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Can one frame a photo better via the viewfinder using a smaller viewfinder?

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Apr 15, 2017 17:14 |  #1

Bear with me, please.

I've noticed that my eye can catch how well a photo has been framed (notice undesirable tilt) when I look at it in the small preview at top left hand corner in LR.
And that makes sense. Think of a photo that is the size of a wall and you are standing just one or two feet away. You can't see all corners and edges at the same time, thus making it harder to gage how well the photo was framed...

I feel like the same applies to cameras with a smaller vs. larger viewfinder, because when you're looking into the viewfinder, with a full sensor I feel like you see a lot more, and thus the edges harder to take in all at once.

It just surprises me that I can't find any information on this.

I know seeing the edges of an image isn't everything, but I feel like it plays a huge role in framing the photo.

Are people with full frame cameras at a slight disadvantage if they are the type to not see the corners well enough in a larger viewfinder?

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Apr 15, 2017 17:27 |  #2

I have a 5D3 and a Fuji XT-1. I feel like I'm a better composer on my 27" screen in Lightroom than I am through either viewfinder. I'll usually notice a small tilt or something element I wish wasn't in frame when I view images on the computer. So most of my images are cropped at least a little.

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Apr 17, 2017 09:52 |  #3

To me seeing edges is important. I do not crop in PP. I frame it before picture is taken. This is why I like classic Leica M and P&S viewfinders. Frame in the middle and extra space around it. It allows me easily check and select what is going to be in the corners.

Good steak doesn't need corners to be cut to eat it. Same for lens. If you are cutting in PP, you are cutting part of the lens rendering. And it makes images more flatten.
If you are framing it before shot, it is not always technically perfect, but it preserves the moment and feels more alive.

Quick shot with Oly Trip 35, which has nice frame in viewfinder. :-)

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Apr 17, 2017 12:52 |  #4

I think that there can be truth in the statement, if one photo size relies too much on your peripheral vision to assess that case the smaller photo indeed is easier to assess misalignment.

OTOH, if both photos allow use of central vision (and not peripheral vision) then the larger one is easier to assess, as the angular misalignent is a visually larger one to assess.

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