Last couple of weeks brought lots of changes into everyone’s life. Restrictions related to travelling mean cancelled plans and tickets. This can feel quite dooming so let’s try to find a bit brighter side to this situation. Staying at home means that finally we have plenty of time to revisit our vast image archives and get creative.

I don’t know about you, but I have dozens of personal photo projects that I basically never edited. One of the reasons is that with a workflow based on Photoshop I was getting bored after creating one or two images and simply dropping the whole thing. I would process these two images in hours, or sometimes even days (yes, days), ending up with some enormous files - slow to load and taking plenty of space in my hard drive.

So this time I decided to jump into some of my old sessions and process them with Capture One. When I say personal projects I mean: no client, no brief and no external expectations. I have all the creative freedom to experiment and develop the images to satisfy my taste. If you are curious the reasons behind my decision to switch to Capture One, watch the video, where I explain in detail why I got hooked.

I won’t pretend that learning Capture One took me three days, that would be a lie. But I took my time and it was worth it. Instead of strenuous, complex and time consuming Photoshop process, difficult to replicate with another image, I  worked entirely in Capture One and was able to cull fast, efficiently edit and create series of consistent images. My workflow for this project was very simple:


  • quick culling & selecting about thirty photos to work on
  • basic exposure and luminosity corrections with Auto Levels
  • contrast adjustments with Curves
  • color grading with Color Balance & Color Editor
  • a bit of sharpening and film grain as a final touches


Having one image edited I simply copied all the adjustments and reapplied them with one click to the entire set of preselected photos. A few images needed minor luminosity adjustments, but since the whole photoshoot was done within similar lighting conditions, the results were consistent. One more click and all the images were exported automatically with Process Recipe to JPGs. Done.

Check out my results below - click on images to view them at 100% magnification level, as they were exported from Capture One to JPG. The photos are part of a project I did six years ago in Malta in collaboration with Kim and Elisha.


How about you? Have you ever tried Capture One to perform a complete edit? What was your experience? Let me know what are your thoughts in the comments below.

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