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Old Nov 17, 2004, 7:30 PM   #1
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Here's a picture I found in the Picture Of The Day archives:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/dpotd...3/11122003.jpg

How do you do that soft black and white touch?

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Old Nov 17, 2004, 7:40 PM   #2
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The simplest way is to put a swatch of pantyhose or nylon stocking in front of the lens. You can also accomplish the same thing with the softening filters in Photoshop or PSP.

So, shoot the portrait, convert to b/w or sepia, and soften.

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Old Nov 17, 2004, 10:30 PM   #3
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I think I will try that right now. Thanks for the tips.

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Old Feb 8, 2005, 11:46 AM   #4
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The simplest way is to put a swatch of pantyhose or nylon stocking in front of the lens. You can also accomplish the same thing with the softening filters in Photoshop or PSP.

So, shoot the portrait, convert to b/w or sepia, and soften.

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Aren´t you kidding with the nylon stockings? I am new to photography therefore it seems to me a little bit funny ))
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Old Feb 8, 2005, 11:59 AM   #5
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No, I am not kidding. That is a very old photographer's trick for softening photos.
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Old Feb 8, 2005, 12:05 PM   #6
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No, for a diffusion effect the nylon stocking trick works well, and costs very little.
Another option is a softar filter but these are not so cheep, and also the cokin p840 filter.

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Old Feb 8, 2005, 12:17 PM   #7
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two confirmations, thank you. Now I believe and will try. -

please forgive me that I didn´t believe you.
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Old Feb 8, 2005, 12:32 PM   #8
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Here's a link to an article on it:

http://www.garageglamour.com/tips/articles/scarf.php

Although he's using a black scarf, it's pretty much the same thing...
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Couple of other things I see:

1. Don't ignore the lighting in that shot. The direction of the light creates the shadows on part of her face that adds a great deal to the soft impression, at least to me.

2. Noise reduction filters/programs can make "normal" skin look very much like the model in that shot: very smooth and even toned. Basically you are losing the detail depending on how much noise reduction you apply, and in skin "detail" sometimes means blemishes.

Just my .02.
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Old Feb 15, 2005, 1:37 PM   #10
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You can also achive the look in photo shop. Creat a copy of the photo in a layer above your original background copy. Working on the duplicate layer, go to filters>distort>difuse glow. Click on difuse glow. When the difuse glow dialog box opens - make the following setting chanhes:

1. "graineness" slider set to zero.

2. Next slider down (doing this from memory) move up to 11 from 10.

3. Bottom slider move up to 16 from 15. (ten and fifteen are the default settings

on the above sliders).

Click apply. The look will more than likely be a little strong. NOT to worry. You are

working on a layer! Go to the opacity slider for your layer and reduce the opacity (hence the visible result) to taste!

This can be used to varying degrees on many types of photos - try it out and see what you think!

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