A beginner’s tip: the viewfinder, and why to use it.
DSLR camera, and some point and shoots, have a viewfinder. And it is a good idea to use that, and not the display ion the back. Here’s why.
- Any viewfinder can be seen even when it is very bright outside.
- No battery power is used while you look through a traditional SLR’s (i.e., glass) viewfinder.
- You see the scene you are shooting in all its detail and richness, not an already interpreted digital version of the scene.
- Your eye, and the lens, still has higher resolution than the digital displays in “mirrorless” cameras (but not for much longer).
- The viewfinder helps steady the camera (push the camera up to your face, yes, all the way, hence the rubber bumper)
- And importantly – perhaps most important of all: the focus points on your DLSR are dedicated phase detection chips. When you flip up the mirror and use the rear screen, these are disabled, and the focus is derived from the picture itself: a slow, less accurate process.
So, for now at least, avoid the temptation to use the rear LCD unless it is necessary. Final benefit: you will look like a pro. Amateurs use the read display; pros use the viewfinder expect when necessary (i,e. when shooting over people’s heads, or when shooting some macro photos).
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