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Using the viewfinder and heads up display can dramatically increase your 'good photo' vs 'bad photo' percentage.  Instead of fumbling around with the menus in the back of the camera or the top display you should be using the HUD (heads up display) in the viewfinder ALL THE TIME.  It provides the major settings and functions of your camera at a glance, without having to take the camera away from your eye!

Your camera may (or will) differ from this layout of the Nikon D3s.  That's ok, just grab your owners manual or download it from your camera manufacturer's website and take a look.  I promise, using these functions will give you a big advantage especially for sports or candid/photojournalistic photography.

BTW, stick around the last segment of the video to make sure you are holding your DSLR the RIGHT WAY.

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0 # Jay Callaghan 2011-09-29 14:51
Great video Greg. Now you are making me examine how I hold my camera as well. Will take a look at that tonight when I get home.

Keep up the great work.
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0 # Ved Prakash Upadhyay 2011-09-29 18:54
great stuff, great info, great tip, good assignment. lots of new things I learnt. Not sure if I understood all of them, I'll have to get my canon and check if I understood everything like the metering, locking the focus, under and over exposure meters, I'm still very confused about these words. IF possible please do a video explaining these things. Thanks!!
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0 # chris 2011-09-29 23:51
that last bit about holding the camera the right way was very reassuring for me. i've seen some photos lately of photographers i've been following holding it the other way you mentioned, and wondered 'am i holding my camera the wrong way?' it just feels natural holding it the way you said is right, and i don't know how people end up the other way around.
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0 # Jay Callaghan 2011-09-30 00:49
just checked and I was doing the hold right :) Tried the wrong way and it just felt weird - not sure how others could do that.
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+2 # Tomás LFR 2011-10-02 06:52
Hi Greg, thanks for the vídeos first!
I only wanted to say that in the lower end Nikon like D3100 you can program the Fn button, so that when you press it and with the help of the dial you can change the ISO without getting the eye away from the viewfinder. only wanted you to know that for further vídeos, maybe its interesting.
Again, many thanks for all this interesting stuff.
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0 # Glenn 2011-10-05 11:37
Hi Greg,

Another great video!!! about a video on using manual focus for macro photography...k eep up the great work.
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0 # Noddy. Merseyside 2012-09-06 12:14
Thanks Greg,

Fantastic videos,

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