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Live View

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 29 October 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

LIVE VIEW - If your camera has Live View, be sure to use it for your close-up and macro work. You can select the area that you especially want to be sharp and then you can zoom way in and manually get your focus tack sharp. It is an amazing benefit of this feature. There is a worthwhile article on Live View for doing landscape photography in the November issue of "Popular Photography." Two additional plusses of LV are 1. it's great for checking depth of field, and 2. it shows everything that is in the frame (this is a definite help when using a D700). (Please note: whenever you see 157mm in the EXIF data for a shot taken with my D300, the actual lens is Nikon's incredible 105mm f/2.8 macro lens. If I had been using my D700, it would have said 105mm. I never cease to be blown away by the quality of the photographs that this lens produces.)

NIKON D300 1/200 second F/8.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

brilliant and so crystal clear

29 Oct 2009 5:30am

@jamesy: Hi Debbie. Thanks. Where have you been? Have missed you on Am3.

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Great "a-live" and "live-ly" shot with beautiful bokeh ! ;-)

29 Oct 2009 6:39am

@Dulcie: Thanks.

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

I have used Live View alot for my landscape shots. Another benefit to using LiveView is seeing immediate change when you use different WB setting. Absolutely useful :)

29 Oct 2009 7:01am

@Nicholas: Thanks, Nicholas. I read that about LV and WB.

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Brilliant shot,so vivid !!

29 Oct 2009 7:01am

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Thank you.

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

Very nice shot. The color difference blows out the flower in focus.

29 Oct 2009 7:18am

@Xerophytes: Thank you.

Shailaja from Banglore, India

Wonderful, clear shot!

29 Oct 2009 7:22am

@Shailaja: Thank you. You have some very fine close-up work on your site. Also glad to see that for you, photography is a passion; there is no substitute for passion.

Bill from Pacific Northwest, United States

Wonderful image. Thanks for the info re live view--very helpful.

29 Oct 2009 7:41am

@Bill: Thanks, Bill. For anything where you have some time, LV is dynamite. As Nicholas mentioned, you can even change the WB while in LV.

Marie from France

très jolies couleurs dans cette composition.

29 Oct 2009 7:52am

@Marie: Merci.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Remarkable sharpness!

29 Oct 2009 8:00am

@Judy: Thanks.

Sriram from Chennai, India

Excellent shot, great details and beautiful colors.

29 Oct 2009 8:03am

@Sriram: Thank you.

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!! I've never used Live View before but will definitely start experimenting :) Great shot! I absolutely love the colours, light and dof.

29 Oct 2009 8:40am

@Anina: Thanks.

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow!! just 5 stars!!!

29 Oct 2009 8:44am

@PATRICK: Merci.

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

wow... superb colours and lighting!

29 Oct 2009 9:51am

@Sarito: Thank you.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

I still haven't used the LV on my D300. Maybe I'll figure out how to use it when the rainy season is here!
Beautiful capture of this flower, very vivid and sharp (of course!). You know there's a feature on Aminus3 that allows you to switch to the original sensor and not the 35mm equivalent (account settings).

29 Oct 2009 10:55am

@Monique: LV is very easy to use. Since I use both a D300 and a D700, I like keeping the 35mm equivalent.

MJ from Delaware, United States

beautiful.. color and focus...great detail

29 Oct 2009 11:30am

@MJ: Thanks.

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

I've not used the live view with any kind of regularity. I'm not a big fan of it, but I have to admit that I didn't spend much time with it so perhaps I should give it a second thought.

29 Oct 2009 12:30pm

@Laurie: It definitely is worth trying.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Nice crisp detail of this intricate flower formation. Thank you for that tip on live view! I have trouble sometimes focusing so close.

29 Oct 2009 12:33pm

@Steven: Thanks Steven. LV will transform your close-up work.

LCImagery from Oregon, United States

Very informative advice on the live view. I have not used it yet on my D300. I definitely will give it it try. Beautiful Image that is tack sharp!

29 Oct 2009 12:33pm

@LCImagery: Thanks, Lori. LV will transform your close-up work.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

How beautiful! Thanks for sharing Jack...and they're still around, tough little beauties aren't they ;)

29 Oct 2009 12:53pm

@Lorraine: Thanks.

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

Excellent detail and color, Jack! Thanks for the tips on LV, don't have it yet... but thinking about upgrading.

29 Oct 2009 12:56pm

@Betty: Thanks.

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States


29 Oct 2009 1:55pm

@Onlymehdi: Thanks.

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Excellent macro.

29 Oct 2009 1:58pm

@Luca Bobbiesi: Thank you.

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Amazing macro, thanks for the info!

29 Oct 2009 2:41pm

@Elena Kotrotsou: Thanks. And, you're welcome.

ghetu from Mumbai, India

thank you very much for the tips.

29 Oct 2009 2:59pm

@ghetu: You are welcome.

Barbara from Florida, United States

Brilliant and vivd, 3D quality. Outstanding shot, Jack.
Great tip/info regarding Live View.

29 Oct 2009 3:12pm

@Barbara: Thanks, Barb.

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

sharp image in vivid colors - bravo!

29 Oct 2009 3:16pm

@dabbler: Thank you.

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Comme si elle venait vers nous... superbe

29 Oct 2009 3:31pm

@Sof: Merci.

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

stunning work -- brilliant color!! you must be sad that the cold is closing in!!! i am a little bit -- but i am also looking forward to living through my first snowy winter in 7 years!!! :)

29 Oct 2009 4:18pm

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks, dj. Norway to NY; quite a jump.

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

It is really sharp..thanks for the info...I;m not sure my lowly camera has it though! Lovely colours!

29 Oct 2009 4:48pm

@MrsAmber: Thanks. Kate, I did a Google search on your camera; it doesn't seem to have anything equivalent to Live View.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

very nice macro flower ,jack ,great quality the 105 mm nikor macro lens !
friendships !

29 Oct 2009 5:37pm

@marc battault: Merci. Yep, outstanding quality.

k@ from Paris, France

Thanks a lot for the explanation, Jack, one day I'd love to buy a macro lens and since I got a (tiny) Nikon (D90) I guess it's the best choice, that 105 (but quite expensive if I'm right ?). You prove with this oh-so bright shot the incredible details in its sharpness, and thks for advicing the Live View too (I'll remember when I stop the human macro I'm in :) My fav bugs & flowers remain people but who knows ? ;) Have a nice day*

29 Oct 2009 6:11pm

@k@: Your D90 has one-touch Live View which is way nicer than what is on either the D300 or the D700. LV is great for landscape photography. If you want a particular part of your shot to be sharp, open up Live View; move the selector to where you want it to be sharp; zoom in; turn on Manual focus; and then make it sharp. LV is invaluable for creating the DOF that you desire. In other words, it's not just for macro work.

Irene from France

Stunning colors, lighting, and beautiful details indeed !

29 Oct 2009 7:13pm

@Irene: Merci.

Macrobaby from Vancouver, Canada

Such brilliant color and such delicate petals. What wonderful contrasts nature provides. Beautiful shot.

29 Oct 2009 8:48pm

@Macrobaby: Thank you.

Mhélène from Paris, France

Such beauctiful colors and light and a great composition ! A superb photo !

29 Oct 2009 8:54pm

@Mhélène: Merci.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Such a beautiful image full of colour and life. It's like there are little stars falling from each of the outter petals. This is wonderful, Jack.

29 Oct 2009 8:56pm

@bluechameleon: Thanks, Sharon.

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

beautiful! I absolutely love the color :)

29 Oct 2009 9:20pm

@bekkah: Thank you.

Yvon from Orleans, France

wow, terrefic macro
beautiful shot

29 Oct 2009 9:26pm

@Yvon: Merci.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful composition and color.

29 Oct 2009 10:16pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks.

k@ from Paris, France

Thanks a lot for your advice, Jack. I very rarely use it but you give me the feeling to give it a try. Thank you for your generosity, the thing I prefer on Am3 and I already learnt a lot, that's real cool ~ 

29 Oct 2009 10:17pm

@k@: If you really want something sharp in your image, Karine, this is the way to get out.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Wow, exquisite shot Jack!! 5 stars!!!

29 Oct 2009 10:54pm

@Susan: Many thanks.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful shot and lovely flower - like little shooting stars.

29 Oct 2009 11:03pm

@B. Thomas: Thanks, Barb.

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful flower and bokeh behind. Well done!

29 Oct 2009 11:41pm

@akarui: Thank you.

Veronelle from Lens, France

beautifull flower, great pink colours

29 Oct 2009 11:57pm

@Veronelle: Merci.

Fliss from Melbourne Beach, United States

Such a pretty flower... love the colour

30 Oct 2009 12:12am

@Fliss: Thank you. (Go Gators; stick it to Georgia!)

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

una luz y color excelentes!

30 Oct 2009 1:19am

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Re: LR 3 comment. It's the new demosaicing engine. Sweet. Also if you open a LR 2 file with NR edits, the Luminance slider is also available in LR 3.

30 Oct 2009 1:19am

@ordinaryimages: Yep; it noticed that.

Ajay from Pune, India

You and only you can find so many varieties of flowers. And present them so beautifully.

30 Oct 2009 1:25am

@Ajay: Thanks, Ajay. I do love flowers.

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great, bright detail. Very nice.

30 Oct 2009 1:26am

@jeff (aka dogilicious): Thanks, Jeff.

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Excellent shot, nice DOF. I also have the 105mm micro VR lens. I like it

30 Oct 2009 2:40am

@PD: Thanks.

Bill Brown from California, United States

Fantastic macro capture!

30 Oct 2009 4:26am

@Bill Brown: Thanks, Bill.

Michael Rawluk ht from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a gorgeous piece of plant life.

30 Oct 2009 4:52am

@Michael Rawluk ht: Thanks, Michael.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Amazing clarity and fantastic colour

1 Nov 2009 2:06am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Lovely light and color....

1 Nov 2009 6:50am