It’s human nature to find something new and novel, then run it into the ground. We do it as kids with our toys and even as adults with our favorite songs. This also applies to photographic techniques. When you try something new and it works, the natural next step is to try it again and again until it stops working. That border can be tough to see when you’re deep in the creative process, so we have put together a few quick guidelines to help you find that limit without falling too deeply down the rabbit hole.

Important note: Before this post is inundated with comments about how we’re being too negative or suppressing creativity, I’ll make it clear that’s not the intention. It’s simply to provide some context and maybe help someone avoid looking back on their work in the future and regretting that slightly tragic “vignetting phase.” Use all of these techniques as much as you like.

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