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Lightroom: Vignetting in Lens Corrections

Post 26
Series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®

Movie Day

Today we are trying some different instruction: We will see a very short movie. I find pictures and movies helpful for different things, and some times I have a preference depending on my needs. Most important to me when I’m learning something is that I get my information quickly and easily. Today’s few-second-long movie clip should help us do just that.

Sweet Little Vignette

Lens Vignetting(pronounced vin-yet) is where a dark edge appears on your image.  This “light falloff” occurs commonly in photography. To learn more about vignetting, what it is, what causes it, what it looks like in different lenses, and when and how to use it artificially, there is a great article at

Under Lens Corrections, you have the option to use the Lens Vignettingtool. This is quick add-or-remove access to a vignette. Use this tool to correct and compensate for your lens vignette, or add the vignette for image effect. Adjust the Midpoint to take the vignette closer to the center (-) or futher away from the center (+).

Lightroom / Develop Module / Lens Corrections / Lens Vignetting Tool

Penny For Your Thoughts?
What is your preference? Do you like written instructions with images like past posts? Maybe movie demos are your thing, or movies with instructions via sound? Or a mix? Would be great to hear back from you!

Next Post: Lightroom Develop Effects

These posts are part of a series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®
Jennifer Apffel is a photographer with over a decade of experience in portrait, event, and product photography. She also does freelance graphic design and fine art. For more check out, or look for her on

Protecting Your Memories

What do you do with the hundreds/thousands of digital photographs taking up space on your very vulnerable computer?  How do you organize them so that you can find them when you need them?

Let’s keep this simple. Because simple is good and makes it much more likely that you’ll actually DO it!  Here are 4 EASY steps to get those memories protected. (and free up some valuable hard drive space.  BONUS!)


1.    Hunt and Gather

a.    WHERE are your pictures?  Still on your camera? On your computer? Still on the memory card in the bottom of your purse? Photo-sharing website maybe? Bringing all of your photos together in one place will help with the next step.

2.    Make Some Hard Choices

a.    Digital photography makes it too easy to take a bazillion pictures.  Sometimes multiples of the SAME PICTURE.  It can get out of control pretty quickly.  Set aside some time to go through your pics and get rid of duplicates, blinks, blurs, and blanks.

3.    Organize (I know, bad word!)

a.    Be aware that this will take more time than any other step.

b.    Be aware that spending time on this step is SO worth it!

c.    This step is going to be different for everyone.  Your categories will mean something to you and may not mean anything to anyone else.  It’s okay.  Some people have folders for each child and a sub-folder for each month/year/milestone for each child.  If you don’t take a lot of pictures (liar) you may just want to create a folder for each year.

d.    Give each photo a descriptive name.  Get rid of the IMG_2384 label.  How do you know which picture that is without having to open it?  Try file names like: mallory11bday1.  I like to keep files I need to get to often on my desktop.  Other folders go to the “My Picture” file.

4.    Back Up!  Make Copies!  Do It!!!

a.    If you skip this step you might as well skip all the others!

b.    Burn a CD/DVD and label them.  Even better, make two copies and send one to your mom or a friend or relative. 

c.    Use an external hard drive.  This can be a flash drive or a desktop drive.

d.    Make prints of your favorites.  GET THEM ON THE WALL!

COMPUTERS CRASH ALL THE TIME!  Make sure that when (not if) yours does you still have your memories.

The Importance Of Self Portraits

Let's face it.  Once we are no longer in our teens, not many of us enjoy being in photographs.  I've made a living out of being BEHIND the camera.  So why then am I writing a blog post on being IN the picture?  For future generations.

When my girls look at the pictures I have taken over the years they do not see many with me in them.  They find lots of pictures of themselves and plenty with their dad.  But where is mom?  Surely she was present for all of those events and special moments.  Of course she was.  Right there behind the lens. 

We all have plenty of reasons to not want to be in front of the camera.  No make-up, hair's not done, still have a few pounds to lose, really not dressed for it...blah blah, blah.  If we used the same criteria for our kids we would never take their picture either.  But if you really think about it, our family does not care one bit about those things.  They love us for who we are and they want to remember the moment with us there, in the photo with them.

It can be hard to hand the camera over to someone else when we have our technique just so.  But for crying out loud, give the camera to Dad every once in a while.  Who cares if the focus is a bit off?  Well, you probably do, but you need to learn to let it go.  It is far more important that your children be able to look back someday and see a family in the family photos.  Not just a bunch of pictures of themselves with no parents in sight. 

 Learn to use your timer.  A tripod is also helpful but not necessary.  You can always find a bucket or box or something else sturdy enough to hold your camera still so that the whole family can be in the picture together.  Make sure to take at least one group shot with everyone in it at every event.

And my favorite idea...let your kids take pictures of you for a change.  It's fun to see yourself from their point of view.  They will LOVE being the photographer and I promise that you won't care in that moment what your hair looks like.  The memories of these reverse photo shoots will be some of your very favorites.

Lightroom: Lens Corrections & Manual

Post 25
Series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®

Ready For A Good Time?

That is, with Lightroom, of course. Let's test what the Manual section of Lightroom's Lens Corrections does. In the Lightroom Develop Module, open the Lens Correctionoptions by clicking on the arrow to the right, then select the Manual tab. Here you see Transform with these options underneath, accompanied by sliders:

Distortion, Vertical, Horizontal, Rotate, Scale, and Aspect

Here is what they do:

- Distortion



+ Vertical

- Horizontal

+ Horizontal

- Rotate

+ Rotate

- Scale

+ Scale

- Aspect

+ Aspect

 Crop & Chop

Under your Lightroom Transform options, you will see a box next to Constrain Crop. If you are left with white space around the edges after your desired manual corrections have been made, click this box. Your image will be cropped to eliminate that unwanted white space.

Under Constrain Crop is a little section for Lens Vignetting. We will cover this next time, because they go hand in hand.

Now, I had a blast playing with this. You? And I actually get to use this for work. Score!


Next Post: Lightroom Vignetting in Lens Corrections

These posts are part of a series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®

Jennifer Apffel is a photographer with over a decade of experience in portrait, event, and product photography. She also does freelance graphic design and fine art. For more check out, or look for her on

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