Sunday, March 26, 2006

Faux Vignetting Technique

Vignetting in a photograph was previously considered a lens attribute or a lens defect inasmuch as the lens cannot transmit light equally to all parts of the frame most especially on the edge corners. Wide angle lenses are more prone to vignetting inherently due to lens design where light fall off on the corners of the frame is a natural occurrence. With the advent of photo editing softwares like PhotoShop, creating vignettes in a photo is now a breeze. Vignetting is now used mainly for creative effects of drawing attention to the center of the frame.

The photo above, taken at the Harbour Square near Manila Yacht Club along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, is an illustrative example of how a vignetting looks like. It was post processed in PhotoShop CS2 version.

Shown below is another post processed example of vignetting. On PhotoShop, go to Filters --> Distort --> Lens Correction and play with the Vignette slider.
The photo on the right is the Manila Cathedral, also known as the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. It is the ecclesisastical seat of the Archdiocese of Manila. This present structure was constructed in 1954 to 1958 under the leadership of Archbishop Rufino Santos of Manila (who later became the first Filipino Cardinal) and under the supervision of National Artist for Architecture Awardee, Architect Fernando Ocampo. It was elevated into the rank of Basilica Minore in 1981 by Pope John Paul II.

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