So much attention goes to Lightroom and Photoshop. The majority of tutorials, tips and tricks and workflow info are centered around the two most popular post production software choices. Rarely do we see quality content based around other options like Aperture or Capture One. Michael Woloszynowicz of Fstoppers goes against the grain and gives us a very in depth start-to-finish portrait retouching executed completely in Capture One Pro 8.

When I first started shooting fashion, I dabbled a little in Capture One Pro. At the time, it was an interesting choice because Joey L was climbing to fame, recently placing first in the Professional Portrait division of the International Photography Awards, he frequently mentioned his use of Capture One as he produced his early educational DVDs.


I was intrigued on how Capture One was attempting to combine the uses of Lightroom and Photoshop into one conclusive software choice. I started out using Capture One Pro 6 and since then they’ve released two versions and now the current release is Capture One Pro 8. After watching Michael’s video, I’ve realized the software has made improvements in interface usability and performance on memory handling.


One of the main things I take away from Michael’s video is a detailed explanation of his workflow in Capture One. Not only is his personal workflow aimed at efficiency, but also aims to take advantage of Capture One’s computing power by reducing the memory power needed to execute the program’s tasks. Below is a progression of steps he recommends:

  1. Perform basic exposure and high dynamic range adjustments
  2. Dodging and burning using local adjustments
  3. Additional local adjustments for detail recovery, eye brightening and sharpening, cloning or healing, color correction/matching, etc.
  4. Spot healing tool for any leftover blemishes
  5. White balance adjustments
  6. Color grading
  7. Vignetting, grain and other finishing tools

To hear Michael explain the steps in detail and watch the entire workflow unfold, check out his video below:

If you’ve given Capture One a try and still prefer the popular Adobe software choices, don’t forget to check out our newly revamped Lightroom Preset System. The new system is designed to help you achieve popular looks with just a few clicks. By utilizing our Lightroom recipe community, you’ll be able to see what others are brewing and share your own creations.


via Fstoppers