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Using Viewfinder Information

Using Viewfinder Information Tip

In the previous articles, I looked into the Focusing Point, the Spot Metering Area Indicator, the Centre Weighted Area Brackets, and also into Shutter Speed, Aperture Value, ISO, Focusing and the Light meter indicators for decoding the Viewfinder Information. However, the question is how useful they are. Therefore, does using viewfinder information speed up photography?

As previously discussed, this information allows photographers to check their cameras settings and the exposure on the fly. In this article, I am going to introduce a very easy to follow routine for using the viewfinder information.

Generally speaking, the viewfinder information is not as useful in the Semi-Automatic modes (A/AV or S/TV) as it is helpful in the Manual Exposure mode. And in fact, in the fully automatic settings (Auto or P) it is not useful at all!

Let’s assume that you are a Manual Exposure shooter and want to create a routine for your photography. What viewfinder information is more essential for you to check first?

Here is the checklist for you:

Light Meter Indicator

Correct Exposure

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The Light Meter Indicator shows the exposure value.

The Light meter setting is the first information that a photographer should check. When the indicator sits at 0, it means that the exposure is correct. Notice the indicator in the above photo. Here is the result of a correct exposure:

Correct Exposure

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A correct exposure

Under-exposed photo

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The Under-exposed Light meter

However, if the indicator shows the negative value, it means that the photo would be under exposed. Here is an example:

Under-exposed photo

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The photo is under-exposed and the viewfinder indicator showed the warning

Over-exposed Indicator

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An over-exposed indicator inside the viewfinder

On another note, if the indicator shows positive values (above photo), it warns us about Over-exposed image. Here is the result:

Over-exposed photo

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An over-exposed image

The Exposure plays the most important role in photography. Therefore, the first thing that you need to check in viewfinder information is the light meter indicator. Although, it may take some time for us to make it as a routine, it is very crucial to make it your first priority.

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