Tiffen Digital FX Diffusion

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  9:30 minutes of Video Instruction, Detailed Written Breakdown, Lighting Schematics and Side By Side comparisons for better instruction.   –Supplied w/English Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  Filtration in front of the lens has become a staple for cinematographers over the years. Many cinematographers craft their patented “look” based on how they alter the glass. In this Lesson Shane Hurlbut, ASC discusses his love for Digital Diffusion and his favorite filters to carry out to set. You’ll learn of Tiffen’s many options to help you determine the best filter for future scenarios, and leave with the knowledge of how to dial in your full vision.

  • Understanding the difference between white and black filter diffusion.
  • How Digital diffusion affects the highlights.
  • How Digital diffusion affects the shadows.
  • Understanding how to control your subjects skin with digital diffusion.
  • Creating a dynamic image utilizing a specific look with digital diffusion.
  • Being aware of the pros each diffusion filter has.
  • Being aware of the cons each diffusion filter has.
  • The various types of digital diffusion and how they’ll affect the image.
  • Seeing the difference between each interval of filtration.
  • Understanding how focal length and filtration can work together.
  • Tiffen Diffusion filters tested on a 50mm and 85mm lens w/ Digital Diffusion 1/4-5


<<<Michael R>>> You knocked it out of the park for me Shane. Of course that will mean emptying my wallet again, but at least I know exactly what to expect when I do it. I can now spec the look much more closely for any given project without guessing.
<<<Elisha R>>> This Lesson makes me appreciate being in the The Hurlbut Academy. I’ve never would have heard of the Digital Diffusion. Anyway these diffusion filters are fantastic on taking off the edge of footage coming from these 4k and now 8K cameras.
<<<Lucas>>> Great! now I know what to choose. Thanks for the Series of Lessons on Diffusion! Those blooming effects are just beautiful! its making image so old school! I Love it!
<<<Austin M>>> LOVE the Lesson. SO SO Helpful.  Thank you Shane!!
<<<Braden B>>> Great as always Shane! I am soaking your lessons up like a sponge.
<<<Guilio C>>> Hi, there! I love this kind of Lesson, they are so useful!
<<<Elisha R>>> Well ..i guess I will be buying the Black Satin series.. Wow.
<<<Oliver W>>> I really like the look of this filter Shane! Previously coming from subtle looks like the Hollywood black magic 1/4 and 1/2 my 1/2 filter got cracked on the feature and I’m really thinking of getting this satin to replace it!
<<<Drazen S>>> Great lesson…thanks Shane for the enlightenment…
<<<David S>>> Great Lesson. Learned a few things. I too have not been a big filter player in the past but I have recently really been using 1/8 Classic Softs and/or 1/4 Low cons. I have not been a Tiffen fan at all but these Black SFX look really impressive and I’ll definitely be giving them a try. Also, thanks for the tip on heavier filters for wider lenses!
<<<Mark A>>> Christmas came early!
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cinarunal 7 days ago

Hi Shane, thank you again for the well detailed course, I have some questions; as I see the difference between Black Satin and Black Glimmer is not big as others, so I wonder Is there specific stiuaton that you would pick one of them for? And can we use these diffusion with ND filter or Polarized filters and if we can in which order we should put in front of the lens? Thank you

Amoviel 25 days ago

Hey Shane. Was checking out Tiffens website and I see they offer a Density of 3, 4 and 5. I know you said in the video 2 was the strongest, are these other options new? And would you think 3, 4 and 5 would be much more drastic, it might be best to stick with the 2? Thank you!

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    24 days ago

      @Amoviel Hi Amoviel, I have asked Tiffen to make many more densities. So you have now available 1/16th for like 300mm lenses and I have made up to 9 density for 8mm and 10mm lenses. So 1/16-9 are now available. Look at our new newsletter that just went out, it has a breakdown on diffusion in regards to density and focal lengths.