The great­est as­set to the dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­pher, the rear LCD, of­fers far more than im­age reviewing

Digital Photograper - - Techniques -

Other than the vast im­age-edit­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties, the in­stant pre­view of­fered by the LCD on a dig­i­tal cam­era is ar­guably the big­gest as­pect of mod­ern pho­tog­ra­phy that sets it apart from tra­di­tional film imag­ing. Al­though it may seem a rel­a­tively sim­ple as­pect of a DSLR’s anatomy, the LCD is an­other com­po­nent that pro­vides more fea­tures than are reg­u­larly used. This is not helped by the fact that many LCD func­tions are turned off when you buy your cam­era and must be ac­ti­vated man­u­ally. In dif­fi­cult shoot­ing con­di­tions, the LCD can be used to pre­cisely as­sess ex­po­sure, fo­cus and com­po­si­tion. For ex­po­sure, turn on high­light warn­ings as soon as you start us­ing your cam­era, which will rapidly dis­play ar­eas where there is high­light de­tail miss­ing from your im­age. Use this in con­junc­tion with live his­tograms to de­cide on a cor­rect ex­po­sure with con­fi­dence. Live View is a great as­set for per­fect­ing your images be­fore they are writ­ten to a mem­ory card, pro­vid­ing 100 per cent field of view – more than many viewfind­ers. Use your Info but­ton to tai­lor how many pa­ram­e­ters are dis­played at any given time.

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