Vignetting Photos

Vignetting photos is often an unintended and undesired effect caused by camera settings or lens limitations. However, it is sometimes deliberately introduced for a creative effect. I simply love the effect of vignetting on my Black & White images. I am applying vignetting artistically to enhance the visual impact of my photos. In my personal opinion, it is sometimes also advisable to vignette ones images. There are photographers who love the dramatic impact or effect of vignetting, and yet, others do not seem to like it at all. I think it all comes down to personal preference.

Let me show you an image before the effect is applied, and thereafter. It is up to you to decide which photo has the most impact.

Vignetting photos The blue wildebeest, also called the common wildebeest, is a large antelope and one of the two species of wildebeest. Blue wildebeest are characterised by a long black mane and a beard of hair hanging from the throat and neck. Vignetting photos The blue wildebeest, also called the common wildebeest, is a large antelope and one of the two species of wildebeest. Blue wildebeest are characterised by a long black mane and a beard of hair hanging from the throat and neck.

When the vignette effect is applied to ones images, it means that it is the darkening of the edges of a photo which are the furthest from the center of your photograph. It draws the eye to the center of the image, framing the edges in darkness. It keeps the viewers eye on the subject in your photo. It can be created using post processing software, such as Adobe’s Lightroom, Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, and much other post processing software. The extent of post processing vignette is controlled by the photographer, and can most certainly add creativity to your photographs. The vignetting photos effect can also be achieved by the use of special filters.

Vignetting photos The meerkat or suricate (Suricata suricatta), forage in a group with one "sentry" on guard watching for predators while the others search for food. Vignetting photos The meerkat or suricate (Suricata suricatta), forage in a group with one "sentry" on guard watching for predators while the others search for food.

As you can see, there are compositional and artistic situations where it’s pleasing to use them and it certainly add creativity to your photographs.

You should decide if you want to vignette or to not vignette. What is your opinion about the vignetting photos effect? Do you love it or don’t you like the effect? Take some of you undesirable Black & White photos and turn them into master pieces, giving them that visual impact. It does not work on all photos but on some it just gives the photo more impact. You can achieve the WOW! Factor with this effect.

Vignetting photos Zebras are single-hoofed animals that are native to Africa. Zebras are very closely related to horses and donkeys; in fact, they are in the same genus, Equus. The most prominent feature of zebras is the bold patterns on their coats. Vignetting photos Zebras are single-hoofed animals that are native to Africa. Zebras are very closely related to horses and donkeys; in fact, they are in the same genus, Equus. The most prominent feature of zebras is the bold patterns on their coats.

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2 Comments

  1. Helena September 20, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    This image capture the Zebra at its best. prefer the darkened edges because the spotlight is on the Zebra and the dramatic affect is pleasing. wildlife phtography my not accept this technique but i can see it as a stunnig image for eg calenders, placemats postcards etc. i enjoyed very much. keep up the good work.

    • Fanie Heymans September 20, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

      Thanks Helena. Just like you mentioned. I also love the Vignette effect because it makes the subject pop out of the photo.

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