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Old Feb 27, 2003, 4:44 PM   #1
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Default Question on Hoya softener filter

If this is the wrong forum for this, please let me know.

I want to by a Hoya soften effect filter for taking portrait type shots but I don't know whether to buy the "A" or "B". I know that B is a stronger filter making the image softer but from the small sample photos Hoya offers, I don't know which one I want.

Does anyone have any experience with these filters? I don't want to get one that doesn't visibly soften the image, nor do I want one that overly softens the image. I guess I'm wanting to know which one would be the most popular. Thanks for the help.
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Old Feb 27, 2003, 7:07 PM   #2
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Since you are in a digital camera forum, I assume you're taking these photos with a digital camera. I recommend that you take the sharpest photo you can (of the subject--not the background) and then soften it to taste in the computer program of your choice. If you take the photo using a filter, there's no way to undo the softening later.
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Old Feb 27, 2003, 10:51 PM   #3
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I have to agree 100% with Jim's comments (don't know why I didn't think of it the first time I read this thread). It's great to have complete control in the "digital darkroom" where you can then have different levels of softness (say you want the background the softest, soften the wrinkles on the face, and leave the rest in-tact).

Many digital cameras do have a soft function built-in, but I suggest leaving that alone because you may leave the setting on and then ALL of your pictures are soft (unless you know the power-on reset will cancel that setting) and again you can't undo it.
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Old Feb 28, 2003, 12:21 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tips. I was trying to keep from having to do all the editing work in Photoshop but I guess you're right that would be "best".

Never mind then, you've answered my question and told me what I already new. Thanks
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