Thursday, 22 January 2009


A very simple technique in digital photography is to convert you pictures into black and white or sepia or any number of other colours. You have seen those old-fashioned sepia photos and now any of your photos can be like that at the click of a button.

A simple progression on this technique is to make a vignette. This is the effect around the photo that makes the edges fade into the paper. Here is a vignetter of Eric. Digitally this is a very easy technique. It means that you have to identify the part of the photo that you want to keep and the part that you want to lose, and you also have to choose how rapidly the fade will be. The term for this in digital photography is feathering.

Any technique is simple if you know how to do it, and you also have to learn what terms mean, but if you have the interest there is a lot of help out there to allow you to create vignettes. You can see a lot of examples of vignettes on my website at because it is a technique which I like to use for brides and grooms.

Happy snapping

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