The ReEdit: Making Older Portraits Look Better With New Editing Techniques

Every now and again I’ll dive back into my archives late at night, look at them, cull, and edit. I partially do this for fun but also because I’m trying to find a way to test the editing skills I’ve learned since that particular shoot took place. Recently, I decided I’d turn it into a YouTube series on the Phoblographer’s YouTube Channel.

For this episode I dug into my archives to a time I shot with the Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 lens. Part of how I test cameras, lenses and lights is I use them in situations where folks like you might use them. Sometimes that means less creativity, sometimes that means more. And in this case, a lot of it was for portraiture. Often I won’t do a lot of edits to the photos because I try to stay as true to the out of camera look as I can which is why I shoot to get everything as right as possible in camera.

Model: Grace Morales

The lead image of this blog post is my newest edit while the image above was the one I originally published. Of course, my tones, exposures, and color palette tastes have majorly changed these days. So arguably, one could say my newer edit is better.

Be sure to watch the video below!

But I’m also a very knowledgable editor and have moved on beyond Lightroom to Capture One. So here, I’m showing you folks how I went about re-editing the images I had. Here are some examples below that are featured in the video.


The photo above is my recent edit that is in the ReEdit video, but below is the original image I published.


Model: Grace Morales

As you can see, the originally published image was rendered in black and white for a more classic look. But today, I’m more about a matte look and trying to find a way to make skin tones look better. Additionally, I try to find a way to make colors separate from one another in an effort to stand out.

The ReEdit is a series on the Phoblographer where Chris and the staff dive back into their archives to find a way to make older images from previous sessions look better. The use standard techniques such as color editing, cropping, black and white conversion, etc. Be sure to not miss a single moment by subscribing to the Phoblographer on YouTube.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.