Do’s and Don’ts of using Live View
Do shoot still life
Use Live View to shoot still life photography setups. As you’re not against the clock, you have the time to mount your camera to a tripod and use the feature to carefully compose your shot. If shooting by hand, however, it’s usually best to use the optical viewfinder.
Do capture movies
Use Live View to shoot movies – well, you have no other option as the camera automatically engages the feature, displaying the image on the screen and blocking the viewfinder from use. It can be tricky in bright light to see the screen, so head into the camera’s main setup menu to adjust the LCD screen’s brightness.
Do use the grid
Live View is brilliant for composing precisely. You get a full 100% view of what you’re about to capture, plus there are optional overlay grids that can help you adhere to the rule of thirds for better compositions. Head to the main menu and, under the red camera settings, look for ‘Grid Display’ and select ‘Grid 1’ from the options.
Do check the exposure
Do use the Live View feature to help you check your exposure. Unlike the viewfinder, Live View will adjust the brightness and darkness of the scene to reflect the exposure settings. You can even view the histogram before the picture is actually taken.
Do shoot from tricky angles
Live View is great for shooting from up high, down low, or facing the camera (where it would be impossible to see the image through the viewfinder), particularly if your DSLR has a vari-angle LCD or can display the Live View image on a tablet or smartphone via Wi-Fi.
Do focus manually
Although autofocus is very precise in Live View, you can ensure the important parts of the image are razor-sharp if you focus manually. Switch your lens to the manual focus (MF) setting, move the focus box to an important element, press the zoom button for a 5x and 10x view, and adjust the focus ring until the image becomes sharp.
Do engage in low light
It can be tricky to see anything through the viewfinder when the light drops, and so switching to Live View is a handy way of seeing in the dark, as the picture is boosted to give an approximation of how the image will turn out when the exposure is taken into account.
Don’t shoot portraits
For portraits, you’ll find you have much more control over your camera if you hold it up to your eye and use the optical viewfinder, this enables you to react to your subject. It’s much harder to keep the camera steady when holding it right out in front of you.
Don’t drain the battery
Avoid using Live View when your battery is low as the feature will drain the life of your camera’s battery much quicker that when using the viewfinder. If you plan on using Live View extensively on a shoot, then bring along a spare battery or two.
Don’t shoot action
Live View is best avoided when photographing movement. Autofocus in Live View is considerably slower compared to shooting through the viewfinder. Therefore we’d recommend sticking to the viewfinder for high-speed shooting.
Posted on April 10, 2015 at 4:45 am