How Diffusion Filters Work
For many photographers, sharpness and clarity are important aspects of an image. This is why the popularity of super-sharp lenses has been increasing. Almost all modern lenses are now extremely capable when it comes to resolution, but sometimes, this level of ridiculous resolution can become a hindrance.
Sometimes, a super-sharp lens can produce a harsh result. I find this to be more apparent in harsh lighting conditions, like around midday. In these circumstances, diffusion filters can help take some of the edge off and produce a more pleasing look. There’s also great for reducing some of the harshness in the highlights, especially in hotspots on skin.
In a recent video, Gerald Undone discusses how these diffusion filters work by demonstrating the new PolarPro Mist Edition filters. I find it quite interesting to see the impact these kinds of filters have on the resulting image. They may not be super useful for photographers; however, for videographers, they’re probably quite important. Diffusion filters are used regularly by many cinematographers and filmmakers. The softer, slightly diffused results works to produce a more “cinematic” look. I know I’ve been considering a set of these filters for many of the videos we produce, so it’s interesting to see just how they work.
Check out the full video linked above.
Video of PolarPro Variable ND + MIST: How DIFFUSION FILTERS Work