Tiffen Digital Diffusion FX 1/4 review: clean and smooth

Soft skin while remaining the image's overall sharpness - a balancing tool for portrait photographers?

Tiffen Digital Diffusion FX 1/4 review
(Image: © Kim Bunermann/ Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Tiffen Digital Diffusion FX 1/4 filter is a great tool for photographers who want to achieve a balanced and natural-looking image without compromising on quality. While the skin gets smoothened the image is not losing on overall sharpness. The use of high-quality Water White optical glass ensures its effectiveness, and it does not impact image color but introduces a slight reduction in contrast.


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    Soften skin details

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    No compromising on image details

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    No halo effect


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    Slight reduction in contrast

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    1/4 density might be too subtle depending on your goals

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Diffusion filters are commonly used by photographers in order to soften skin imperfections and reduce the "digital" look that modern high-quality lenses can create. Once you find a suitable diffusion filter, it can significantly cut down on post-production editing time. The aim of these filters is to soften wrinkles while creating a natural overall effect that makes the subject appear more flawless.

If you are looking to purchase a diffusion filter, there are many brands to choose from, including Tiffen, Hoya, Promaster, Cokin, and more. These brands offer a wide range of filters with different densities, ranging from 1/8 to 5. 

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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.