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    4 ways Live View can improve your photography

    | Photography Tips | 10/08/2014 00:01am
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    Your camera’s Live View feature is a powerful tool, and in this tutorial we show you four simple ways that using Live View can improve your photography.

    4 ways Live View can improve your photography

    Live View mode allows you to view a live image on your camera’s rear display much in the same way as you can with most compact cameras and smartphones.

    Live View is now widely used by many photographers – and not just for shooting movies. There’s a lot more to Live View than you may think.

    While you won’t want to dismiss the viewfinder altogether, Live View offers some handy benefits. Here are my top four reasons why you should consider flicking the switch to make good use of the Live View mode on your camera.

    How to use Live View more effectively: composition

    How to use Live View more effectively: composition

    It may sound odd to suggest that using Live View can help composition, but stepping back and viewing the image on the LCD really makes a difference. It’s useful for checking for distractions around the edges of the frame. The ‘thirds’ grid display is a great compositional aid.

    SEE MORE: The 10 Rules of Photo Composition (and why they work)

    How to use Live View more effectively: close-ups

    How to use Live View more effectively: close-ups

    Live View is perfect for shooting macro: on most cameras, the image can be magnified up to 10 times, allowing you to focus precisely. Focus manually, then magnify the image to the part of the subject you want sharp. Fine-tune the focus in Live View and magnify further if necessary.

    How to use Live View more effectively: landscapes

    How to use Live View more effectively: landscapes

    Live View has two roles to play when shooting landscapes. Its magnify feature helps you focus on the right spot in a scene, which is helpful for optimising depth of field. Also, there are no mirror vibrations as you fire as the mirror is locked up, ensuring sharper pictures.

    SEE MORE: 10 quick landscape photography tips

    How to use Live View more effectively: shooting angles

    How to use Live View more effectively: shooting angles

    Sometimes it’s good to shoot from an unusual angle, but it may not always be possible to see through the viewfinder. Live View comes to the rescue, allowing you to compose and focus the shot by viewing the image on the LCD. It’s great for ground level shots.

    SEE MORE: Camera angles – 5 ways to add impact with unusual perspectives

    Final Tip
    Your camera’s Live View mode uses lots of power, so make sure you start your shoot with a full battery and take a spare as back-up.

    READ MORE

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