Vignetting refers to a specialized photography technique where you darken or fade out the edges of your photo. If you want a unique look in your image, vignetting is the right option for you. Vignetting creates a dark, unclear effect at the edges of your photo. If not dcorrectly way, vignetting in the photos will appear unprofessional. So, you should first gather a proper idea about it to create an amazing vignetting effect in your image.
Everything You Need To Know About Vignetting In Photography
How Many Types of Lens Vignetting Are There?
There are mainly 5 types of vignetting- Optical vignetting, Mechanical vignetting, Natural vignetting, artificial vignetting, and pixel vignetting. Optical vignetting occurs when the light takes more time to reach the sensor than usual, creating a dark effect. Mechanical vignetting occurs when lens accessories block the path of light from reaching the sensor. Natural vignetting occurs when light enters the sensor at such an angle that it affects the image sensor. Pixel vignetting occurs when the pixels of the corners of the flat image sensor receive less light than the other parts, and so appear dark. Artificial vignetting is the vignetting effect that you can produce during post-production. You might have seen such photos in social media filters.
Why Should You Try Vignetting?
Vignetting makes a photo appear more creative. It also draws the attention of the audience to the vignetted portions. It evokes a nostalgic feeling in their minds, by giving the image a retro look. Even if you do not like vignetting personally, to grow as a photographer, you should try it just to assess how it works.
When Should You Avoid Vignetting
If you feel that vignetting does not suit the mood of your image, avoid applying it. It will affect the overall response of your audience to the photo. Avoid vignetting a photo that you shot with bright lights for the same reason. Also, sometimes vignette in the image might distract the audience from focusing on the subject, so be careful about that.
How To Create Vignetting?
There are several methods for creating each type of vignetting- the 2 most commonly used options are using step-up rings, and vignetting during post-processing. If you do not know what a step-up ring is, it is an accessory that you can employ to use large filters in small lenses. Post-processing software like Photoshop and Lightroom have options to create artificial vignetting, so you can use them if you do not want to apply vignetting effect while clicking the photo.
How To Remove Vignetting?
If you feel like the lens vignetting is not looking good, you can remove it in some easy ways during post-production. Firstly, if it does not hamper the composition of your photo, crop the vignetted corners. If it does, you should then take the help of post-processing software like Photoshop and Lightroom to remove vignetting. If you use Photoshop, you will see a Vignetting Tool that you can employ to correct the vignetted areas of the image. If you use Lightroom, you will find the Lens Corrections option under the Develop Module for that.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.