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Keep Shooting! Photography Assignments (04 Feb 2013)
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Stop Chimping - Photography Quick Tip #5
I like the preview off because then the camera remains active. But it's also annoying when I want to chimp shots and see the histogram. And that's too much time to lose turning it on and off in menu via a Nikon so I usually go for leaving preview on even though I find it annoying: for me, the time to change it is less desirable than when I'm not chimping and have to depress the shutter half-way to get back to shooting mode.
I wish there was a way to program preview ON/OFF to a button, this would seem ideal. Or if there was a way to make the histogram appear in the viewfinder. The current system of chimping, I agree, costs too many good shots. But I like chimping sometimes, especially when I want to be sure all my data is to the right. So though I agree with Greg, I find it a necassary evil. I take far less pictures and walk away with a lot better quality images by checking my histogram every time I change something than just shooting blindly or off of experience.
I guess for added clarification: the reason I'm advocating chimping here is not to view the picture but the histogram and the way I shoot is way too fast to not chimp. I'll take maybe 1-2 shots before I change things, be they comp, light, settings or a combo of the 3. So the histogram is what I rely on to ensure that my changes are correct because, due to Greg;s wonderful post about why it is important to get correct exposure every time, I find that I do far less stuff to my pics in post when the exposure is correct and it results in a lot higher quality images (less grain, sharper, richer, etc.)
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