Part 3 – Working with the multiple Applications

My Capture One, Lightroom, Photos, Photoshop and Aperture Workflow

Part 1 – Basic Rules

Part 2 – Organizing Convention

Part 3 – Working with the multiple Applications

 Only one working Master working Raw file.

This is the most important one, otherwise things will get really impossible to manage. The RAW/Jpeg image taken form the camera gets stored in one place. There could be multiple backups,, always denoted by the name backup in the root folder. All applications references this file.

I choose capture one as the main working applications, so I import first in capture one. But can also do from Aperture or Lightroom.

Importing with Capture One

Importing from SD card containing multiple events. Instead of importing once, I import three times.

  1. Import the selected events.. for the images I care about I check “Backup Enabled”, these images gets tired outside of catalog in external drive. Even if delete all the images inside catalog from my existing location the back would still exist there.


If you look closely you will notice, that all I type is just the sub folder name, nothing else at the time of import. I can add more things unique to each time, most likely that will not be the case overtime. So I just use the simplest step, I will continue most likely.

  1. I choose “Erase Images” after import, though most of the blogs and videos I saw discourage it , I think this makes it much easier. So I don’t complete all the import or do multiple import from same card this makes it much easier to know what’s imported. So that I can format the card in camera, with out worrying if I imported them or not.
  2. Adding images that are exported from Aperture, Lightroom catalog.
  • This images are imported with the destination as the current location. If the source is outside of the Master directory, then the destination is the master directory. Otherwise the images stays in the current location.

Working with Lightroom

If I like to use the the Lightroom, I just import the images from the saved location and keep the file in original location.  After making adjustments in the Lightroom, I export the images back to selected folder.


Capture One Export for Sharing –  Sub Foldercapture-one-export

After edits are completed, if I want to share with the photos application, export the images in the selected folder. These are jpeg images for online printing, web sharing, exporting to 500px, etc.. I usually export a iPad resolution of ‘***’ and up into the selected folder and full resolution of ‘Green’ tagged images.


Editing with the Photoshop

Usually I do it from Photoshop, as I can select multiple images do basis raw processing and then edit them all in photoshop as layers.

  1. Use open with if no edits are done in Capture One.. I save this images directly in the sub edited folder , as PDF or Tiff image
  2. Once I am done with the Phtoshop I export the jpeg version in selected folder.

Working with the Aperture

For older files.. consolidate and relocate ..

This is ostly for existing images, just open Aperture.. make any changes
selection, search etc. If I don’t want to complex edits, then just import in

Aperture from the main location.

Working with Apple Photos

Drag and Drop the selected folder into Photos.

Photos Add 1.pngPhotos Add.png

This just keeps all the images in Photos application, which gets replicated to my iPhone , iPad other mac.. etc, Keep the copy in cloud etc..

This way, all the selected images gets stored with the jpeg copy in cloud, and all the device, makes it easy to share, view in Applet TV , etc..