CineBloom Diffusion Filters: How to Get Dreamy Looking Photos/Footage

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Our new CineBloom diffusion filter is the perfect testament to film-like photos without breaking the bank with film stock. It produces a beautiful hazy glow around lit subjects, creating a unique style of visual appeal that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to manipulate in Photoshop.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Sexy looking piece of tech right there.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Have you literally seen anything more amazing? No.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Fits on a phone, no problem.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

From 37mm to 82mm.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Shot with the Cinebloom on a 35mm camera.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Creamy shadows on film with the filter.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Blue is... cool.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Threads to your surface in one simple motion.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

A product of the filter, shot on the filter.

To Know:

This is Moment’s first ever diffusion filter. As a non-technical photographer, I had no idea what a “diffusion” filter was or how most creatives produced that dreamy haze in their photos and video. When I heard more about the simplicity of this gracious tool, I grew more and more excited. After trying it for our shoot with the Marias in LA, I’m fully convinced I’m never taking it off my camera. There’s something explicitly magical about the use of our baby, CineBloom, and I’m increasingly more inspired to create future projects.

What We Love:

Effortless Haze

Glowy lights, soft skin tones, and a dream-like haze takes off that digital edge.

Makes Your Digital Creations Look Like Film

While I’m still able to use this filter on my film camera, I can simultaneously manipulate my digital images and video to look like film.

Premium Glass

Keep your camera scratch and dirt free with CineBloom’s protective layer of premium glass.

The Details:

Brand: Moment

Price: $49.99 - $79.99

Product Type: Diffusion Filter

Best For: Filmmakers and Photographers looking for a softer, less clinically sharp image straight out of the camera.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Niles shot without the filter.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Niles shot at 10% diffusion.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Niles shot at 20% diffusion.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Bar shot without the filter.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Bar shot at 10% diffusion.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Bar shot at 20% diffusion.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Taylor shot without the filter.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Taylor shot at 10% diffusion.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Taylor shot at 20% diffusion.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Natalie shot without the filter.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Natalie shot at 10% diffusion.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

Natalie shot at 20% diffusion.

Take the edge off with CineBloom.

We’ve shot with a lot of filters, and nothing caught our attention quite like diffusion filters. But they weren’t meeting all of our needs... so we decided to make our own.

Available in densities of 10% and 20%, Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filters are the secret sauce to capturing dreamy, film-like footage. Escape the clinical, ultrasharp look of digital with this specialty glass. It not only catches and blooms light, but has a smoothing effect on skin tones, making wrinkles less noticeable. The ring of the filter is precision machined from aerospace grade metal, delivering the durability we expect for all of our shoots. It’s also specially designed to be thin enough to stack underneath another filter without compromising field of view. This means you can use an ND or VND on top of it for shooting cinematic frame rates and capturing motion blur. The glass itself is made by fusing a micro layer of black particulates between two layers of top grade Japanese filter glass, allowing us to maintain full image quality. We are able to precisely control the density of these particulates to offer 2 different strengths of diffusion filters. Take your footage to timeless, cinematic heights with CineBloom from Moment.

  • Available in densities of 10% (1/2), and 20% (1)
  • Premium Japanese Optical glass for superior image clarity
  • Easily stacks underneath Moment Variable ND Filters
  • Knurled grip for easy removal
  • Uncoated glass ensures maximum effect and strength of bloom
  • Works with any standard center pinch lens cap (like the one you already have for your camera lens)
  • Available for standard camera lens sizes 37-82mm
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Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

The Marías Band shot in Los Angeles.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filter

The Marías Band shot in Los Angeles.

What Is A Diffusion Filter?

A diffusion filter is often used to create a glowy haze spreading out the light across the etched filter surface, while still maintaining crisp contrast and sharpness. It’s the effect of bending a percentage of image-forming light from its original origin to defocus. The filter’s tiny pattern of haze will also help alter the bokeh to a more creamy state. I’m truly amazed at how well it captures a beautiful haze around the light to soften the details of my subject, while still retaining the sharpness of the individual hairs and details of the eye.

When You’d Want to Use a Diffusion Filter

One may use a diffusion filter for both photo and video in tandem; it is not particularly made for one or the other. That’s what makes this product so fun and versatile for any creator.

Oftentimes, within contemporary media, cinematographers choose to diffuse an image to make it seem that the audience is no longer watching a film set in modern times. Even those who are not versed in the language of cinema can pick up on these visual cues. It’s almost as if the viewer is watching something set beyond the real world. In fact, many films during the Golden Age of Hollywood shine with a hazy film due the unique lighting, film stock, and use of netting within its visual appearance. The use of a diffusion filter can simulate these visual motifs for an audience.

Similarly, this type of filter can be used for photography purposes, as well. It takes the digital edge of you — subject, producing a soft, majestic elegance you couldn’t otherwise manipulate in Photoshop.

How To Use a Diffusion Filter

The greatest feature behind this filter is that you don’t have to twist the filter back and forth to create its effect. Effortlessly thread the filter on and off your lens and viola, you’re done — no hassle or buggy interface.

Each thread size comes in two different diffusion tactics, 10% and 20%. The 10% offers slight blooming around lit subjects to create that buttery cinematic vibe. However, the 20% is slightly more noticeable and really blesses your lens with that dream-like onimence.

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Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filters

Taylor in Chinatown shot at 20% diffusion.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filters

The Marías Band shot with the filter in a vibey home.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filters

Josh shot at 20% diffusion.

What It Has:

  • Camera Lenses (37-82mm thread sizing)
  • Longer focal lengths need more diffusion for the same effect
  • Carry Case
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Filter (duh!)

What It Does:

  • Softens image without losing quality
  • Makes highlights bloom
  • Softens and smooths appearance of wrinkles and blemishes in skin
  • Easier retouching in post

Key Features

  • Super thin to stack between a lens and VND
  • Beautiful diffusion look filmmakers want
  • Iconic visual look of the filter itself
  • Priced fairly for creators
  • New versions that don’t exist (VND and drone)
Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filters

Natalie shot at 20% diffusion in the creamy, golden light.

Moment CineBloom Diffusion Filters

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