Soft focus filter or Photoshop
Hey all - wondered if you could help! I'm heading up to Cape Trib in Australia soon and am looking forward to taking some rainforest landscapes (with my Canon 400D). I wanted to use a softening effect for some of the shots and am toying between getting a soft lense filter (and having to choose which shots to use it on) or use Photoshop after the shot to pick and choose which ones to apply a soft focus effect to..

Any thoughts on the best way - filter or Photoshop .


Comments (6)

I have never used a soft focus filter, but my approach is to capture as much information as possible and then if need be, make adjustments in Photoshop. This soft focus is a prime candidate in my book because you can control the amount and adjust various parts of the image differently..

Just my two cents.Cheers Then!Judy

Comment #1

If you do soft focus effects in post-processing you can control the amount, etc. you can change your mind and leave it as is..

If you do it in-camera with a filter, you're stuck with the effect even if you change your mind. nothing will "undo" it in post-processing..

So, as the previous poster mentions, it's best to start with as much information as possible in camera so you go anywhere with it afterwards in post-processing...

Comment #2

Most of the on-lens filters are redundant these days. You can do almost anything with PS. Perhaps the only filter that can't be done in PS is Polarization. (OK, an ND filter might be useful in some occasions, too).

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Comment #3

One look at all the wonderful photos of old that you wish you could view without the dated soft focus effect should tell you why not to use a real filter!..

Comment #4

This should be a no-brainer. Screw the filter on and take a shot. Remove the filter and take another shot. Now you have a choice when you get home..

You cannot duplicate the effects of a soft focus filter in Photoshop not to mention the time involved in trying..

Lastly, I don't think you really want a soft\diffusion filter. I would consider a fog filter for what you want to do. Harrison&Harrison makes the best fog filters. Try a #1 or #2. A little goes a long way. You can turn your images into mush with a #3 and #4..

Nikon makes the best soft focus\diffusion filters. Again, stay with a #1 or #2...

Comment #5

This is the digital age, lots of images on the cheap, and generally landscape terra and fauna aren't going anywhere - though the light might change. So takes lots of both and see what you prefer or you my might like both for different reasons.Rationally I have no hope, irrationally I believe in miracles.Joni Mitchell..

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