Tip for the week: Now zoom in..
… and I’m not talking about the camera lens either. I suspect one of the most neglected features and least known features of modern digital cameras is the zoom tool. As I said it’s not the zoom on the lens but rather at the other end of the camera, the back bit where the screen is. I have seen people squinting or holding the camera just a couple of inches from their nose trying to see the detail in the image on the screen. It’s not always easy to look at a picture on a screen that may be just 3 inches across, and much less than that on an older digital camera. It’s easy to spot detail on a 15 or 27 inch computer screen, you can easily spot the half hidden car in your beautiful landscape or a blemish on your subjects nose if your prefer portraiture.
So what to do ? Chances are unless you have an older digital camera that lacks a zoom function on the screen itself, you can actually zoom in on your masterpiece to check the finest detail. The zoom button may vary from camera to camera, for instance on Nikon DSLRs it’s just by the screen marked with a plus sign in a magnifying glass shape logo. On compact models it’s quite often the same function or button you use to zoom the lens.
So take a little time to find it and more importantly use it, better to find any hiccups on location rather than later back at home.
Technical info: Nikon D80 handheld in Aperture priority mode, with a Nikon f2.8 60mm Macro lens. The exposure was at 1/60th of a second at f3.3 for the pictures of the screen and 1/25th of a second at f4 for the close up of the button. the ISO was 200 for all pictures.