Design & Style

Learn About the Different Types of Lens Aberrations in Photography

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 • 6 min read

In an ideal world, when a photographer shoots an object, all of its points of light would form a single point of light on the image sensor, allowing the photographer to perfectly recreate the image they see.

Unfortunately, this is impossible. Despite tremendous technological advances in photography since the early nineteenth century, photographers using the most expensive high-tech camera lenses, featuring a dozen or more elements in several groups, still contend with imperfections in their images today. As a result, they have to use post-processing to solve for these imperfections, known in photographic circles as aberrations.