How Do I Determine Which Soft F/X Filter to Use for Portrait Photography?

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A soft effect filter fits over the lens of the camera. Save time by learning which is the correct filter to use with the help of a professional photographer in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Paul, at Paul Steven Photography, and I'm here to talk to you about special soft effects filters for portrait photography. Here's our basic skin softening soft effects filter for portrait photography. It screws right onto the front of the lens, like so, and we just fit our lens hood right over the soft effects filter for portrait photography. One advantage I would use a soft effects filter, over not doing it in camera and doing it post-production in the computer, by doing it in the camera, I don't have to spend time, and time is money. Especially, if you want to earn a few bucks, use the soft effects filter and spend less time with the computer. But that being said, it's really a personal preference if you want to do it on the camera or there's other software programs besides there's industry standard Photoshop. You can soften post-production or you could do it with a soft effects portrait filter. I can think of a couple advantages, when you're photographing business people, there's only one person in the picture. You could very easily go back in post-production, it won't take so long. If you have a lot of portraits to do or you're photographing a wedding, maybe you want to do several pictures in the camera with the soft effects portrait filter versus having to go back and do post-production and do them all in the computer. So, it's really a time issue. It could be a personal preference issue once you get used to a certain feature, or a toy or filter as it were, and that's how you use soft effects portrait filters.

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