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Jan 06, 2012 14:16 |  #1

Hello I have a Canon 5d and I am trying to get that soft look in my pictures, I been using CS5 to edit my pictures but I just can't get that soft look I see alot of people have in their pictures, like in Wedding shots, could someone post their way they get that look or suggestion I would be very graceful thank in advance for any ideas or suggestions.


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Jan 06, 2012 14:18 |  #2

Soft? I generally want my pictures sharp. If you want sharp, switch to manual focus and move the ring until everything is soft and take the shot.


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Jan 06, 2012 14:20 |  #3

Can you at least share an example or two?


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Jan 06, 2012 14:23 |  #4

You want soft? Get a sigma lens.

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Jan 06, 2012 14:23 as a reply to  @ Ferrari_Alex's post |  #5

Well,

You do have a 50L(which is the only reason I still have canon gear).

That lens is known for very pleasing out of focus rendering.

Are you shooting wide open(with the 50L I sure hope so!)?


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Jan 06, 2012 14:27 |  #6

Apply a gaussian blur to the shot in PS and you can soften as much as needed. This can smooth skin blemishes etc.


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Jan 06, 2012 14:58 |  #7

This is a waste of time if there are NO pictures to look at!


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Jan 06, 2012 15:18 |  #8

All you need to know on the topic of soft focus (spherical aberration) and how to simulate it in post-processing if you don't have a soft focus lens:

http://en.wikipedia.or​g/wiki/Soft_focus (external link)

Most important to note is that "soft focus" does not mean out-of-focus or blurred. To me, the effect looks similar to what I get if I push the "Clarity" slider in Lightroom in the negative direction.


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Jan 06, 2012 15:22 as a reply to  @ absplastic's post |  #9

Fog up your lens. :lol:

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Jan 06, 2012 16:18 |  #10

IMAGE: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7006/6573995581_f955c75173_b.jpg

Like this?

I use Nik Color Efex Pro principally but also have Topaz Labs Adjust and have dicked around with OnONe PhotoTools. They all have configurations for Soft Focus and Glamour Glow which give you a starting point.

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Jan 06, 2012 16:58 |  #11

Maybe like this tutorial (external link)?
There is a Photoshop action for the effect too. HERE (external link)


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Jan 06, 2012 17:12 |  #12

Unregistered.Coward wrote in post #13659183 (external link)
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Like this?

I use Nik Color Efex Pro principally but also have Topaz Labs Adjust and have dicked around with OnONe PhotoTools. They all have configurations for Soft Focus and Glamour Glow which give you a starting point.

if you really want that look why not just use a cell phone camera?
seriously




  
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Jan 06, 2012 17:54 |  #13

Give this plugin a whirl .....
http://www.redpawmedia​.com/beautifier.html (external link)

kinda different from "soft", but maybe close to what you're looking for


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Jan 06, 2012 17:56 |  #14

Try the Alien Skin add in for CS5 called Exposure.

http://www.alienskin.c​om/exposure/ (external link)

There's an effect there for glamour and another for glow. If you use then gently, I think you'll be happy.


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Jan 06, 2012 18:03 |  #15

Make a new layer with a duplicate of the image, apply a gaussian blur to it, and set its opacity to less than 100%.

Experiment with the degree of blur and the opacity and when you are happy with the effect, merge the layers.




  
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