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I have a problem which is hindering my ability to take good photos.

Discussion in 'Animal Photography' started by PaleoMatt, 3 Jan 2018.

  1. PaleoMatt

    PaleoMatt Well-Known Member

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    I can not close one eye! I keep on trying to do it but I just can't! Sometimes I can focus my eye on to the viewfinder but that takes too long and I miss things. Is it just me who can't close one eye and thus struggles with photography?
     
  2. littleRedPanda

    littleRedPanda Well-Known Member

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    I CAN close just one eye and I still struggle with photography :)
    Some photographers do keep both eyes open to help keep an eye on the full scene.

    Tip: Try Keeping Both Eyes Open When Shooting Through a Viewfinder

    Actually, it's something i've been meaning to try as my vision does go a bit weird after a few hours squinting through one eye.
     
  3. Ned

    Ned Well-Known Member

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    Why don't you get an eye patch? You might just have to watch out for parrots that want to use you as a perch.
     
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  4. gentle lemur

    gentle lemur Well-Known Member

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    It is possible that you may need some eyepiece correction in your viewfinder (some camera models have a system for adjusting this). Talk to a good camera dealer or visit an optician for an eye test. I don't think it should matter whether you keep both eyes open or close your non-dominant eye. If your eye(s) get tired, sit down and rest them for a few minures.
     
  5. Terry Thomas

    Terry Thomas Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I agree. Take a rest now and then. I have the same problem.
     
  6. Welsh Zootographer

    Welsh Zootographer Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried using the other eye? I met someone in the passed that couldn't close his left eye on its own but managed to use his camera by closing his right eye instead. In fact many videographers work with both eyes open so they can see where the action is coming from. :)
     
  7. Gato Moteado

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    what kind of camera do you have? many digital SLRs have preview screens on the back that are touch screens and will focus on whichever part of the image you touch. i do a lot of wildlife photography and rarely look into a viewfinder anymore.
     
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  8. Terry Thomas

    Terry Thomas Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I agree. If the screen is used then you should not need to close one eye. I prefer to use the viewfinder though!
     
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