy it into the preferred folder and then open as any other catalog. Here are instructions for both Mac and Windows users:

  1. Navigate to the /Applications folder. You should have a bookmark for it in Finder’s sidebar. If you won’t find it there, different methods are possible — the easiest one is to use Finder’s main menu option Open → Applications (or use Cmd+Shift+A keyboard shortcut).
  2. Scroll down to the Capture One 20 item in this folder and click on it with the right mouse button (or perform Ctrl + left mouse button click). Then pick Show Package Contents option in the context menu. This makes application files available for browsing.


     
  3. Open folder Contents and its subfolder Resources. Scroll down to find Capture One Catalog.zip file and copy it to the folder of your choice — Pictures may be a suitable one. If you decide to drag and drop this file to that folder, make sure, that you are copying and not moving the file (hold Option key during dragging and the small green plus icon appears beside the file icon indicating the file will be copied).


     
  4. Unzip the copied file which will create a new folder named Capture One Catalog. You can double-click any of the following files located in it to open the catalog in Capture One:
    • Pro-Capture One.cocatalogdb — this one is for unlimited Capture One Pro version (licensed or trial) and contains 6 sample photos
    • Fuji-Capture One.cocatalogdb — this one is for Fujifilm version of Capture One (licensed or trial) and contains 2 sample photos in RAF format
    • Nikon-Capture One.cocatalogdb — this one is for Nikon version of Capture One (licensed or trial) and contains 2 sample photos in NEF format
    • Sony-Capture One.cocatalogdb — this one is for Sony version of Capture One (licensed or trial) and contains 2 sample photos in ARW format
Available variants of sample catalog
  1. Navigate to the folder, where the Capture One is installed in Windows Explorer. Standard location is C:\Program Files\Phase One\Capture One 20
  2. Here open the DemoContent subfolder where you will find the Capture One Catalog.zip file. You can directly unpack this file into the desired folder — Pictures is a convenient one.


     
  3. Newly created subfolder Capture One Catalog in selected folder will contain following files which can be opened in Capture One by double-clicking them:
    • Pro-Capture One.cocatalogdb — this one is for unlimited Capture One Pro version (licensed or trial) and contains 6 sample photos
    • Fuji-Capture One.cocatalogdb — this one is for Fujifilm version of Capture One (licensed or trial) and contains 2 sample photos in RAF format
    • Nikon-Capture One.cocatalogdb — this one is for Nikon version of Capture One (licensed or trial) and contains 2 sample photos in NEF format
    • Sony-Capture One.cocatalogdb — this one is for Sony version of Capture One (licensed or trial) and contains 2 sample photos in ARW formatIMG
Available variants of sample catalog

Each of these photos is available in two variants — the original and edited by Capture One creators.

Sample catalog

I had the honor to contribute to that selection with my sika deer photo you could see in the bottom row. It is an image from my testing of Fujifilm GFX100 — the medium format one-hundred megapixel camera. You can check how amazing details it can capture. And if you decide to play with the image, here is my edit for your inspiration — created in Capture One Pro, of course :)

Sika deer (Fujifilm GFX 100 + Fujinon GF250mm F4 R LM OIS WR, f/5.6, 1/160 s, ISO 320)

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