Embroidery hoops (a variety of sizes available) make a great support for the stocking material mentioned by Bob and others. Tulle fabric (a fine netting) can also work for diffusion, but with less effect than the stockings.
And Bob mentioned it, but it could be stressed a bit more for those starting out: the diffusion material should be kept moving during the entire time it's used.
Sorry , I mean you will have to establish a grade five for the shadows and blacks, usually the exact same time as the 0 exposure (100% blast)
I use the filter closer to the lens and like Lee mentions moves it continually.
Also unrelated, but in Lith printing I will make a main exposure, then crinkle up tissue paper and lay it directly on the paper and easel and with a big ass dodging tools hold back key areas and blast the crap out of the print.
you get the texture of the paper or the creases and it really is beautiful.
Originally Posted by tkamiya
Bob, what do you mean by 100% blast?
What I understand is that you want me to establish the highlight first using #0 filter and defuse to soften the skin. Then lay down shadows using #5.... right?
I think, the placement of the stocking affects the amount of diffusion. Do this close to the lens or really stretch it and do it close to the print?