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Shadow in the image

If you see a shadow in the lower part of your image when shooting with the built-in flash, it's probably the shadow of your lens hood.

Try removing the lens hood. If that doesn't work, perhaps the lens is too long/big: consult your manual: the manual should tell you which lenses cause shadows. Otherwise, try using a shoe-mount flash or off-camera flash.

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How to overlay picture in D40x camera


Overlaying pictures, like almost all photo manipulations, is better done on a computer using "real" software rather than on a camera. You get much more control on a computer. However, the D40 does have a wide repertoire of photo manipulation capabilities.

In order to overlay images, you must be shooting in RAW (or RAW+JPEG). Select Image Overlay from the Retouch menu. A preview dialog will be displayed with Image 1 highlighted. Press OK to get a photo selection dialog. Use left/right to highlight the first picture in the overlay. (You can press and hold the Zoom button to see the selected photo fullscreen.) Press OK to select the image. Optimize exposure for the image by pressing up/down. Press left/right to highlight Image 2. Select the second image the same way. Press left/right to highlight the Preview column. Overlay will show you the result, allowing you to go back and change things if you wish. Save will save the overlaid photo.

The shadow in the lower portion of your camera is probably caused by the lens hood. The solution is simple: remove the lens hood whenever you're using the built-in flash.

Mar 05, 2010 | Nikon D40x Digital Camera

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shadow on bottom of picture when I use a flash and 12 mm lens


Are you using a lens hood? That could create the shadow.

Nov 11, 2009 | Nikon D70s Digital Camera

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canon efs17-85mm image stabilizer lens


This is called "vignetting". To me it sounds like your lens hood isn't mounted correctly. If you don't turn it on all the way, exactly this will happen, because the longer "leaves" on the hood shadows the edges of the frame.
So, try to turnt the hood all the way on. You might have to use a little bit of force, as the hoods can be hard to turn sometimes.
Hope this helps!
/Chris

Jul 09, 2008 | Canon EF-S 17-85MM F/4-5.6 IS USM Lens

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shadow on image


The camera has a main mirror that you see with the lens off and a sub-mirror underneath the main one. It may be the sub-mirror is not flipping up completely when you take a picture. It could be off its hinges or damaged. Any good camera repairman in your area should be able to confirm this

Dec 26, 2007 | Nikon D80 Digital Camera with 18-135mm...

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Shadow on image when using built-in Speedlight


The built-in Speedlight on many Nikon cameras is designed to be a convenient way to either light up a dark subject or to add fill light to a daytime scene. The built-in Speedlight cannot replace a full size, external speedlight which should be used when more power or coverage are needed. Because the built-in Speedlight is compact and close to the camera it cannot be used under all conditions. When using a lens that is physically very long, a subject that is very close, or a wide lens hood it is possible that a shadow may be cast upon the subject. Notice, in the sample below, the round shadow in the bottom center of the photo. When the lens is too long or the coverage is too wide with a close subject a shadow of the lens itself is cast. In figure "A" below the lens is casting a shadow. Switching (or zooming) to a shorter lens (figure "B") prevents the shadow and allows even illumination. If your lens, subject, or lens hood choice create a shadow, an external flash (either on the camera's hot-shoe or connected to the camera by a wire or wirelessly) should be used to fully light the subject.

Aug 30, 2005 | Nikon D70 Digital Camera with 18-50mm Lens

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