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    Re: filters and portraiture

    Can't someone ask a question and not be judged?
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    Re: filters and portraiture

    People themselves come in all kinds of flavors; so there's no realistic way a generic answer can be given. And then you might encounter mixed ethnicity couple or group portraits, which pose their own challenges. It also depends on your specific film choice. An extended red pan film will differ quite a bit from an orthopan film in this respect, and certainly from a true orthochromatic film. The old Kodak film guides cover a lot this. Quite a bit also depends on what the client themselves wants to look like. A businessman might want to look a bit wrinkled and mature, while a teenager certainly doesn't want his zits accentuated. But the conventional advice to carry a light yellow-green filter like a Hoya X0 or Wratten 11 to make typical pan film better resemble natural vision tonality is a good starting place. Orange and red filters have to be very circumspectly used or they can make pale complexions look paste-like. But if carefully used, they can make freckles and brownish age spots less apparent. A deeper green filter like a Hoya X1 is helpful to simulate the Ortho look, which was once routinely applied to older men. For outdoor portraiture, you also have to factor in how you want the overall scene, including vegetation, to be rendered. When in doubt, practice beforehand. But it's helpful to carry several filters in your kit. Color film is a slightly different topic, but also benefits from having more than one filter on hand.

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    Re: filters and portraiture

    Well, thanks for all the replies. I use Fp4+. At this point I’ll try using a couple different filters just to see first hand...

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    Re: filters and portraiture

    My wife told me yesterday freckles are trendy this season, she is never wrong (but please don't tell her).

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    Re: filters and portraiture

    Filters are used for corrective purposes, especially for commercial portraits... An honest portrait is ok...

    A trend is to make people look horrible, I guess it is an edgy look...

    Then there are wet plate portraits...

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    Infra-red film gives an even paler skin exaggeration than a red filter, but it does reduce freckles. It makes having an IR converted mirrorless digital camera just for that purpose. Better yet, tell your model, "A girl without freckles is like the night sky without stars!"

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    Re: filters and portraiture

    IMHO we may modify a bit filtration to reduce freckles, but this may modify the portrait too much. But we have two alternatives, one is Photoshop and the other one is makeup.

    Many times if a girl does not want freckles a photographer won't notice it, because the right makeup will be on the freckles.

    If having to reduce freckles perhaps best is a bit of makeup plus a bit of filtration plus a bit of photoshop.

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    Yeah... Photoshop. You can replace someone's whole head that way. Just have them choose one out of a catalog.

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