With this practice, surely you’ll lose many opportunities to take beautiful photographs, that is why looking at the screen of DSLR is wrong. Indeed, it is a common practice among the beginners and Sunday Photographers to spend too much time looking at every single shot on the display. You can guess, there is at least a part of the photographers community who look bad to the excessive use of the camera display. Of course, there are the extremists who condemn even the slightest use of the screen to verify the quality of our shots.
As always, the extremes are wrong, but actually there are contraindications to continually look at the camera screen. At the same time, it is a powerful tool in the hands of the digital photographer and that must never be wasted. In this article we will explain how the display is useful and how to use it to make better photographs.
When the Camera Screen is Useful
From an artistic point of view, your ability to create photos that express yourself also depends on how you are involved in the creation, with eyes that watch the scene being photographed and hands that control the camera. The constant interruptions in your concentration can not do anything but break the necessary attention to the creative activity. So, the first thing to realize is that you should try to minimize the time you lose to look at the camera monitor. That is said, there are several moments that are worth a watch at the screen :
- Checking the exposure : Camera screen is used to verify the correctness of the exposure. In fact, the brightness and the small size of this screen do not provide an effective assessment. In addition, the open, sun’s reflection makes it impossible a good verification.
- Instead, a powerful tool at disposal on any digital camera is the histogram.
- In broad terms, the screen can also evaluate the composition. Obviously, you can not have a detailed verification, but be able to have an overall impression.
- When the risk of wrong focus is present – like in Portraits, in the macro or with moving subjects. But do not look at normal magnification, scroll the picture in order to carefully evaluate the area you want in focus. So you will save a lot of shots.