Definition of soft focus in English:

soft focus

Syllabification: soft fo·cus


  • Deliberate slight blurring or lack of definition in a photograph or movie.
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    • Hill took the opportunity to take a series of pictures of the men, where the blur of the image, created by the fibrous texture of the paper negative, soft focus and slight movement, gives a sense of life to the calotype.
    • Delightfully conceived and beautifully shot; the camera pushing in closely with soft focus and colours a-blur, it captures Peter's carefree frame of mind perfectly.
    • Nicholson manages to convey the simultaneous ubiquity and otherness of photography through a kind of painterly soft focus that, in its cunning blandness, anticipates Gerhard Richter and Chuck Close.


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  • 1Characterized by or producing a lack of definition.
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    • The change is made more powerful by the way Lee shot the final scene: filtered with golden light and soft-focus lenses, a marked difference from the gritty cinematography constituting most of the film.
    • We now see her face, enjoyed in close-up by the slightly soft-focus camera.
    • Here are some tips for using soft-focus filters.
  • 1.1Denoting a point of view or style of presentation that obscures or avoids sharp definition in order to be more widely acceptable: soft-focus, nonpolitical essays about American life
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    • Perhaps it is comforting to know that John Major's soft-focus view of Britain replete with warm beer and old maids cycling to church does exist somewhere.
    • While Friends Reunited fosters a soft-focus view of school life, many of us remember the harsh reality.
    • A Scot long domiciled in California, Fraser presents a skilled, soft-focus take on the traditions of Scots fiddle, and here brings his young protégé Haas' cello centre-stage.

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