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THE PATERSON TECHNIQUE


ONE particular technique Paterson used to great effect was virtually new at the time – the soft focus lens, coupled with subtle lighting effects. The soft focus effect is used in glamour photography because the effect eliminates blemishes and, in general, produces a dream-like image. Many think of these lenses as merely a way to ‘erase wrinkles,’ and although very flattering


for portraiture, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, soft focus lenses were popular for a number of subjects. A group that called themselves ‘Pictorialists’ used them on a wide range of subject matter. They were contemporaries of the Impressionist movement, and the soft focus lenses they used created a similar feeling in their photographs.


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