Sharp myths

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  1. willli

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    In my time as a photographer I always hear my photography professors or teachers said watch your focus. The first lesson that I learn in the live environment as a photographer was photography rules are there to be modify and even broke in certain situations because that is what is bring your own style on the set.

    Now my question: Is a soft photo not acceptable? Why?

    With my wedding customers it become that the photos that are soft are they favorites because ad this sense of romance and love in the picture.

    We use out of focus to redirect the eye in to the subject of the photo and also I've been seen soft photos as an expression of a more creative style.

    I would like hear different opinions about this subject.

    Thanks
     
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    with lovely Bronica, one of the tools of the trade was len's wipes (not just clothes for dust) and tube of Vaseline to apply it around 150mm lens for softening.
    I agree with you on soft images as they imply romance, and happy lovely time but few but there's a difference b/n soft and out of focus. This, you know but not many, especially newcomers understand. I'm pretty sure that in your soft formal portraits, eyes are fairly sharp and emphasized :)
     
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    Typically if the eyes are in focus that is step one.
    From there focus/depth of field can be used as a tool.
    Yes a lot of people like the soft romantic effect of portraits and some wedding shots.
    Soft photos can very acceptable in some circumstances.
     
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    It like any other aspect of art is in the eye of the beholder. It is much like the noise debate at high ISOs. I tend to find that most who complain about noise have never shot film or, shot with only lower ISO film, when they did. I take alot of complaints about softness like I do about noise pretty much the same, without much notice. Not everything in life is sharp and, with defined clarity and, so it is with photography.
     
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    Depends...

    I mean, it's pretty hard to say what would be too soft, or what wouldn't - but I think I would know the difference when I saw it.

    Sometimes softness is good, other times it's not. I don't think anyone here will be able to tell you definitively where the line is.
     
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    Softness is fine if you intend the photo should be soft for a particular effect. That's why they sell soft lenses. An out of focus picture because you didn't focus properly or one blurred by camera motion unintentionally is not fine.

    Edward Weston's photo of Mexico's President Orozco was slightly blurry because it was late in the day and his lens would not go wide enough to permit a faster shutter speed. His comment on the picture was that it was "practically satisfactory". I agree. However, if it were enlarged to 11x14 or 16x20 I think people would find it unpleasantly and distractingly blurry.
     
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    I agree.

    Softness and 'missed focus' are not the same, and should not be considered as such.
     
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    Yes agree with you guys softness and out of focus are two different things. What I mean is something that has been done on purpose a reflect of movement or a defocusing technique in the DDR to obtain the desire effect
     
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    LOL. I just figured out he meant myths. Doh~!
     
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    LOL my BAD english is not my first language LOL could a Mod can fix my mistake LOL please
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    willi, there's lots of people who's first language IS English that would have spelled it the same way. I looked at it 10 times before it dawned on me.

    I don't get why they have it set up so you can't go back and fix thread titles, but I'm sure there's a good reason. :confused:
     

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