What superior, richer color is C1P doing that Lr can not also do with the choice of a different camera profile (DCP file) or import preset?
Check out this article: http://4bcokm12bvu948gi7312gnab-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com …20Capture%20One%20Pro.pdf
Author's conclusion, in part
In conclusion, if you simply compare default settings, the results will look different. If you go beyond the basics and actually edit in Capture One or Lightroom, you can make your photos look similar, or make them look however you want. Having worked in Capture One, I have full confi- dence in the program’s image-editing controls, just as I have in Lightroom. The perceived wisdom that Capture One is sharper is mostly based on a superficial analysis of the default settings.
Capture One does outshine Lightroom in some respects though. The color editing sliders offer better fine-tuning control, particularly for skin tones. The Shadows and High- lights sliders have a greater range of tone control when editing regular dynamic range images. The new Luma Curve is useful for precise control of luminance and color contrast. The global moiré removal is faster, and the black- and-white conversion process is good at suppressing halos along areas of color contrast.
Also worth noting the large Photoshop conference ad at a he end of the article, and the clear history of the author's Ps and Lr preference in his closing bio.
All that said, seems the bulk of the article is about sharpening, not color with the conclusion that C1 does have an advantage in the color department.
I have all this stuff set up to auto apply but I reverse other things. I have presets to undo these adjustments rather than apply them. I don't always agree with LR's Auto decisions but am learning what makes it tick. Saves time with black and white clipping, shadows and highlights. Something I'd do anyway.
My typical workflow is to edit one image and then copy > paste the adjustments to the remaining images all at once. Any tweaking of individual images is usually pretty quick.
One thing I noticed was C1 was better at pulling highlights back.
In my experience this is a huge difference. Combine recovery of highlights and shadows with the great color correction tools and it is a great tool for my uses.
Fwiw, I have been working with a color checker in studio and have found that reducing overall contrast (-30), then tweaking colors has provided great results. Tones in the 190-225 and say, 50-100 area are more true to the color checker. This is for color critical product work, not portraits, etc.
I have been very happily surprised with the results.