Softening filters


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Hi,

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?

Thanks!
 

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nikon or other brands of softening filters that is.
 

lsisaxon

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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 - http://www.photosig.com/go/photos/browse?id=19145

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. ;p)

But nowadays, soft effect can be easily achieved digitally in PP.
 

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catchlights

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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.
 

Cutesperm

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

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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
 

wkteoh

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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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