I rarely use lights without some type of modifier. Whether it be a soft box or frame with diffusion attached or even just clipping some on the barn doors! Lights just look better when diffused for that soft even look especially when shooting people.
I was looking into getting a roll of 1 stop diffusion when I stumbled on Lee Filters great website with this fabulous tool that shows you just what the different diffusions look like. Pretty nifty right! Lee Filters even has an app for both iPhone and Android so you can take this with you on set.
My favorite is #216 White Diffusion and in the image above you can compare it to other types or no diffusion at all. Really handy. If you want to see even more check out this video with a deeper look with DP Don McVey and Kieron Jansch. Here they show every filter Lee Filters makes.
Poke around the site to see all the different types of gels and color correction Lee Filters offers as well. Such a great resource.
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