My Magic Number – Fountains Hall


One thing I always do to an image when processing, is add a vignette. But sometimes I have a tendency to go a little overboard… especially on flowers. Landscapes, however, need a subtle vignette and not a heavy one, unless you are deep into woodland and want to draw the viewers eye to the centre of the image, to the end of a path or a light source.

On saying that, sometimes it just is too hard to judge what you should be aiming for. Going back a couple of months, I watched a fantastic tip from Scott Kelby on Lightroomkillertips.com

And boy does it make a difference.

That magic number used by Scott and now me is in the Effects Panel in the Develop Module of Lightroom Classic and with Highlight Priority mode is -11.

I know I was thinking the same -11 is going to do nothing.. but believe me it does a whole lot.


On the left no vignette – On the right vignette set to -11.

Camera Settings

Camera: Canon EOS 700D
Lens: Canon EF-S10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
F/Number: f/7.1
ISO: 100
Focal Distance: 10 mm

Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec
Photograph Date: 29.08.2018
Location: Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
Photographer: Bren
Software: Adobe Lightroom Classic and On1 Photo RAW 2023


I hope this little tip helps you out… like it did me. I am using far more in my landscape photos. And now with the superb masking of Lightroom Classic and being able to select background I can darken, blur and add other adjustments, like increased exposure/contrast etc. And then add the -11 Vignette. It really is a wonderful number to remember.

Hope this helps you as it has helped me! Many thanks Scott!

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17 responses to “My Magic Number – Fountains Hall”

  1. There’s a light slider in Lightroom effects under the vignette slider that prevents light areas getting darkened. Makes a vignette more believable.

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    1. I’ll have to try that one xx

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  2. I often forget the vignette tool is available as I finish my photos. Luminar Neo does Lightroom one up with their tool. You can place the center of the vignette on your subject instead of dead center. You can also brighten the center light. I don’t use that tool quite as often, but it’s sometimes useful with portraits.

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    1. I like that about Neo. Hope Adobe had this feature soon.. as well as an amo you by slider in Color Grading.

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  3. I see what you mean. But I haven’t got Lightroom or any of those gizmos. Just what’s available on Google photos and on my computer. Perhaps I shall have to move up a gear! A great photo. Fountains Hall isn’t easy to photograph.

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      1. Thanks for the tip!

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        1. Another free editing programme is Dark table

          https://www.darktable.org/ and for Photoshop the free alternative is GImp
          https://www.gimp.org/

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          1. I really need to check these out – thanks.

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          2. XingfuMama uses Gimp and her site is full of tips re Gimp. https://xingfumama.blog/

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          3. Aw, thanks Bren x

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          4. You are welcome xx

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  4. Amazing building and you captured it well!

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  5. I’ve never tried vignette in my edits! Perhaps I should try it!

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    1. I do it to every image.. give it a go. You’ll love what it does to an image.

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