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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Use Lightroom Like a Darkroom

How to work like an old-school master printer when you’re processing images in the computer

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Figure 10:
Edge darkening is achieved with Post-Crop Vignetting.
Edge Darkening
There's an additional darkroom control I use frequently, in part because it was such an important and basic tool for the traditional photographer working in the darkroom. Ansel Adams stressed the importance of darkening the edges of your picture to give the photo more dimension and help keep the viewer's eye on the image. This is easily done with Post-Crop Vignetting in the Effects panel (Fig. 10).

Overadjust the Amount at first so you can see where the effect is occurring and what the other sliders do. You have to be careful that you don't make a very strong vignette without also making a rather large feather or the edge of the vignette will be too obvious in your photograph. The style, Highlight Priority, is fine.

Rob Sheppard's latest books include Landscape Photography: From Snapshots To Great Shots and the free iBook A Nature Photography Manifesto. His blog is at www.natureandphotography.com.


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