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A possible spec of dust in the lens, if it is visible from the outside, you may clean it with a regular lens cleaner

if it is not visible, check if you will be able to open it from the back casing. the check first if you have dirt before doing any cleaning

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When I take a picture with my Nikon Coolpix L100 there are shadows on the right side of the picture any suggestions.


look at the lens and ensure there is no dirt - fingerprint etc on the lens. Otherwise, it is time to visit your local camera store.

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Canon 1400 IS: When I take a picture using flash of a close up object, a shadow is cast on the lower right corner of the picture. For pictures that are not taken close up with flash, or taken from further...


It's most likely the shadow of the lens. The flash is above and to the left of the lens, so the shadow of the lens will be to the right and below.

Feb 10, 2011 | Cameras

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Shadows in top right and left hand corner of picture


If you know what you're doing - why not. Most probably something has got loose inside the lens and needs to be fixed.

May 28, 2010 | Nikon COOLPIX P80 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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When taking indoor photos, sometimes i get shadows on different placesof the photo


If you're getting shadows on the bottom center of indoor photos when take with a flash, it is most probably due to the length of the lens on the camera.

A long, telephoto / zoom lenses will create the largest amount of shadow, while shorter and wide angle lenses will be least likely cast shadows. You can reduce the amount of shadow in pictures by removing the lens hood that may be on the end of the lens. The lens hood is to primarily to shield the lens from direct (sun) light, and probably isn't needed for indoor flash photography. Also, rely less on the zoom function of the lens on the camera and physically moving closer to your subject instead. The flash will need to provide much less light output and result in more flashes per battery.

You could use a separate flash - held off the camera so that the lens is not obstructing the light of the on camera flash. Using a Nikon Speed Light, you can set the on camera flash to provide a low output, that would be used primarily to trigger a Nikon Speed Light held by someone or arranged on another surface etc. Youtube is a great source for real life, practical "How To" videos for many operations of the camera and accessories.

I hope this was helpful!

Oct 25, 2009 | Nikon D80 Digital Camera with 18-135mm...

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We just bought d90 nikon camera and we found a small half-round shadow at the bottom of the pictures taken when we dont use the zoom lens, how do we correct this?


Are these pictures taken using the built-in flash and with the hood on the lens? If so, you're seeing the shadow of the lens hood.

Remove the lens hood when using the built-in flash.

Sep 17, 2009 | Nikon D90 Digital Camera with 18-105mm...

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Grey shadow appears in the centre of every picture.


probably not something is up have you ever had direct sunlight hit the lens maybe at the beach? Or lots of heat can damage the lens you. lens replacement is just the same as getting a new camera. hoped that helped.

Jul 03, 2009 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 Digital Camera

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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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