In this post, Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens examines camera diffusion and provides an excellent comparison for diffusion filters.
In the late ’80s and ’90s, you couldn't shoot with enough diffusion on the camera. Today, we live in an era of sharpness. We’ve hit the point where it’s so sharp that it is difficult for retouchers to get a nice image. I think the trend now is shifting towards a little softer image in camera that needs less work later on. Here are some basics on what diffusion filters provide:
- Highlights bleed or bloom into shadows or blacks
- Reduces contrast and softens skin tones
- Longer lenses need more diffusion than wide lenses
Check out the video above to see the results and differences!
Produced by Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens
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