My switch to Capture One has been a long time coming. I was first blown away when my friend – retoucher Pratik Naik – showed me the difference in quality between a RAW file processed by Capture One and a RAW file opened in Lightroom. The skin colors and clarity was simply amazing in Capture One compared to Lightroom.
Out of habit, I continued with my old photo editing software as I was hesitant to go all in on a change. It felt kind of like being a painter – even though you know oil paint is more beautiful and allows for more creativity, you continue with acrylic paints because you think it will be easier.
Still, over the last few years I noticed that wedding photographers I admired were all switching to Capture One. Once, at the Legacy workshop in Portugal, the founders from Muse and Mirror (Victor and Ronja) showed us how they make the most wonderful art in Capture One – it was an eye opener for me and made me realize how easy it was to batch a whole wedding in Capture One.
One of my concerns was losing all my presets and actions – but it turned out I could have the same in Capture One, plus much more. Once I started with the photo editing software, my only regret was that I didn’t start sooner. I’ll take you through some of my favorite tools and features below.
[embedded content] Heal and Clone tools
The new Heal and Clone tools in the latest Capture One 20 update are next level, compared to anything I’ve ever tried before.
As a wedding photographer, I don’t work a lot on retouching skin that’s up-close, but I know all about stains on a wedding dress, or objects ruining the background of a shot. Thanks to the new tools, I can remove them quickly and with ease.
Capture One is so intelligent that when I use the Heal Brush it automatically opens a new layer called Heal layer (Clone layer when you use the Clone Brush.) The two tools complement each other perfectly. The Heal Brush automatically decides a source target to lift from and blend your spot, while the Clone tool puts you in charge and lets you manually find the area you want to clone.
The tools are so intuitive, and the healing tool removes big objects in an impressive and precise way, and saves me a lot of time. You can also heal or clone as many spots as you want on one layer. It’s super fast and doesn’t slow down the performance of my Macbook Pro at all.
Layers and Masks
I know a lot of wedding photographers cringe when they hear the word “layers.” They think it’s complicated and that “less is more” when you’re editing 700-1000 photos.
But in an era where “everyone” is a photographer with their smart phone, professionals need to stand out. I believe layers is the easiest way to do wonders with my photos.
The beauty of layers is that I’m in full control of my editing process, and I can hide and show the filters I want. I also have a lot of different options when it comes to my layers, and my favorites are Clear Mask and FillContinue reading