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What about Vignetting?
By Susan and Neil Silverman
There are good and bad vignettes. Bad is when the filter or lens hood of the camera is in the frame of the image and there are dark hard edges in the photo. Good vignetting is accomplished by a photo editing program, and softly and gradually shades or darkens the edges of the photo. This is very subtle and holds the viewers eyes within the image and keeps the attention on the subject.
Oftentimes, we might suggest that this be done to an image, as it can be really a fine tuning to make an image all the stronger. It was a style often used with old portraits. A good vignette will not be detected by the viewer; but it will just be one of those finishing touches that very often makes a photo jump right out.
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Welcome to the 518th issue of SnapShot!

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Photo Q&A

1: Best Lens for Grand Canyon for Pans?
I'm planning on a trip to the Grand Canyon in August. I will bring my Canon 5DII, and I want to know what lens should I take for panoramas. I have a Canon 14-70mm wide angle, but I want to get a new wide angle - the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Autofocus lens. I also have a 4L 70-200 with an extender that I could do panoramics with, then stitch. Any advice?
- Nancy Marie Ricketts
Hi Nancy,
My first choice would be the Canon 14mm L lens but it is an expensive lens. The 16-35mm and the 24-70mm will also work well. More than the glass is the angles, time of day and where the shadows are falling. A tripod and using as much DOF as your lens allows are essential, and possibly a ND or circular polarizer may help as well. It's all about the light and as Ernst Haas once said - "The most important lens you have is your legs".
my .02,
- Carlton Ward
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