One of the uses of the soft focus filter
that many of us are familiar with is in old Star Trek
episodes. After watching a number of these I referred to it disparaging
ly as the "chick filter", because any attractive woman
on the show invariably had her close-up shots soft-focused. It's all hard-edged Captain Kirk
, then cut to a close-up of Lieutenant Uhura
, who appears to be standing in a cloud of talcum powder
I was recently shocked and amused to find that on the board of faculty pictures at my new university department, the two female professors' photos were the only ones in soft-focus! This despite the fact that many a warty, hairy male prof could have well benefited from it...