I am and enthusiast cinematographer in the process of learning and experimenting.
I like how the highlights glow in "The great beauty" and other films and I would like to know how to achieve something similar with digital cameras.
Aspects I like are:
- Detailed but soft (unsharped) images
- The light sources seem to glow
- The light goes a bit into the boundaries of the shadows
- The highlights have a nice roll-off
- The light rays can be seen.
Aspects I dont like:
- Dreamy effect where everything seem to glow
- Clipped highlights with bad roll-off
I guess some of these aspects are related with the use of film, that I like a lot. After some researching I have reach the conclusion that using diffusion you can get similar results.
Filters as Soft FX and Classic Soft seems to help reducing sharpness and some of them seem to create a nice halo around lights.
Filters as Black pro mist, Glimmer Glass, Pearlescent and Black Frost seem to "make the light visible" around light sources which i also like.
Also there are combinations of some of them with mixed properties.
I haver never owned or used a filter, they are expensive and I don't know if they are the solution I am looking for.
Do you think that filters are the solution for this? If you could only buy one or two to get this kind of image and the aspects I like, which one would you choose?
Thanks a lot!
Edited by Pedro, 28 October 2015 - 02:53 PM.