what is this filter for?

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  1. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Ok, I'm completly new to the world of SLR camera ownership. I just bought a Canon AE-1 Program off of ebay...it came with a filter attached that says '52mm softner' on the side. What exactly is this filter for? Is it a filter that I keep on at all times or one used for effect?
     
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    I'm still pretty new, but I believe that it is for bringing out blue tones in an image, mostly for bright noon sun combined with shadows of trees or other overhang.
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Core, you need to take that filter off your lens when shooting normal photography. The only use you have for that is when you want to blur a little bit your subject, i.e. a portrait of a woman. Some call that a 'wrinkle reducer' because it blurs the wrinkles more or less.

    Take some shots of a person's face with it and then without it (on same film) and then develop and compare results. You'll notice a pretty good difference.

    :)
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    ZP, that filter is a Haze filter. That'll take some blues out of the shaded areas. The softener is a 'wrinkle reducer' to some photographers. See my reply to the original post.

    :)
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    One question, when you look through it, does it look slightly more pinkish or orangey? If it does (and you don't lose any sharpness) then it's a warming filter used to enhance the colors, make them warmer.
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the info!! No, I think you were right the first time...it doesn't have a pink or orange cast to it. I kinda thought from the beginning that it was just for softening the picture...hence the word 'softner' on the side! But as I said, I'm new at this and I just wanted to make sure! I'm sure as I learn more about my camera I will have more questions!! This forum is great! I have so many people that can give me feedback!
     
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    motcon TPF Noob!

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    something to keep in mind:

    using a 'softening' (diffusing) filter on camera causes the highlights to merge into your shadows.

    using a diffuser on your enlarger lens during printing will cause the shadows to merge with the highlights.

    season to taste.


    diffused during printing:

    [​IMG]
     
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    I was just wondering if anyone ever used the technique of softening during the printing process. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    my pleasure.
     
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    Couldn't put it any better! Thanks motcon.
     
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    Mitica100 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Anytime, core. Post away and we'll try to answer your question
    :)
     

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