5 common lens problems (and how to solve them)

5 common lens problems: Lens flare

Lens Problem No. 4: Barrel Distortion


Problem No. 4: Barrel Distortion

The problem
Pictures look like they’ve been wrapped around a barrel, with central areas looking larger than they should be.

The solution
Rather than standing close and zooming out, step back and zoom in. You can also fix subtle distortion using Photoshop’s Lens Correction tools.

For more on how to fix this in post-processing, see our step-by-step guide to Barrel Distortion: how to correct leaning buildings in Photoshop Elements.

PROBLEM No. 1: Lens Flare
PROBLEM No. 2: Vignetting
PROBLEM No. 3: Converging Verticals
PROBLEM No. 4: Barrel Distortion
PROBLEM No. 5: Lens Diffraction


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