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Old 02-07-2005, 01:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been told by a friend of mine that when you preview an image on the back of a digital camera using the LCD, that you should keep the camera horizontal. In other words, if you shoot a vertical photo, and then you look at it on the LCD (assuming you do not have the camera set to rotate the image), you will be seeing the photo sideways. Now, I was told this is the way to preview it, and that if I turn the camera vertically to view the image right side up, the exposure will not look correctly. I know you should look at the histogram to judge exposure, but I am just wondering if this if correct, and if so, why? Why would it make a difference, or would it, to view the image with the LCD being horizontal verses it being vertical? In case it matters, I shoot with a Canon 10d, and the friend who told me this shoots with a Fuji S2. Thanks.
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Old 02-07-2005, 01:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have never heard of Horizontal or Vertical effecting the LCD display, BUT if you tilt it at an angle, it will definitely change the image you see on the LCD.

If you are worried about it, simply turn on the auto-rotate feature. (I think the 10d has this.) [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Old 02-07-2005, 02:27 AM   #3 (permalink)
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After about 30,000 pictures on a D1x and a few dozen each on a D100, D2h, & 20D, I feel safe in saying this is incorrect.

That said, LCDs are almost NEVER accurate. Some are closer than others, but their exposure and especially colors tend to shift as they age an to a lesser degree based on temperature. Don't trust them!
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It's amazing what stories get invented. I have an S2 and there's no problem looking at the images ether orientation. However, as I think everyone else has said, the LCD is NOT 100% accurate for viewing the final exposure. If you really need to see the exposure do a quick download to a laptop with a good screen.

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Old 02-07-2005, 01:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The LCDs are not very trust worthy no matter how you turn the camera. You can't really judge very much from them other than basic framing and whether you are somewhere in the ballpark. That's why the histogram is there. Once you get fairly good at reading a histogram, you'll find you can make some very valid judgments from looking at it. If you have a gray card, or even better a black/gray/white card, and can photograph it full frame in any new lighting set, then you can exactly judge whether you have your exposure right on and whether you are clipping highlights or shadows. I carry a little 14" fold up reflector with the black/gray/white surface and try to put it into at least one shot in each lighting session. Works like a champ and when you process the photos later it lets you make sure you have exact color balance (using curves).
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Yea, it sounded weird, but funny enough, I thought it sounded plausable. Somewhat like how when you tilt the camera forward or backward the LCD looks brighter or darker, I figured he meant turning it sideways affected how the screen/exposure looked.

I suppose it's best I count on the histogram for exposure rather than the LCD anyway. Thanks for all the help.
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That's why I use an Epson P-2000 when previewing my images.
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I like that Epson P2000, but I read that it can't handle images over 8 megapixels, and since I've been saving for a Canon 1ds Mark II, it wouldn't be able to view the images off it, or even the 1d Mark II. Am I misinformed, or is that accurate? I really wantef to get one of those, since I don't have a laptop to bring with me to photo shoots to dump images off. I'll have to break down and get a laptop soon too. Man, I thought digital was supposed to be cheaper than film!
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