DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that photos also exude feelings and ideas? In photographic psychology, the technique called ‘vignetting’ works more than just making a photo look like a vintage one. It also brings an emotional impact. Vignetting is the process of reducing an image’s clarity at the periphery and putting emphasis on the center of the image. To imagine it clearer, get an old photo album, observe how the images appear—they seem to have darker corners, or washed out colors, or faded edges, and sometimes it creates a rounded image. The reason behind this is light falloff around the lenses of vintage cameras. It used to be a natural occurrence due to the angle at which the light hits the camera lens. This is actually an optical limitation with old cameras and low-end DSLRs. Recently, people started to do it digitally and purposely to enhance some photographs and add a powerful impact. Intentional vignetting means adding the effect during the editing stage. You can use it for that antique look, along with sepia tone. These vintage filters for photos and videos are available for iPhones and Android phones. You can also research and download what you deem the best photo editing apps for selfies and photos.
Going back to the feelings this photo effect exudes, dark vignetting creates a sensation of looking in or out through a peeping hole, window, or some kind of tunnel. Some relate this feeling to voyeurism and peeping and can be quite strong. In cinematography, it is being utilized to show a point of view (POV) of a person who is losing consciousness. White vignetting, on the other hand, gives a light, airy and ethereal mood, as if in a dream. This technique is usually used in wedding photographs. In the event that you would like to pull off a vintage-themed photo shoot, finish it up by using photo editing apps and post-processing software that offers film-grain effect (a lot of apps in the web offer this kind of feature), low-contrast settings, yellow-tint, and of course, vignetting. Surely, your photos will bring nostalgia to anyone who would look at it.