Galway, Ireland on a foggy morning, drained of colour in the photo app Stackables

Bringing Softness to Photos

Playing around with softness has been an interesting experience.

My first experiment with increasing softness was by reducing clarity. Al took these photos in RAW, back when RAW was quite new, and quite unknown, especially to me. I actually didn’t like RAW much, except for when I played around with clarity and ended up with these soft images.
a summer pink Dahlia, with the clarity way down

Purple flower with the clarity adjusted in Adobe Bridge

Next up is a photo app called Snapseed. It has a filter called ‘Glamour Glow’ that turned the Queen Anne’s Lace in Ireland into an even more magical place.Wild Ireland with the wild flower Queen Anne's Lace in there crop

Keeping in mind what Glamour Glow did with the Queen Anne’s Lace clusters of tiny flowers, I tried the same effect on the some Vancouver flowers.
Tiny summer flowers softened in SnapseedTiny summer flowers softened in Snapseed

The Banana Palms bloomed in 2021 thanks to Vancouver’s heat dome, and again Glamour Glow made it magical.the Banana Palms bloomed in 2021 thanks to Vancouver's heat dome

The best (but hardest) way to get softness is organize some fog to roll in. Galway in Ireland on a foggy morning walk…Foggy morning in Galway in Ireland, run through the photo app Stackables
For more of the Lens-Artists Challenge: Bringing Softness.


14 thoughts on “Bringing Softness to Photos

  1. Beautifully captured .. thank you for joining in the challenge and edited… but my favourite image is the Purple Tansy. Thank you for joining in xx

    1. Finding fog isn’t easy , and it’s never foggy in the section of Vancouver where I live. But the downtown area often does so I just need to rush out to when the foghorns go crazy. Also, I suspect I need to get a better camera, with RAW as Al rarely photographs flowers…

  2. Lovely pics, as ever, Batz.
    So, is it better to create the soft effect in production, or with lens and light? Am I old fashioned to still hang onto “get it right in the camera”?

    1. Getting softness ‘right in the camera’ requires a decent camera and, if you’re into macro, then a really good macro lens. I only have little point and shoots without much control so post-production is basically the only way for me to get softness. Doing it in-camera also requires a lot of patience and work, and I’m afraid I’m more of a happy snapper…

      1. I think that “happy snapper” applies to many os us – myself included. I don’t have the kit or the skills to take it to another level. So, it’s great to see what is possible. Of course, being creative and talent goes a long way.

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