The Benefits of Composing Through a Viewfinder

25/09/2020 7:56 am

With the latest DSLR and Mirrorless camera releases, we have seen an increase in the popularity of tilting and flipping LCD screens. This is wonderful for vlogging and for capturing the best-framed selfies on Instagram, but are these screens the best option for classic photographic purposes? 


Today we discuss why you should consider ignoring your LCD screen and peep through your viewfinder instead when framing your portraits and landscapes.

What's so good about viewfinders?



When we compose our images through a viewfinder, it is easier for us to ignore things outside the frame and pay closer attention to what lies within it. We can then make conscious decisions about what we include and crop out, which ultimately produces stronger compositions.


When we capture an image through our LCD screen we are tempted to immediately check it over for flaws and reshoot if necessary. While this probably sounds like a good thing, it can result in us becoming a little lazy, knowing that if something goes wrong we can just take another photo. By taking a film-like approach to our photography and ignoring the LCD screen for a while, we can improve our skills and chances of getting the right image on our first try.


Our last point on the importance of viewfinders relates to camera shake. When holding our camera up to our eye to take a shot, we are able to brace ourselves a little better and hold the camera firmly, which eliminates some of the small movements that lead to blurry images.

The Benefits of Composing Through a Viewfinder

Are all viewfinders created equally?

The Benefits of Composing Through a Viewfinder

The key difference between DSLR and Mirrorless cameras is the fact that DSLRs feature a mirror system that reflects what the lens sees directly through the viewfinder. The viewfinder of a DSLR is called an optical viewfinder. Due to their lack of Mirror, Mirrorless cameras display an electronic reading of what their lens can see on their viewfinder, which is referred to as an electronic viewfinder (EVF). This is also the type of viewfinder that you will find on select Advanced Digital Compact Cameras.


In the early days of Mirrorless cameras, electronic viewfinders were seen as inferior compared to the crisp and clear optical viewfinders of their DSLR counterparts. Modern models, however, have bridged the gap in quality to an acceptable level and many users are willing to ignore any difference in quality to use a more compact and lightweight Mirrorless camera.

When it comes down to it, both optical and electronic viewfinders produce a clear and detailed view of what your digital camera will capture, allowing you to decide on any necessary changes and fire your shutter.

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