Freewell Glow Mist Filters
Freewell Glow Mist Filters

Freewell Glow Mist filters review: getting the glow look

Magnetized filters that bloom highlights, soften detail, lift contrast, and take some of the digital out of digital

Freewell has expanded its magnetic quick-swap filter system with two new “Glow Mist” filters.  Available in 1/8 and 1/4 strengths, these filters diffuse, scatter and soften light. Their most practical use is creating halation; an effect where light appears to glow and expand beyond the boundary of its source. Mist filters are also effective at softening skin and minimizing wrinkles.

Historically speaking, “mist” filters have been used in Hollywood feature films for years. But today, they’re experiencing a rebirth amongst filmmakers and photographers looking to soften and de-sharpen digital images and videos for a more nostalgic, film-like look.

In this video, I use both the 1/8 and 1/4 “Glow Mist” filters from Freewell to demonstrate the differences between them and explain how Freewell’s magnetic filter system works.