This comprehensive tutorial will make a portrait master with Capture One
If you’re looking for an alternative to Lightroom, Capture One could be the solution. No matter if you’re fully switching or just experimenting with new software, it takes some time to figure it out and get used to it. But here’s something to help you speed up the learning process. Michael Comeau shares a great in-depth video for all of you who want to edit photos in Capture One 20. He shows you five portraits and his editing process for each, but I’m sure you’ll find the video useful no matter what genre you usually shoot.
In the video above, Michael shows how the use of layers works, as well as dodging and burning. In short, he gives you plenty of tips which will your portraits “pop.” His goal is to guide the viewer’s eye to the face or eyes of the portrait, so this is the main principle of his editing process for each of the portraits.
Before editing, Michael likes to establish a “base look” for the portraits. In this case, it’s the sepia look and this is how he edited all five photos. There are plenty of useful tips and you can see how all the tools behave “in action,” so it can be a great resource if you’re just starting out with this software. Also, you can check out Michael’s beginners’ guide with 20 more great tips for getting started in Capture One 20.
Now’s the perfect time for learning something new (self-isolation and all), so if you haven’t tried Capture One 20, this could be the moment. And if you have used it, let me know: what are your impressions?
Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.