Vignetting: quick fixes and how to avoid it entirely

How to correct vignetting: step 2

If the corners or edges of your images sometimes appear much darker than the rest of the frame, vignetting is probably the culprit. Vignetting is aberration that occurs when less light reaches the corners of the camera’s sensor, and in the resulting image these areas are more under-exposed (or darker) than the centre.

Vignetting: quick fixes and how to avoid it entirely

Vignetting is common with certain lenses – especially wide-angle zooms – and when using wide apertures. It can also be caused by a physical obstruction, most typically a filter, filter holder 
or ill-fitted lens hood, which prevents light from reaching the corners of the frame.

Our image before taking steps to correct vignetting

Our image before taking steps to correct vignetting

If you’re having problems with vignetting, here are some solutions.

How to correct vignetting


How to correct vignetting: step 1

Reduce the aperture
Vignetting is most apparent when shooting at wide apertures such as f/4 or f/5.6, so the easiest way to reduce it is to set a smaller aperture of, say, f/8, f/11 or f/16. But be aware that the shutter speed will become slower, so you may need to increase the ISO or use a tripod to prevent camera shake.


How to correct vignetting: step 2

Take care with filters
Wide-angle lenses are prone to vignetting, and it’s particularly noticeable with filters fitted. Use thin screw-in filters and remove UV filters. Remove filter holders and hold the filter flush against the lens instead. Avoid the widest focal length of wide-angle zooms.


How to correct vignetting: step 3

Fix vignetting in Photoshop
If you can’t avoid vignetting as you shoot, use Photoshop or other editing software to fix the problem. Shoot in raw and process in Adobe Camera Raw, using the slider in the Lens Profile Corrections panel to remove vignetting. If vignetting is bad, you may need to crop the image too.


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  • Ben

    Thank you for the clear explanation!

    Here’s a questions though: I recently moved from a crop sensor camera (Nikon D80) to a full frame camera (Nikon D610). I did not change my lenses. However, while I didn’t have vignetting problems with the D80 I started having them with the D610. I often take picture with aperture, for the focus contrast effect, and I do that with both cameras.

    Is there any significance to type of camera, or sensor, in that case, and if so – why? Thanks!