A Guide To Live View

Landscape photographers often dismiss “Live View” on DSLRs as a bit of a gimmick. Things have changed, however, especially with the latest generation of DSLRs. Mike Bell is taking us through some powerful reasons for using “Live View” in landscape photography

Early DSLRs did not feature “Live View”, and, historically, SLR manufacturers always placed great emphasis on viewfinders. The viewfinder shows you exactly what you are capturing, as you are actually looking through the lens. When “Live View” began to appear on DSLRs a few years ago, cynics saw it as a ploy by camera manufacturers to lure users of compact cameras to upgrade. After all, using the LCD screen is a fundamental part of using a compact digital camera because its viewfinder (if it even has one) is usually of very limited use, and the thought was that “Live View” was just to make beginners feel more “at home”. That is a simplification, of course. The implemented features of “Live View” on a camera such as the Canon 5D Mk II or Mk III represent a...

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Mike Bell

Mike is a landscape photographer based in Perthshire, Scotland where his photographs have been used by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, Visit Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and local tourist associations.

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