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    good filters for people.

    I plan on investing on some filters for taking portraits; not studio portraits but more informal environmental portraits, I guess. I did some research and are my assertions correct?

    Yellow filters will lighten skin tones and reduce blemishes.
    Green filters will darken skin tones and make blemishes stand out.
    yellow-green is in between.

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    I was under the impression that green filters are decent for portraits while blue filters will darken skin tones and emphasize blemishes....

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    That was the impression I was also under. I don't tend to do many portraits with B&W, but I know I've used green before for them.

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    Blue will emphasize blemishes, red will hide them. Green will give a fairly natural-looking result, even compared to no filter. Shooting with extended-red or IR film (SFX200, IR820, etc) can give a glowing marble look to skin.

    A polariser will reduce oily-skin reflections & highlights for a more matte, made-up look.

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    cool. thanks

    I actually found this online:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyf...sergio_barnes/

    That helps but I've seen some pretty wicked shots with the blue filter.

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    Consider the subject's complexion. A similar color filter will lighten and the opposite color will darken (green darkens red). There are lighter and darker versions of many filters and the lighter versions will probably give a more natural appearance if that is what you are after.
    Also consider some degree of diffusion for some people ( although I shouldn't mention it here, PhotoShop can do wonders on wrinkles and blemishes).

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/

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    If a natural rendition is what you are after, I would opt for either a light green or light to moderate yellow. When shooting with my Nikons, I generally go with either the 85mm F1.4 or my 105mm F1.8 with either Nikon's X0 or Y44 or Y48 filters replacing the usual skylight..

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    I like an orange filter most of the time. No one has mentioned it but a soft filter helps in certain situations. Thats the one thats going to help with wrinkles, blemishes, and uneven skin tones.

    I have seen the blue filter used in male portraits to kick up the dramatic feel and the masculinity a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msbarnes View Post
    I plan on investing on some filters for taking portraits; not studio portraits but more informal environmental portraits, I guess. I did some research and are my assertions correct?

    Yellow filters will lighten skin tones and reduce blemishes.
    Green filters will darken skin tones and make blemishes stand out.
    yellow-green is in between.
    Yes, your assertions are correct.

    You can of course go further with lighteneing skin tones and blenishes - yellow/orange, orange and even red.

    The effect can be quite interesting - you might end up with alibaster looking skin and almost no lip colour

    Lip colour can be then be managed with Lipstick shade or colour

    Choice of lighting is also important - Flash (Strobes) give an effect similar to daylight.

    Tunsten has the same sort of effect of using yellow and orange filters.

    Generally, women prefer their portraits done with filters that will reduce skin blemishes - so yellow/orange/red

    If you want to show off the weathered skin of a man then a green filter is probably what you need.

    It depends on your subject and what you are trying to capture - but a bit of experimentation (with notes so you can remember what you did) is a great way to learn

    Martin

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    You are obviously talking about filters for Caucasians. Note that green filters darken skin with a complexion ("brown" skin). I find a green filter gives very natural results with Indian-type people (I don't know what that skin color is called), without a filter they look too pale.
    You can also choose filters based on eye color. Blue filters give very interesting results with blue-eyed people.
    And the sign said, "long haired freaky people need not apply"

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