The ReEdit: Creating Better Portraits of a Violinist

In this episode of the ReEdit, I dove back into my archive of about a year to edit photos from a session that I really loved. This session was with Anna, a local violinist here in NYC and it involved using the backdrop of New York for the photos. I’m returning to Capture One due to popular request and so I’m taking everything through the culling, editing, color processing, cropping, and overall editing process.

When I did these pictures, they were originally for a review. However, I tend to be a bit more experimental and creative with my edits when it comes to lenses and lights–which is what I was testing here. So that means that I can typically be more experimental with my editing processes too. Back then I was a bit more rushed and today I’ve got more time and I’m a significantly better editor after switching to Capture One Pro combined with my current knowledge of editing, colors, etc. The images from this one outdoor session were around 130, and then they get culled down to 15 in the end. There’s also quite a bit done with the color and such to really make Anna pop out more from the background.

Overall, I also explain and showcase why having a consistent starting point for white balance is best for editing photos. Here are the photos that I finally chose in the piece. For even more of these tutorials, I really recommend that you follow us on YouTube!

Chris Gampat

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