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Checking your camera screen too often can lead to many missed opportunities for great photos.  My suggestion is to minimize 'chimping' and turn off the auto image preview on your camera to reduce your bad habit.


Greg & his Nephew Alex

Greg & his Nephew Alex

Greg & his Nephew Alex

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0 # Martin 2012-01-03 12:13
Should I keep noise reduction off or on?
I have a Nikon D5000, 17-55mm f2.8 zoom lens.
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+2 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-01-03 15:16
NR only affects jpegs. All good #Cazillions should be shooting RAW, so don't worry about it!
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0 # Stephen Ehrlich 2012-01-03 20:34
Good suggestion, we need to start trusting the built in light meter and stop chimping.

Here is an idea if you are really concerned. Set your camera to bracket the shots. Put the camera in Aperture mode, and then shot a three shot bracket. (With -1, 0 and +1 exposure) And shoot RAW, between the extra data in RAW plus the three exposures, one of them is bound to be usable.
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-01-04 09:44
I don't suggest bracketing for any kind of portrait. Murphy's Law will definitely come into effect, the best expression will be under or overexposed.
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-1 # fiod 2012-01-04 20:09
Very bad advice Greg. Looking for LCD is necessary to check if for example, whether the image is sharp or burned. If you're shooting for the customer must be good, shrp, etc.
Your example of this photo:
It just shows how much you're wrong, it is dark, the boy looks like the devil with those black eyes and teeth, and blurry, it is not a good photo. That really is bad.
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+4 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-01-05 14:04
What did you do when you shot film? You didn't have a choice then but to rely on your equipment and how well you knew it.

You obviously missed my point which was to MINIMIZE the number of times you look at it, not to completely disregard it.
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