Ever since the movie Jurassic Park, the general public has associated digital imagery of any kind with special effects. This is true with digital photography as well, and often people assume that some trick is involved just because an image was shot with a digital camera. Not all digital imagery involves trickery, but I certainly don’t want to disappoint anyone hoping to learn a few special effects. This chapter will explore a few techniques that are uniquely digital, even though they may simulate traditional photographic effects. The focus will be on useful photographic effects commonly used with people photography.
Film Grain and Mezzotint
Soft focus or diffusion ...