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08/22/2006 02:10:35 PM · #51
Originally posted by edslone:

Don't have filter. ...

Many camera stores have these - even RitzCamera has a small selection.
Cokin Soft Filters
08/22/2006 02:12:46 PM · #52
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Originally posted by edslone:

I am going to try vasaline. If that doesn't work then I'm going for rope and hang myself. hehe.


Good lord, you just described my love life :-( LOL


Hhahahahaha hehehehehe jajajajaj jujujujuju jijijiji *slamming the floor* So funny I'm even mixing languages again.
08/22/2006 02:14:11 PM · #53
Originally posted by edslone:

hehe. I think I found the comic in the crowd.


It took you 7mins, you have to be faster with this guys around ;)
08/22/2006 02:15:37 PM · #54
Originally posted by ivaldovi:

anyway they are exclusive.


Uh huh, that's what they all say :-P
08/22/2006 02:49:30 PM · #55
Originally posted by tfarrell23:

I've got a question for the SC... isn't Classic Editing the same as Basic Editing now ?...seems to me, I see the winner of the first Soft Focus Challenge used PSP 8...and it's Soft Focus adjustment over the entire image...she admitted using it..not much..But..she used it..as I read over the rules..I see no difference between "Classic" and "Basic"..

Tom


Answer for now:

The soft focus filter in PSP is not legal for basic editing under the current basic editing rules. You can, however, use digital noise removing features and gaussian blur and achieve similar effects. Not the same, but similar.

Classic and Basic are essentially the same. At that time (Soft Focus I Challenge) we did not request proof on top 5, and nobody requested proof on it, so the use of soft focus filter went unnoticed. It's a long time ago (in internet time).

By the way, IMHO, "soft focus" is not so much a post-processing technique as an in-camera technique. Yes, you can imitate soft focus in post-processing, but it is essentially an in camera technique. I mean, it's been done forever with either commercial filters or homemade filtering methods (such as vaseline or hose or cellophane or whatever).
08/22/2006 03:48:53 PM · #56
I think I got one to use now with vasaline. Vasaline worked the best for me. How about you fotomann_forever. Does it work best for you to? hehe.
08/22/2006 03:59:51 PM · #57
Originally posted by edslone:

I think I got one to use now with vasaline. Vasaline worked the best for me. How about you fotomann_forever. Does it work best for you to? hehe.


No comment :-P
08/22/2006 07:50:35 PM · #58
I take it smart blur is also not legal?
08/25/2006 08:44:30 PM · #59
I was just playing around with settings on my camera and totally forgot that the camera has an in camera soft focus mode :( Should;ve entered something.

Message edited by author 2006-08-25 20:47:15.
08/25/2006 09:06:56 PM · #60
Originally posted by faidoi:

I was just playing around with settings on my camera and totally forgot that the camera has an in camera soft focus mode :( Should;ve entered something.


That's a neat feature... care to post some examples?
08/25/2006 09:14:30 PM · #61
Originally posted by faidoi:

I was just playing around with settings on my camera and totally forgot that the camera has an in camera soft focus mode :( Should;ve entered something.


I used the soft focus filter from the istDS for my submission. It's by no means perfect, but I thought it gave a much better result than standard gaussian blur.
08/31/2006 01:46:50 PM · #62
I'm curious...what exactly is the difference,if any, between soft focus and blur? I got kicked to the curb for my Bits and pieces shot, with 'blurry' and 'grainy' being the word of the day. Due to the possible strong glare off of the bits I was using, I did try to get more of a soft-focus effect.

08/31/2006 01:55:35 PM · #63
Let us look
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What we are looking at here is more Out of Focus than soft focus. It's not bad out of focus. Most likely your camera didn't get a good focus lock in this closeup in what appears to be low light.

Soft Focus is actually not out of focus or blurred, but actually in sharp focus. The soft focus comes from some sort of diffusion of the image, softening detail, but not blurring it.

From wikipedia:
A soft focus lens deliberately introduces spherical aberration in order to give the appearance of blurring the image while retaining sharp edges; it is not the same as an out-of-focus image, and the effect cannot be achieved simply by defocusing a sharp lens. Soft focus is also the name of the style of photograph produced by such a lens.

We all know what Out of Focus is. :-)

Hope that helps ... feel free to ask more questions.

Message edited by author 2006-08-31 13:58:39.
08/31/2006 04:34:13 PM · #64
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

... to give the appearance of blurring the image ...

We all know what Out of Focus is. :-)



Chuckle. So we define soft focus by using the word "blurring." No wonder my understanding is as fuzzy as OOF photos. :)

In all seriousness, how Kirbic put it helped me sort of get it. If I understood correctly, with soft focus you do blur out something. Namely, low-contrast detail, meaning edges that separate areas of similar color or brightness. But you keep sharp edges of high contrast.

So hotshot7, that's the distinction.

Blurry = everything's blurry
Soft focus = only certain types of things are blurry

Message edited by author 2006-08-31 16:35:07.
08/31/2006 04:40:28 PM · #65
Originally posted by levyj413:


So hotshot7, that's the distinction.

Blurry = everything's blurry
Soft focus = only certain types of things are blurry


That description works for me :-)
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