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Vignetting

Vignetting has a number of causes, but the end result is the same—the image is darker at the edges than in the center. You always get a stronger vignetting effect at the widest aperture of the lens. Stopping down significantly reduces this problem (see Figure 3 and Figure 4). Although vignetting is a technical problem, it's not always a creative one. The effect can enhance some images, such as portraits. Do you prefer Figure 3 or Figure 4?

Figure 3

Figure 3 I used an 85 mm lens and an aperture of f2 to take this portrait.

Figure 4

Figure 4 This is the same photo as in Figure 3, but processed with Canon's DPP software to remove the dark edges caused by vignetting (the same function is available in the camera menu on recent EOS cameras).

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