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Can you give me a link to a portrait that uses shallow depth of field to make skin look smooth? 

41%
48 deviants said No, I can't think of any.
32%
38 deviants said I have no idea what you're on about.
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24 deviants said I just want to see the results.
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7 deviants said Yes, and I've checked the description and/or exif data to confirm that the picture I'm linking has smooth skin cause of DOF and not digital editing.

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fahap Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional Photographer
this [link]

and this [link]

:D
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:iconkrash:
krash Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional Photographer
I am sure I have a lot more
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krash Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional Photographer
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dynasourX Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional Photographer
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xxbcxx Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
[link] Mayhaps this one? :bucktooth:
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firedance99 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
how about [link]
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Simon-P Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes sort of, but it was just an experiment
[link]
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JesusRod Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Photographer
Looking forward to see the results...i love that kind of effect...i have sm on my favorites..but i think all have been retouched...its difficult to know!!... I got sm photos as well with that effect...but i retouched them...not that they dont have the soft focus already on them...but i wanted to "enhance" it..:blush:...
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damnson Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
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Does that count? I did some photoshop work to give it a solid color background and a few global adjustments (curves, etc) but i didn't touch the skin at all.
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znow-white Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Hope these are good for you ..

[link]

[link]
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xxbcxx Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
The first one is edited, even though the exif data is still intact and visible. LJ is known for her post-processing :p
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znow-white Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
Dang it :giggle: I will see if I can find some more :D
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DaveMc Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008   Photographer
I think the best way to do that would be to use lens-tilt to move the plane of focus so that only the eyes were sharp. With a standard set-up, anything in the same plane as the eyes, like the cheeks, will still be in focus. Alas I don't have any examples, but I really want to go and shoot some now. Scheimpflug rocks.
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008   Photographer
Definitely. I want to get a lens baby for that reason :) But until then, if I can tilt my lens I can tilt my people!
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DaveMc Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008   Photographer
I love my Lensbabies, but they're not really tilt-lenses as any Scheimpflug effect gets totally lost in the general crazy blurriness.

Lensbaby 3G: [link]

A Holga lens on a Canon 5D is also a nice soft-focus tool: [link] [link]

Another great complexion smoother is infrared. You get alabaster skin tones with everything in focus.

Infrared: [link] [link]
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008   Photographer
You're great - all those links (apart from being stuff I want!) will be really useful for the journal I'm planning too :)
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Doubtful-Della Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Photographer
Like so? Bride by `achfoo

I'd give you one of mine, but normally I touch the skin up a bit
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CrazyLadiee Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008   Photographer
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[link]
Love her work ^_^ Hope this is what you were looking for
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infernalphotography Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
I'm not sure that's really a valid way of making skin look smooth. It'd really be more luck than judgement. But good luck
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008   Photographer
It's definitely judgement - you know where to focus and can see when you're focusing what parts are sharp and what parts are soft. It can happen nicely by accident sometimes, but it's definitely something that works intentionally too :)
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ImagesByTeriG Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Photographer
ahh. good luck!
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008   Photographer
Like these...

[link]
[link]
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RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008   Photographer
I'm looking for examples of shallow depth of field portraits with smooth skin (ie focus on something other than the skin) for a feature I'm putting together to accompany a journal entry I'm planning.
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