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The Best Soft Focus Filter For Digital Cameras

soft focus of a coupleEver since I switched to digital photography in 2006 I have missed using a soft focus filter. That’s because I quickly found that the filter that I was using for film did not give the same soft effect in digital. It actually made the photo look out of focus. I have tried several different soft focus filters and I just can’t seem to get a “soft” effect. I get more of a blurry look.
Recently I thought I would try something very old. I put some clear nail polish on a clear UV filter. Eureka. At last, Success! I love this filter. It takes away the harsh sharp edges that the lens has and softens everything a little. The photo is still in focus but not as sharply defined. It also lowers the contrast a little and smooths out the skin on close up of faces. The result is equal to very light retouching.
Here is how to make your own; Take a clear UV filter and then apply clear nail polish in radial lines. Keep the center clear of the nail polish. I placed a quarter in the center so the polish would not accidentally spill there while I applied the polish. Start with about eight radial lines and then take some photos. Shoot at f/5.6, f/4 and f/2.8. See how each look. If you feel it’s not enough add some more. I ended up with fourteen lines. When adding lines, ad three to four at a time.
Now I have what I consider the best soft focus filter and the cost is about $35 for the filter and a few dollars for the nail polish. My soft focus filter for my film camera was made by Carl Zeiss and cost $250 twelve years ago.
img_6043LSoft but not fuzzy for less than $40. Wow!

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