D-SLR “Live” View; It’s Not Just For Point & Shoots Anymore Page 2
Live View’s real advantage to pros and weekend warriors, especially wedding photographers, is in its real-time monitoring of white balance. When shooting inside (with permission) Old San Juan’s Christ Chapel with pal and Shutterbug contributor Peter Burian, I was able to get the proper color balance for the tricky lighting inside the church because of the instant feedback provided by the Live View image on the Olympus E-3’s screen.
Canon’s EOS-1Ds Mark III allows you to superimpose a “Rule of Thirds” grid on the screen during Live View mode, making composition as precise as you want—or maybe need—as in the case of architectural photographers. Because the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III must be shifted into Manual Focus mode in Live View mode, it becomes a virtual view camera along with all of the image quality previously possible with high-end digital backs. If you want even more control, including the swings and tilts beloved of view camera users, you can add a Horseman (www.horsemanusa.com) LD View Camera with SLR Adapter $1999.
Some Live View cameras allow you to lock the mirror in the up position, making it especially helpful for focusing on close-up subjects and providing the freedom of manual focus control. Most Live View cameras also allow you to enlarge a selected section by up to 10x to ensure focusing accuracy that is so critical in macro photography.
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