In days of old, when knights were bold and story’s begin like that. Well, not quite that far back, your average camera didn’t have a natty little screen to see what you have just taken. That’s unless you had a Polaroid camera and were happy to wave a very expensive piece of photo paper in the air until and image appeared.
Well the new digital cameras have changed all that and you can now see what you have taken within seconds. However, this image does more than just show you what you have just recorded and here are a few ways to use the LCD screen
View the composition of your image
This defiantly is a great help. We have all taken photographs of people with trees coming out of their heads so it’s a good way to check your image before moving onto the next subject. Believe me, checking the image (known as Chipmming) is a lot easier than trying to photoshop anything out of the image.
Checking the composition is more than looking for trees poking out of people’s heads, there is the “Rule of Thirds” technique to think of. Most digital cameras have a grid overlay which helps but more details about the Rule of Thirds in future blogs.
As a focus check
Checking the focus of your image is easy with the LCD screen. You may have to zoom in a little to check any small areas but this is no great problem. Modern digital cameras will have a variety of ways to do this, so trial and error is the way forward. If all else fails, just read the instructions.
As technology is always improving, the auto focus lenses are improving as well, thus the problems with blurred photographs will be reducing as times move on.
Check the exposure
Your LCD screen is terrific at allowing you to make sure the exposure is correct. It’s quick and gives you the assurance that all is OK. This is particularly helpful if your camera have a histogram function. Check the manual for details.
The histogram is like a vertical bar graph detailing the images dark-to-light areas. It should look like an elongated U shape. This means that there are some dark and light areas, but the centre section will be of a medium exposure. Again, trial and error seems to be the name of the game.
As you can see, there are at least three good reasons to use the LCD screen. Or indeed, just use it to show your partner what a wonderful photographer you are.
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