If you want a warm film look for your photographs or videos, you might want to consider one of the easiest ways to come closer to a film look. That is halation, or a light bloom, and I'm going to show you how it's done through a diffusion filter.
What Is Halation?
Halation is a photographic effect that can add a sense of nostalgia and warmth to a photograph or video. It is often associated with the look of film and can be used to give digital images a more analog feel. You can achieve this type of "bloom" or halation through diffusion filters for your camera lens.
How Can I Achieve Halation?
Halation is caused by light reflecting off the surfaces of the film emulsion and the film base. This creates a halo or bloom of light around bright objects in the image. The effect is more pronounced in film than in digital imaging, as film has a higher level of light sensitivity and a lower dynamic range. However, you can achieve halation through a few ways.
- Digital photographers and videographers can achieve a version of halation through diffusion filters. In the video, I talk about a diffusion filter for the lens, which provides halation in varies degrees. I test out two popular brands and even two different lens settings, like 1/4 stop diffusion and a 1/2 stop diffusion.
- Another common method is to use a lens with a wide aperture, such as f/1.4 or f/2.8. This allows more light to enter the camera and can create a brighter halo around bright objects in the image.
- You can also add halation in post-production using software like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. In these programs, you can use the "lens blur" or "Gaussian blur" tool to create a halo around bright objects in the image. This can be fine-tuned to your liking.
Overall, halation can help to create a more film-like look in a photograph or video by adding a sense of nostalgia and warmth. It can also help to draw the viewer's attention to specific elements in the image. If I am photographing digitally, I prefer the easiest method of the diffusion filter.
In conclusion, halation can be a powerful tool for adding a sense of nostalgia and warmth to digital images and can help to create a more film-like look. With a little experimentation, you can use it to add a unique touch to your photographs and videos.