The Physics of Brokeh:
The Brokeh system uses light physics to achieve its dramatic effects, including broken color theory,angle of (light ray) incidence, specular highlights(as related to photography and the human face) and curved color patternsthat mix the light to achieve both separation of color and natural blending.
SOFT BROKEN COLORS
The Brokeh System uses additive broken color theory to create white light using combinations of complementary colors and color harmonies. When added together the colors make white light, however, because the colors are separated in the Brokeh patterns, irregularly shaped subjects such as human faces will have subtle color shifts as the angle of incidencechanges over curves and small irregularities (pores, etc.). The effect is a softening of the imperfections of the subject’s face.
As the upper image shows, the Brokeh Pattern actually accentuates the 3-D effect on the shape of the face compared to standard white light on the lower image. The closeup of the Brokeh-reflected highlights looks more like film grain than simple white blobs of light. The scale of the highlights in this test is far larger than what you would see on a real human face, but consider this…
MODERN SENSORS ARE MORE SENSITIVE
TO COLOR HUE SHIFTS THAN YOUR EYES
The Brokeh System uses the oversampling and hyper-color renderings of modern sensors to its advantage. The sensors see the reflected light from the Brokeh patterns coming off the face at different angles of incidence which creates the overall appearance of a softness and depth that is not possible with white light. It is like microscopic pointillism as used by the impressionist artists of the 19thcentury.
ALL BROKEH FILTERS WORK WITH EACH OTHER
The F Series come in sets of 3 Patterns (FEK, FAK, FEF) they are used on soft lights as key or fill. Please indicate the size of your soft light diffusor when ordering.*
The N Series are printed on large substrates for reflection or transmission. (Claycoat or Magic Cloth) they are used in frames (4x4, 6x6, 8x8, 12x12, 20x20) with grommets and ties.
*Due to limited availability Brokeh Products are currently rental only items.
Brokeh patterns fall into two main categories:
F series (Facial enhancement and contour control)
N Series (Natural environment)
Both F and N series make faces look better
The Brokeh patterns work by arranging dominant and complementary facial colors on a substrate. A human face in front of the pattern will reflect and absorb the colors on the pattern in different ways. It makes a human face it’s own contrast filter white the rest of the image is unaffected.
No more bleached out faces falling victim to an army of flat white lights. With Brokeh, every movement of the face creates infinite combinations of color mixing that will keep your 4K and 8K cameras busy.
Both the physics and esthetic side of broken color theory coexist in the Brokeh System. Perception of depth and the Impressionists’ ideas of feeling the sensation and beauty of light are all the result of deliberate positioning of dynamic colors that make faces look more vibrant.