A Guide to the New Portrait Editing Features in Capture One 23

Capture One 23 is here, and it brings with it a wide range of new features and upgrades sure to please a variety of photographers. As always, there is a strong focus on portrait photography. This great video will take you through some of those new features and show you how to use them to improve your portrait edits and make them more efficient.

Coming to you from Eli Infante, this excellent video will take you through some of the new portrait features in Capture One, including the importing and culling upgrades, smart adjustments, and layers in styles. I am particularly excited about smart adjustments, which work as a more intelligent version of copying and pasting things like exposure adjustments by taking faces and skin tones into account to help ensure consistency in large batches of images, something wedding and event photographers in particular are always striving for. If you have not tried Capture One for editing portraits, it is worth giving it a try. Many professionals prefer it over Lightroom and Photoshop, particularly for how it handles colors, making it a favorite of portrait, wedding, and landscape photographers especially. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Infante. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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I especially like the Smart Adjustments.

I haven't found any use for the Layers in Styles because it can't save brush settings (opacity, flow, etc) per layer. I was hoping to use this to automatically create layers for luminosity, dodge, burn, and heal with their respective brush settings that I've set. For instance, for dodge and burn, I like to set the opacity to 50 and flow to 2. However, when I load the layer style, it sets to last used settings so it could be 100 / 100.

Cull Images is another I haven't found any use for. I feel like it takes me longer. I'd to have use the left/right arrow keys to move through sets of groups, then use up/down arrows to move through images within the group. Then select via ratings. With my current workflow, I use the left/arrow keys then select as I go along.