Vignetting for Mood

Vignetting Style Photo 1

Sometimes it’s nice to go out with some friends and just have some fun shooting photos. On this day, I set out to mindfully shoot photos which I planned to post-process using an extreme vignetting effect. Vignetting is a natural effect which can occur when shooting with certain lenses at wide apertures. Sometimes, rather than trying to “fix” vignetting effects in post processing, we can embrace and exaggerate them to create a certain moodiness in our image. Here are a few shots which I would like to share with everyone, as an example of using extreme vignetting (during post-processing) on some recent “fun shoots” I was on.

Vignetting Style 2

These examples are meant to illustrate the various moods that can be created by vignetting. Additionally, I wanted to demonstrate how an extreme vignette (although sometimes even a subtle one) can draw the eye in to the subject in your image. In this last image, I also used an Orton effect to make the skin “glow.”

Vignetting Style 3

If anybody would like further information on my post processing steps for these images, please drop me a line in the forums and I would be more than happy to assist.

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Dave Seeram is the Editor of PhotographyBB Magazine, photographer, Canucks fan, Lostie,  fanboy, Dad, blogger, entrepreneur, and part-time superhero. Dave is the owner of this blog, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the PhotographyBB Magazine and CLARITY: PHOTOGRAPHY BEYOND THE CAMERA

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