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Problem- head shadow on flash shots taken in auto

When I take shots in the auto mode on my Nikon D40X there is a shadow that looks like the outline of a head in my pictures

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  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2008

    I have the same problem and have not been able to determine the cause. HELP please.

  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2008

    I have the same problem, but i don't have the hood on. The shadow still remains

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Another problem is that I have two filters on my lens. I have the UV and the Polarization. If you have both, you can get a vinieting effect.

Does it doesn't happen when you are in P mode or any other mode?

If it does, then try another lens, if it's not the lens, then reset the settings. Just a few options in troubleshooting. If you can post one of the pictures of it here, that would be great. Does it happen to just the heads/faces, or to other artifacts, like a picture of a car. and has an outline.

Posted on Feb 10, 2008

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    What is the length of your lens? The other comments leads me to believe it's the length of the lens and maybe how close the subject is to the camera. Try another lens, shorter if possible. If you've tried some things out, post them so we can continue to help get to the root of the problem.

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I had this same problem - and it was the lens hood....

Posted on Jan 10, 2008

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Is it possible that you shoot with the lens hood on?
If so, at wide angles you get a bottom shadow of the hood.

Posted on Jan 09, 2008

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