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Specialist
Posts: 40
Registered: ‎09-03-2013
Message 1 of 8 (1,546 Views)

Preferred Diffusion Filters?

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Hi all, wondering what everyone is using for diffusion filters to achieve more gentle skin textures and more subtle smooth image (less of the extreme digital sharpness).

 

I've been using the Hollywood Black Magic 1/4, but in some situations would love to get the same softening without the haloing of any light sources in the shot (though want to maintain the blacks). Also finding that blurred background lights pick up the dimples in the HBM filter, would love to avoide that in some situations.

 

Any suggestions?

 

What do you like for diffusion and why?

Expert
Posts: 308
Registered: ‎12-05-2012
Message 2 of 8 (1,518 Views)

Re: Preferred Diffusion Filters?

Hey August,

 

The Hollywood Black Magic filters are actually a combo filter, they combine Classic Softs (which smooth out fine detail) with Black Frosts (which halate highlights). If you're wanting to diffuse your subject without blooming highlights, try just using the Classic Softs by themselves.

 

Cheers

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Posts: 1,079
Registered: ‎04-21-2013
Message 3 of 8 (1,497 Views)

Re: Preferred Diffusion Filters?

After some comparison I choose the Tiffen Black Diffusion 1 and 1/2 the best balance between softening and controlled halation for me.

 

__Peter__

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Posts: 120
Registered: ‎02-24-2013
Message 4 of 8 (1,459 Views)

Re: Preferred Diffusion Filters?

This is an excellent video from Tiffen which may be of interest...

 

https://vimeo.com/96143464

 

 

PeteBurns
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Posts: 58
Registered: ‎09-27-2013
Message 5 of 8 (1,431 Views)

Re: Preferred Diffusion Filters?

Hey August, If you're disturb by the filters that are too noticable as I am, you could consider the Soft FX series. As long as you do'nt close the apperture too much (they have a patern) they break some of the digital hardness in a quite natural way.

JG Leynaud

www.jgleynaud

 

Expert
Posts: 58
Registered: ‎09-27-2013
Message 6 of 8 (1,431 Views)

Re: Preferred Diffusion Filters?

Hey August, If you're disturb by the filters that are too noticable as I am, you could consider the Soft FX series. As long as you do'nt close the apperture too much (they have a patern) they break some of the digital hardness in a quite natural way.

JG Leynaud

www.jgleynaud.com

 

Specialist
Posts: 40
Registered: ‎09-03-2013
Message 7 of 8 (1,301 Views)

Re: Preferred Diffusion Filters?

Great ideas, thanks. Will do some testing soon.

 

Thanks! 

 

 

Expert
Posts: 1,607
Registered: ‎11-19-2012
Message 8 of 8 (1,171 Views)

Re: Preferred Diffusion Filters?

And here's Tiffen's 4K diffusion test:

 

https://vimeo.com/92660033

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