It’s that question that always seems to pop up, how do you get your photos too look a certain way? How do you make your photos so sharp? What are you using/doing to ensure your photos are in focus? Well, one way is with Live View Mode
What is Live View Mode?
Live View Mode is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of casting the image of what you’re seeing through the Optical Viewfinder, it’s being cast through your LCD Screen. Making what you see a Live View Image. There are a range of reasons why I love shooting with Live View so here we go
Live View Mode: 5 Things I Love About it
- Expanded Focus Areas
- Tap to Focus
Expanded Focus Areas
Some cameras like my Nikon D750 have limited focus or clustered focus points when using the optical viewfinder. When my Live View is activated I’m able to expand the boundaries and precisely focus on my subject if it does lie outside my focus point area. Instead of being constricted to a small zone, I have a whole screen of focus points to choose from.
This is my favorite and most used feature of Live View Mode. Find your subject and zoom in to your desired magnification. From there its a matter of focusing manually or letting AF play its role. This is where you will really start getting your photos tack sharp. The easiest way to know if your subject is in focus (Nikon users and pretty sure most other camera system) is if you see a green ring around the subject. IF it’s red, the subject isn’t in focus and you will have to continue to keep hunting for it.
For me, composing on the LCD screen is far easier than the viewfinder, primarily for landscapes. Keeping your eye off the camera itself allows you eye to find a more natural composition that you can translate into the LCD. This won’t make your image sharper but it can assist in making a better shot.
Tap to Focus
Most of the newer cameras to date are equipped with tap to focus. Simply touch the screen on your subject and lickity split your subject is in focus. My camera doesn’t have the Tap to Focus feature but other cameras I love to shoot with (Fujifilm XT20/30) offer this and I love it. Also a great feature for people with shaky hands.
Using Live View Mode widens your ability to shoot otherwise hard or impossible shots. For example fire up the camera and hang your camera blindly over a fence and hope for the best is a surefire way for a blur. Activate the LCD and see what you’re shooting. Other examples, Puddles or just putting the camera in a lower slot.
Do you shoot with Live View Mode? Do you utilize any of these tips to help get clearer and sharper images? Let me know and if there is anything else that could be added to the list, drop it in the comments below!
More than Live View Mode
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