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Old 04-12-2005, 10:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wondering.. how many of you (photographers) use diffuser filters very often? Is it a very necessary item in glamour photography gear?

If I'm to buy one, which brand is the best? Thansk for advise in advance!
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Re: Question on Diffuser filters
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I shoot digitally and if I need to diffuse I use Photoshop.
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Re: Question on Diffuser filters
Old 04-13-2005, 01:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The problem with using diffusion filters is that you start with an image which has less information that you would have had had it been as sharp as the camera could make it. Since you can always add any type of diffusion you want in Photoshop, it seems reasonable to not use the diffusion filter on camera.
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Old 04-13-2005, 04:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you print traditionally, you also can diffuse underneath the enlarger lens. With black & white, you can use a split-grade technique to get just the highlights or just the blacks diffuse, which is pretty cool.

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They have their place -- even in digital photography. I use a Diffuser Light on many shoots to soften the skin in the camera. I don't rely on PS to diffuse the image. I find that an on camera diffuser can create some addition bonuses in lighting effects too. I typically carry a Diffuser Light, Diffuser 1, and Diffuser 2. But let's not forget Rolando's black scarf which does a great job!
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Old 04-13-2005, 11:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I frequently use diffusers on lights nut never on my lens.

Rolondo has a 'Black Scarf' tip here.. I've been tempted to give it a try.

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