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Danish company Capture One has confirmed that it is going to lay off a number of staff as part of a restructure. The company also said that there would be “significant changes” to its team. Capture One is the developer of the Capture One photo editing software.

What has been announced?

The news about the layoffs was first revealed by the PetaPixel website. In a post, PetaPixel said that it became aware of the issues last week. However, Capture One has now confirmed the job losses. Capture One said, “Last Monday we made an internal announcement about significant changes for the Capture One team. These are not actions we take lightly and the people that were affected by them were treated with respect and empathy.”

Who has been laid off?

Capture One didn’t confirm which staff members were going to lose their jobs. However, PetaPixel claimed that a significant portion of Capture One’s communications team had been laid off. The Capture One spokesperson said, “Although we have nothing specific to announce today, as the photography industry continues to evolve and we at Capture One make progress with our strategy as a standalone company, we’re implementing changes that align our investments with the areas where we’re seeing increases in customer satisfaction and traction with our users.”

Why has Capture One done this?

Last year, Capture One announced it was stopping the sale of perpetual licenses and changing to a subscription-based model. This move was unpopular with customers, especially as it followed a 50% discount promotion on perpetual licenses that Capture One had run. The iPhone version of the Capture One app also got a lukewarm reception when it was launched last year. In addition, Capture One ended support for its Capture One Express app at the end of 2023.

What we think

The layoffs suggest that Capture One is still going through difficult times. The company also laid off staff from its communications team last year after it moved to a subscription model for the software. Since then, Capture One took on more staff again towards the end of 2023. However, only a few months later they have again been forced to downsize. Hopefully Capture One can bring some stability to its business with the restructuring to secure its future.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.