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Read the histogram, not the image on the LCD. In addition to errors because of screen brightness vs ambient brightness, the image on your screen is corrected by your camera before showing it on the screen. Most cameras allow you to adjust that, to remove saturation/sharpening adjustments, but you're still trying to judge your raw image based on an "edited" ...


It is useful when making pictures from unusual positions: Overhead (e.g. in a crowd) Near the ground (without having to lay on the ground yourself) Self portraits (if the display can be flipped 180°) It can also be used to make shots from hip height without raising awareness of the subjects (they may think you are reviewing photos or changing settings, ...


Histogram is the best way to judge. How are you shooting? If you're shooting in JPEG, you should check your camera settings to see if you have the brightness turned up or contrast down or something strange like that. Assuming you're shooting in raw and opening the files in something like lightroom, then you're probably actually overexposing. Because ...


I use my camera's LiveView display only when I also need to use its tilt-feature. Otherwise the rear screen is nearly useless to me. These situations come up for example nearly every time I use a tripod, and especially when I aim the camera up towards sky (stars) and it soon becomes physically impossible for me to get a good look in the viewfinder, or even ...


This is a function of the sequential writing of images to the memory card. The camera can't write one image after the other while also generating previews and displaying them. It is not controlled by a setting. You could probably do it with tethering (connecting the camera to a computer as you shoot) but that is very situation dependent.


I find it difficult to frame a self-portrait with a flip-around LCD screen simply because, from five or ten feet away, it's so small. I may be able to roughly tell if I'm in the frame, but not always. It might help with the arms'-length selfie, but I'd rather use a lightweight phone for this than an SLR. Having an articulated screen makes composing and ...


You're looking for c2: Auto off Timers in the Custom Settings Menu. This is explained on page 160 of the Nikon D5100 Reference Manual — not to be confused with the abridged User's Manual, which leaves out most of the details. It sounds like you are looking to change Auto meter-off, which Nikon describes as the time the "information display remain[s] on when ...


Depending on what camera you use, under exposure may not be a problem at all. Typically most modern serious sensors give you a lot of leeway in downward latitude. You can always readjust your exposure in lightroom if you shoot raw. I have successfully pushed the raws from my camera by 3 stops (although I don't recommend that!). But digital sensors are ...


I haven't heard of this particular problem for this model, but it's a common-enough issue that LCD screens don't give accurate results. I wouldn't worry about it too much — use the histogram and other tools (like Highlight Alert) to judge exposure. If you want to use in-camera JPEG processing, you'll soon become familiar with how saturation, contrast, and ...


When you hold a camera with a viewfinder to your eye, your arms are close to your body and it's easy to hold them steady. If you are using the rear screen for composing your photos (in Live View on a DSLR, or in normal view on a mirrorless camera), and you lift the camera to be able to see the back correctly, you now probably hold it out in front of you by ...

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