Q: This picture was taken with my old camera gear, but I've never captured as good a pose. How can I perfect this shot? Color? Sharpening?
A: Color and Selective Sharpening will help, but you can create focus and punch with the help of a Vignette.The human eye is drawn to contrast before color, and to light areas before dark ones. Adding a vignette that darkens the edges of the frame can help to create focus and draw the viewer's eye right smack to the subject. Besides the basic Post-Crop Vignette slider, Lightroom provides us with a bunch of bitchin tools with which to build custom vignettes.
Don't get carried away though - I've seen plenty of otherwise lovely images ruined by heavy-handed vignetting. The effect should manifest at a nearly subconscious level, or it will create distraction instead of focus. Topics covered include: Custom vignettes using the graduated filter and new radial filter.
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Erin Quigley is a Adobe ACE certified digital imaging consultant specializing in customized workflows and editing strategies using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. She is an award-winning underwater photographer and video editor, and creator of GoAskErin.com, which provides one-on-one instruction, custom video tutorials, and Photoshop and Lightroom resources specifically developed for underwater shooters.