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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Field Guide by Charlotte K. Lowrie

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Chapter 7: Shooting in Live View

At times, composing still images with the viewfinder can be inconvenient or even impossible, and that’s when Live View shooting is a good alternative. With Live View, you can use the camera’s 3.2-inch LCD monitor to compose images and magnify the real-time scene up to 10x to ensure tack-sharp focus.

Live View is a good choice for still-life, product, and macro shooting. As you’re shooting, you can monitor the exposure using the live histogram. But a word of caution — for most photographers, a tripod is a necessity with Live View shooting.

All in all, Live View shooting increases the versatility of the 5D Mark III and enhances your shooting options.

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In this scene, I couldn’t maneuver myself into position to use the viewfinder, so I used Live View and the camera’s LCD to compose the image and ensure that the histogram showed good exposure. Exposure: ISO 100, f/4.5, 1/50 second.

About Live View Shooting

On most point-and-shoot digital cameras, you shoot using the camera’s LCD to compose and focus. But with a dSLR, normally the camera can’t see the live scene because the shutter and reflex mirror block the view to the image sensor. The 5D Mark III overcomes this blind spot with a mechanical shutter that stays completely open during Live View shooting to give you a real-time view of the scene.

Live View offers some advantages; for example, you ...

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