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The good use of the LCD screen – Du bon usage de l’écran LCD. update,maj

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

In the not so old time of film cameras, the only way to see the outcome of your shot was through the development of your film. This was, and still is, part of the charm of the film. Nowadays, it becomes almost a reflex to control the photo that was taken the moment before on the LCD screens of our digital cameras. Where is the magic of development, the surprise of the unexpected photo. Not to mention the trend to shoot much more than it takes the same subject, knowing that we can verify in the next moment, to finally realize that the first is best. It is perhaps much wiser in time cost, not to use the LCD screen to validate shots and proceed as in the past. Which brings us back I’m sure, to more concentration when framing and pressing the shutter, and probably at the same time resulting in a better ratio of valuable pictures”. This will also allow us to gain considerable time during selecting sessions in front of our computers screens and save space on our hard drives and other storage media. Then, spending less time in front of our screens will give us more time for observation and to impregnate ourself from the surroundings instead of strafing and think that in the whole lot we probably will have a good one.

update : 02-01-10

French :

Du temps des appareils argentique, le seul moyen de voir le résultat de votre prise de vue était de passer par le développement de votre film. Cela faisait, et fait toujours, parti du charme de la pellicule. De nos jours, il devient presque un réflexe de contrôler la photo prise à l’instant sur les écrans lcd de nos appareils numériques. Mais que reste t’il de la magie du développement, de la surprise de la photo inattendue. Sans parler de la tendance à prendre beaucoup plus de prises qu’il n’en faut d’un même sujet sachant que l’on peut vérifier dans l’instant suivant, pour finalement se rendre compte que la première prise est la meilleure. Aussi n’est il peut être pas plus sage et économique en temps de ne plus se servir de l’écran lcd comme écran de “validation” des prises de vue et de procéder comme par le passé. Ce qui nous ramènera j’en suis sur à plus de concentration au moment de cadrer et de déclencher. Et sans doute par la même occasion à avoir un meilleur ratio de photo “valables”. Cela nous permettra aussi des gains de temps considérable lors des séances de sélection devant nos écrans et d’économiser de la place sur nos disques durs et autres médias de stockage. En bref, reprendre les bonnes habitudes du monde argentique sur nos numériques pour en tirer le maximum. Ce qui nous permettra de passer moins de temps devant nos écrans pour et d’en avoir plus pour l’observation et l’imprégnation sur le terrain au lieu de mitrailler et de se dire que sur le lot ont va bien en avoir une bonne.

maj :  01-02-10

  1. vimphoto
    January 20, 2010 at 00:23

    I totally agree with you. I grew up shooting film, everything from 35mm to 4×5 film and there is something different in how you compose and think about a photograph if you are not worried about checking to make sure it is perfect at that very moment. As an artist and a professional photographer (im sure many are in this same boat) i sometimes find the LCD screen to be a hindrance to my level of expertise and skill. I mean, i know that I can take a great photo, technically and compositional but when start second-guessing myself (i.e. looking at a little screen) i take valuable trust away from the equation. With film, you had to be a good photographer and you had to have confidence in your abilities. Period. Now, that confidence is considered useless (to most people because they have instant gratification).

    Ill say this, i love my digital camera’s, full-frame, medium format digital too… and i will admit that in terms of raw quality… digital is starting to come around, but i still miss film. Every day i shoot with my shiny new digital SLR.

    • January 20, 2010 at 16:03

      when start second-guessing myself (i.e. looking at a little screen) i take valuable trust away from the equation. With film, you had to be a good photographer and you had to have confidence in your abilities.

      This is exactly what was in my mind when writing this post. Glad to see that I’m not alone to think this way.

      • vimphoto
        January 20, 2010 at 21:48

        It is funny, because as much as i like digital (and trust me, that is a lot) it was just the nature of film that made people better photographers. Now i must re-phrase that. Film made “Photographers into great image makers” digital helps make “Everyone into Photographers”. You know what i mean? And there is almost no downside to the average person, just for the pros…

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