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    Default Softening filters


    Ive hear some forummer talk abt softening filters.

    Can anyone post an example of a brand of these filters for portraiture use?

    And if possible, some pics of these filters in action?


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    nikon or other brands of softening filters that is.

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    Default Re: Softening filters

    Quote Originally Posted by lasherisking View Post
    nikon or other brands of softening filters that is.
    Nikon Soft I/II, B+W Soft Pro, B+W Zeiss Softar 1/2, Hoya Softener A/B.

    Soft I -

    I think Nikon Soft I is the best followed by Softar 1. Don't bother with other brands. (Edit: I forgot about Tiffen.. thanks catchlights for reminding. )

    But nowadays, soft effect can be easily achieved digitally in PP.
    Last edited by lsisaxon; 23rd October 2009 at 12:28 PM.

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    Default Re: Softening filters

    in digital age, most people will do softening during the post, it is non destructive and controllable.

    if you are hardcore film shooter, Softar, Nikon Soft I or Tiffen Softnet.......btw, such filters are very very expensive.
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    thanks for the information!

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    Can try using old school ways... try putting a white or black fine stocking stretched over the lens and shoot.
    Just shoot.

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    Soft filter effect can be done with photoshop nowadays.

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    to achieve softening with photoshop, create copy of layer background. on the copy, apply gaussian blur. adjust opacity until your preferred level. flatten and export as JPEG

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    Default Re: Softening filters

    A cheap and dirty way would be smudging your lens lightly but evenly.

    Below is an example of a shot made through dirty glasses. Not a good shot, but just to give you an idea.


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