Basic Techniques

Framing shots with a LCD

Written by Gail Bjork

Because a digital camera is held away from your body when composing shots using a LCD, it is even more prone to camera shake than when using a viewfinder. Make sure to hold the camera correctly.

LCD framingFraming a shot with the LCD is relatively worry-free when lighting conditions are ideal and shutter speeds are fast. However a digital camera is more prone to camera shake using a LCD than a viewfinder, especially if your camera doesn’t have Image Stabilization.

Camera shake and shutter speed

Camera shake causes images to blur. It primarily occurs when taking photos hand-held at shutter speeds under 1/60th of a second, or if you press the shutter button too fast or incorrectly.

It also can occur when using a telephoto lens and the shutter speed isn’t fast enough. Ideally, the shutter speed should be faster than the focal length to avoid camera shake. For example, if your lens is at 100mm, your shutter speed should be at 1/100th second or faster.

How to hold the camera

Using the LCDBecause a digital camera is held away from your body when composing shots with a LCD, hold it with both hands. The camera can be steadied with the left hand and the right hand used for further support and to press the shutter button.

Keep the camera as close to your face as possible. Brace your elbows against your body for additional support. For even more stability, steady yourself against a wall, table, car top or anything with a flat, level surface.

When a digital camera is held vertically, take extra care that your fingers don’t cover the built-in flash. If you inadvertently cover part of the lens, you will see that on the LCD. Remove your fingers from the lens or flash before taking photos.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.