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Dan, may I ask what is your preference for focusing in LV for a still object? A tripod will be used, and do you use the AF or prefer to manually focus the lens after magnification. I'm guessing that using manual you can possibly attain a sharper image. I've not yet tried it either way as I haven't used LV for my exposures. Thanks, Will
Sure. Before I add some comments here, I wrote an article on this subject at my blog some time ago. It summarizes a bunch of useful applications for live view, some of which might not be apparent at first. (It also mentions a few downsides that you should know about.)
The basic outline of my approach when shooting subjects that work well with live view includes the following:
- I often initially frame the composition through the viewfinder, sometimes while hand holding the camera and sometimes while it is already mounted on the tripod.
- I reserve live view for tripod-based shooting, virtually never shooting that way while hand holding the camera.
- I use a remote release
- I usually check my compositional framing in live view, too, since I sort of see the image a bit better in the context of what it might look like as a print.
- To focus I zoom to the 10x magnification setting and locate the view area on the primary area of focus. I sort of "rock" the focus back and forth until I can find the optimum focus point.
- I like to hit the DOF preview button and then move the view area around the frame to manually check the effect of aperture selection on subjects at various distances.
- I often at least initially show the live histogram over the display in live view, though I prefer to switch that off before I make the exposure.
Hope that is useful to you!