Macro Photography Technique – Focusing With Live View

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In macro photography, it is quite common to use Live View to help us achieve photos that are sharp and in focus. Most DSLR cameras nowadays have Live View capabilities. The live view  feature basically allows you to use the LCD display screen on your camera as the viewfinder. It therefore provides you with a preview of of what your camera is seeing.

This macro photography technique involves enabling live view on your camera and then using the digital zoom feature (usually depicted as a magnifying glass on one of the rear buttons) on your camera to zoom into your subject for a closer inspection. By digitally zooming in onto the image, you will be able to see whether your image is sharp and in focus quite easily.

We have all been in the situation before – we look through the view finder and everything looks as though it is all in focus and sharp. However, when we look at the image on our computer, it is not sharp at all. So, the next time you take your photo, ensure you turn on live view, magnify the image on the display screen, manually adjust your focus and then take the shot.

The video below by Practical Photography will highlight to you the main steps to focus with Live View.


Wasn’t that simple? When you take your next shot, remember to keep this macro photography technique in the back of your mind to ensure that you end up with a sharp and in focus photo! If you think this macro photography tip is useful to your friends and family, you can share this post and video with them by clicking on the SHARE button on the top.

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