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When taking photo's with my wide angle zoom, I get circular shadows at the corner of the frames. What is this ?

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Do you have any filters attached to the lens?

Is it a Nikkor lens or a third-party?

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Have faded black corners on images (intermittent issue, doesn't happen with every photo shot). I'm sure it's user error, but I can't figure it out.


Common problem and yes no to user error. You didn't say what lens you were using but I'm going to guess it's an 18mm on the wide end AND maybe you have a UV filter on it to protect the front lens element. What you are experiencing is what is called vignette. I hope my spelling was correct. What causes this is the extreme wide angle view of the lens, actually capable of seeing the edge of the lens barrel, there is another little problem that messes with your brain, you can't see this happening until after the picture is on the computer or you have enlarged it on the camera view screen and then zoomed in on the corner(s). The reason behind this is what you see in the viewfinder is only about 94% of the total image you will get on the view screen (LCD) or see on the computer monitor. So what can you do about this? There are a few things some you won't like. While taking a full wide angle shot remove the protective or polarization filter and shoot a "Naked" lens (correct for contrast in post processing) Stop the lens down to say F8 or F11 which will use more of the center of the lens but still give you the wide angle however you don't get something for nothing. You will most likely trade off shutter speed and need to use a tripod. Make sure if you are using a VR type lens that you shut the "Vibration Reduction" off when the camera is mounted to a tripod or you'll have some more issues. What I do at the 18mm end is shoot it without a filter at F8 or F11 and in post processing crop out the corners by enlarging the photo/print slightly. I call this shooting loose relying on the 6% I don't see in the viewfinder and shoot the scene knowing I'm going to "zoom crop" in Photoshop. Hope this was a help Happy New Year

Dec 31, 2010 | Nikon D50 Digital Camera

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Someone asked me to take photos with my Nikon D90. I have the 18-105mm lens that I got with it. Is this able to take 'wide angle' photos?? I know there are special lenses made specifically for wide...


The 18-105mm lens at the 18mm end of the zoom range is a pretty fair wide-angle lens. Look through the viewfinder and turn the zoom ring (the big wide ring at the front of the lens) one way and then the other. The 105mm end is the view that looks like you're using binoculars, the 18mm end is the view that looks like you're using binoculars backward.

Oct 28, 2010 | Nikon D90 Digital Camera with 18-105mm...

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I am having trouble photographing birds. Do I use the telephoto lens or the wide angle lens? I also have a macro lens for my Canon EOS 400D SLR Also what settings do I take them at. I have a tripod but the...


Use the telephoto lens.. wide angle will tend to distort the image and provide too much detail( distraction) around the object of interest. Bird pictures become more interesting when they are mainly of the bird. So when you look through the lens, zoom up to the bird to the point where you have it nicely framed with none of its parts outside of the frame.
Capture the whole image.

Wide angle lens is mainly used for scenery or where you want to take a group photo or panorama.

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Nov 29, 2009 | Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi 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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How can you test a camera before use to be sure the flash sync is working properly.


Set camera up and aim at a blank wall. Place flash on camera, fire off test shots with camera set to flash sync speed and lens set to wide angle (eg 18 mm), ensure flash matches angle of lens. 
You will probably have to turn auto focus off, so that camera will fire, after taking photo/s use review to ensure that you have a nice even coloured piece of wall.
Any problems either with camera sync problems or flash coverage will show up in the test shots.
Camera sync, will show as part of the frame only exposed, for example you may find a horizontal line approximately 1/3 to 1/2 of frame with a proportion of the frame dark.
If you have flash "drop off" you will find the corners of your frame will be dark, you need to ensure that your flash angle specified on the flash and the focal length of the lens match.
Hope this helps Ian

Jul 21, 2009 | Cameras

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Images are round not rectangular


If you are using an accessory telephoto lens, you will need to zoom out to about midway or further in order to fill the image frame.

An accessory lens called a "fisheye" may not cover to the edges of your image. Even wide-angle accessory lenses may show vignetting (a darkening of the corners) or unsharpness in the corners of the image.

Aug 23, 2008 | Fuji FinePix E550 Digital Camera

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Pictures have a round corner shadows when using my wide angle zoom on my camera, what is this ?


Do you have any filters on the lens? If so, you might be seeing the filter rim. (round filter, rectangular picture)

If you're using a DX lens on an FX body, you also might see this.

Aug 13, 2008 | Nikon Cameras

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Shadow across photo


Shadows, especially circular shadows, are pretty common with the pop-up flash. What you are seeing is actually the shadow cast by the end of the lens. This happens especially on wider angle shots.

The solution is to find a way to get the lens out of the way of the flash. You can get an external flash, like a 430ex or 580ex, which elevates the flash far above the lens. That is an expensive option so first you might try making a diffuser for your pop up flash, which softens the source of light and helps eliminate some shadows:

http://www.diyphotography.net/diy-built-in-pop-up-flash-diffuser

http://www.flickr.com/photos/natuurplaat/10362363/

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Wide Angle Lenses


wide angle lens aka fish-eye lens, means only the centre of your photo is clearly focused - especially in long distance scenery shots.

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Shaking Photography


Here you will find the tips for taking better photos with less camera shaking. Tips 1. Composing and holding the camera with less camera shaking. For clearer images, hold the camera firmly not to cause camera shaking. 1) For maximum stability, hold the camera firmly well over the grip and keep your right elbow lightly pressed against your body. 2) Support the lens or the camera body with your left hand from below. 3) Look into the optical viewfinder as if pressing your forehead to the camera. 4) Do not stand straight, but with one foot stepping forward for taking better balance of your body. 2. Change the composing and holding the camera according to the situation for securer photographing. (Particularly when you take photos using the LCD monitor.) 1) Lean against the wall. 2) Put the camera on a fixed object like a table. 3) Ensure the camera holding by pressing the elbow against the handrail. 4) Use the tripod. 3. Move the zoom control towards wide-angle if your camera has the zoom function. Moving the zoom control towards tele-angle, camera-shaking will easily happen. If your camera has the zoom function, we advise you to take photos by zooming towards wide-angle. 4. Higher shutter speed will produce better images. Slower shutter speed may produce more possible camera-shaking. If your camera has a choice of shutter speeds, we advise you to select higher shutter speed for less camera shaking.

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