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Soft Focus Portraits

Soft focused achieved in PhotoShop using Gaussian Blur

Soft focused achieved in PhotoShop using Gaussian Blur

Many headshots and portraits are done with a soft focus to create an evocative mood. This is also used occasionally in fashion photography and also in adult or boudoir photography. The soft focus can be achieved in one of two way, either in camera by backing off on the focus a little, or in post processing with the use of Gaussian Blur and adjusting the opacity. The pose and composition need to be amenable to a soft focus, it will not work with all images.