Tiffen Black Pro-Mist 1/4 review: cinematic light rendering on the go

Reducing highlights, adding pastel colors while raising shadows - we tested this filter for creating film like images

Tiffen Black Pro-Mist 1/4 review
(Image: © Kim Bunermann/ Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Tiffen Black-Pro Mist filter is an excellent tool for photographers who want to add a bit of vintage look to their photos without compromising on image quality. Its ability to soften harsh light and enhance shadows and highlights offers a less digital and sterile look. The filter's 1/4 density strength provides a balanced effect, while the Black Halation Diffusion system and ColorCore technology ensure high-quality results.


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    No compromising on image details

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    Used by Hollywood cinematographers

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    10-year warranty


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    Not the cheapest

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Pro-Mist filters are renowned in the film industry for their ability to produce a beautiful, soft light while adding a pastel-like effect to frames. While softening the light, filters of this type also reduce highlights, lower the contrast, and raise shadows. This aesthetic has become increasingly popular among photographers as it offers a less digital and sterile look, bringing back the charm of analog photography without the need for an analog camera. By doing so, these filters provide a more authentic and organic overall look. 

This effect is useful in portrait photography as it softens not only the light but also skin imperfections, resulting in a more flattering and natural appearance of the subject. Additionally, it supports when photographing in high-contrast situations where the image contains strong highlights that need to be softened. Pro-Mist filters are also used in low-light scenarios to highlight small light sources while lifting black photo elements. 

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Kim Bunermann
Technique Editor

Kim is the Technique Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine. She specializes in architecture, still life and product photography and has a Master's degree in Photography and Media with a distinction from the FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Germany. While studying, Kim came to the UK for an exchange term at the London College of Communication. She settled in the UK and began her career path by joining Future. Kim focuses on tutorials and creative techniques, and particularly enjoys interviewing inspiring photographers who concentrate on a range of fascinating subjects including women in photography, the climate crisis; the planet, its precious creatures and the environment.