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fulfilling a commission - what vignetting do you prefer and why?
13th Aug 2009, 21:45  

mtn_hermit says:

I'm going with #3; can't tell if there's any vignetting at all, really, but I just love that shot so much. That's just... hot.

13th Aug 2009, 22:28

Sprocket says:

no 3 for me

though I like the way your © in no 4 makes it look like she has a hairy armpit

13th Aug 2009, 22:44

msHedgehog says:

For the vignetting I think I like 3 best - it seems to be created entirely by the lighting in the room. The second one looks harsh and artificial to me, and the colour of the reddish vignette in the fourth seems a bit the same - it doesn't blend seamlessly with the lighting as the black one does. The black vignette in the top one works more like a real spotlight for me but isn't quite as seamless as 3, in which I think the vignette, assuming there is one, is a different shape. xx

13th Aug 2009, 23:21

beth says:

1. it's subtle and frames the image well - nice and direct so i know where i'm supposed to be looking without really feeling 'forced.'

13th Aug 2009, 23:34

Caine says:

Wow. Um, absolute favourite, the 1st shot. It's subtle, and conveys the passion which goes into the dance. After that, #3, which show the same as #1, but has a different perspective and feel. Both of those are amazingly sensual and intimate, and the lighting is dramatic without looking artificial.

14th Aug 2009, 04:52

Dhamaka says:

thank you everyone, this is really helpful

MsHedgehog - next time you're there take a look on the floor. There are really bright lights that get in the way - either by washing out everything or by making parts of the shot incredibly overexposed. I needed a fast and consistent way to get rid of them unobtrusively and to fade out the audience. Could of course have done it manually with photoshop but that would take so much time..

14th Aug 2009, 09:23

JokerXL says:

Definately NOT the 2nd!
#3 probably, subtle is betta.

14th Aug 2009, 13:05

SLG says:

Great series, love her dress too.

15th Aug 2009, 23:26

Dhamaka says:

thank you (me too)

16th Aug 2009, 14:24

taniwha says:

I prefer teh third. the lighting point made by hedgehog is a good one but what I like about vignetting in general is that is projects teh intinacy of the scene.

17th Aug 2009, 08:56

mysteritmo says:

# 3 is my favourite. But all fabulous shots, really.

17th Aug 2009, 14:53

Dhamaka says:

thank you taniwha and mysteritmo

this is really making me think, any more suggestions with regards to the vignetting would be much appreciated

17th Aug 2009, 17:51

mysteritmo says:

Try to do to #3 what you did to #1

17th Aug 2009, 17:56

Dhamaka says:

change the lighting as well as the vignetting?

17th Aug 2009, 17:59

mysteritmo says:

Yes. Even though I realize you will miss a little bit of their legs. Anyway I'm no expert - so don't pay me too much attention :-)


Maybe just changing the vignetting will do?

17th Aug 2009, 18:04

Dhamaka says:

you always did take good photos

Anyway, the people I'm doing this for aren't experts either. They just liked my tango shots.

17th Aug 2009, 18:06

mysteritmo says: me :-) They are all fabulous anyway.

17th Aug 2009, 18:07

Dhamaka says:

thank you - they're a really lovely couple too and I'm just finishing writing something for their current project

17th Aug 2009, 18:11

SLG says:

1 I think is the best

17th Aug 2009, 18:14

Dhamaka says:

that's a cop-out... I'm asking you to tell me why...

17th Aug 2009, 18:24

msHedgehog(mshedgehog1-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

I know what you mean about the lights, they are really spotty - what I meant was, I like best the version of the vignetting that looks as though it was done with lighting, and I think (3) is the most successful for that although (1) is also very good.

17th Aug 2009, 19:48

Dhamaka says:

it's the one I started with too - thanks

17th Aug 2009, 20:04

<O> says:

Hmm just read all of this and I don't like 3, sorry.

In all but four my eye does not know whre to look and I find the processing doesn't help me at all in that regard except for in four.

Two looks like an old fashioned postcard and I don't like the way the shading is covering the chaps face in one and three.

The fourth kinda works for me because the shading, i cant be bothered to spell vinegar properly, takes the eye to her face and in that case fading the chap out works well

Sorry but you asked..

18th Aug 2009, 08:22

Dhamaka says:

I did and I'm pleased you told me

18th Aug 2009, 08:31