Animal Portraits/Headshots - Vignetting or not?

Discussion in 'Retouching and Post Processing' started by agrumpyoldsod, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. None

    4 vote(s)
  2. MIld

    4 vote(s)
  3. Heavy

    0 vote(s)
  1. I find that my taste how how I finish my Big Cat Images varies like the weather - and I live in London (the one in the UK).

    I am seeking the so-called cinematic separation of subject from its background and also for the edges of the image to be slightly darker than the rest. But how far do you go -- what is more appealing -- a light touch or more heavy treatment.

    Here are a few examples
    No vignetting -
    20170310-06-54-5920170310-06-54-59 blended_D504610 3x2 for WEB WM Downsampled FOR DPReview. Mild vignetting
    20170310-08-33-0120170310-08-33-01_C021387 FOR WEB FOR DPReview. Heavy vignetting -
    20170310-08-32-5520170310-08-32-55_C021380 FOR Web FOR DPReview.
  2. I didn't cast a vote because for me it all depends on the photograph.

    • Agree Agree x 2
  3. gryphon1911


    Mar 20, 2017
    Central Ohio
    I didn't cast a vote either. "It Depends" and "Personal Preference" are how I do things in this situation.
  4. davidzvi


    Apr 30, 2005
    I agree it depends, but I do tend toward mid in general.
  5. Unlike the others, I went ahead and posted my thought as "mild". I would prefer that you poll had a few more choices, like "sometimes" and was a multi-select, all you need to do is to figure out all the myriad of possibilities. Much like "saturation" and "HDR", it seems we have an easier time of telling when it is "too much" vs. "too little". Being much of centrist myself, "All Things in Moderation" fits for me in this regard.

    Actually, on this theme, I just posted a thread in Birds where I did some vignette, hopefully "In Moderation".
  6. Randy


    May 11, 2006
    None, always none, it's like a frame, none again
  7. not that you're opinionated :) .

    I voted none, too, but who am I to say that someone else is wrong to use it for theirown pleasure?

  8. It depends. . . . my mood, subject, background, color vs. B&W, print vs web vs. on-screen, time of day, number of glasses of wine, focus/miss-focus, phase of moon, price of rice, # of tweets, etc.

    Of course all this assumes that I have taken an animal headshot :rolleyes: 
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2017
  9. Randy


    May 11, 2006
    I didn't say anyone was wrong just that I'm right:) , seriously though we complain when a lens vignettes
  10. web52


    May 9, 2008
    houston tx
    All three of those _different_ pictures are nice ones. Occasionally, for portraits or still life shots, I'll do vignettes.

    But on these pictures I'm more drawn to the injury on the first one's forehead. Any story about that?
  11. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    For me it depends on the image. I do, however, find that a mild vignette (one that is not immediately - if ever - noticed by the viewer) often helps focus the viewer's attention and separate the subject from the background.
  12. For this image I went with a mild vignette. I do agree with the others that it really depends on the image. For this one it really makes the lion almost seem to extend out of the photograph.
  13. Ann_JS


    Feb 18, 2015
    New York State
    I prefer to make any changes of tone and blurring on a duplicated Background layer so that it radiates, or graduates, from behind the main subject and is not painted-in around the subject like a vignette would be. Vignettes have a way of looking too obvious and unnatural.
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