More messing around with the post crop vignette function in Lightroom 3.0. Testing the dramatic potential for punching highlights through the vignette. I’m finding that the best results (subjective I know) can be obtained by flipping between the post crop vignette and the contrast tools. In fact the PC vignette can be seen as adding even more depth to the contrast functions. In post production the technical key is to learn how the different tools work together.
(In Lightroom there are two vignette tools. The normal and the post crop vignette. The latter basically does what it says and applies the vignette in relationship to the crop – even if the cropping is applied after the vignette.)
From the photography point of view, it really does help to see past the color hues and into the tones. Nowadays practice is easy – just use the viewscreen set on monochrome and see how well you can predict the grayscale version of the image in front of you. This instant feedback loop hasn’t been available for long and the only way of really grasping the subtleties of tone previously was to learn hoe to draw with a pencil.