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Mar 30, 2012 07:12 |  #1
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I'm curious how some of you look into the viewfinder? Do you close one eye? Do you alternate the closing of an eye? Do you shot with both eyes open or do you close them both and hope for the best? Just kidding about the closing of both eyes. B^)

Here is what I have experience in my limited experience with a camera. When I was shooting Snowy Owls, I would miss various activities around me due to the tunnel vision affect, if you know what I mean.

It takes a bit of effort for me to shot with both eyes open but I was able to spot things like a Snowy flying toward the outside of the frame, giving me a better chance of capturing the moment.

Who here keeps both eyes wide open? Are there more pros than cons for you by doing so?
For all I know, no one uses this method? Please respond accordingly.




  
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Mar 30, 2012 07:36 |  #2

Both eyes open for me. It's the way I was instructed to shoot a handgun and it seems natural when using a camera.

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Mar 30, 2012 09:36 |  #3

both open for me.




  
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Mar 30, 2012 10:05 |  #4

I close my other one. Im right eyed.


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Mar 30, 2012 10:37 as a reply to  @ JakAHearts's post |  #5

Left eye open, right eye closed.


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Mar 30, 2012 12:06 |  #6

If I'm shooting action (such as sports), I will often shoot with both eyes open.....one eye watching the framing in the viewfinder and the other watching action outside of the viewfinder. If I'm setting up a photo where my goal is to take my time and frame it carefully (probably with a tripod), I'll shoot with one eye closed so that I can focus my total attention on what's in the viewfinder considering that's really all I care about for those types of photos.




  
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Mar 30, 2012 12:43 as a reply to  @ jra's post |  #7

When I look at most of my shots you would think I had both eyes closed....


I close 1


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Mar 30, 2012 13:19 |  #8

jra wrote in post #14181239 (external link)
If I'm shooting action (such as sports), I will often shoot with both eyes open.....one eye watching the framing in the viewfinder and the other watching action outside of the viewfinder. If I'm setting up a photo where my goal is to take my time and frame it carefully (probably with a tripod), I'll shoot with one eye closed so that I can focus my total attention on what's in the viewfinder considering that's really all I care about for those types of photos.

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Mar 30, 2012 13:22 |  #9

shayneyasinski wrote in post #14181456 (external link)
When I look at most of my shots you would think I had both eyes closed....


I close 1

You beat me to the joke, LOL!


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Mar 30, 2012 13:23 |  #10

BTW, I actually never tried opening both eyes. I'm gonna have to try that. Currently I close my left eye and look through the viewfinder with my right eye, which is my dominant eye.


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Mar 30, 2012 17:16 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #11

Both eyes open for sports. Left eye closed for everything else


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Mar 30, 2012 17:32 |  #12

Both eyes open and my dominant right eye looking through the viewfinder.


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Mar 30, 2012 21:00 |  #13
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elrey2375 wrote in post #14182767 (external link)
Both eyes open for sports. Left eye closed for everything else

Why?




  
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Mar 30, 2012 21:14 |  #14

if theres stuff happening around me (sports, photojourn, etc) i shoot with both eyes open so i can see whats happening but if its landscape shots or the like i shoot with one eye open.


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Mar 31, 2012 00:54 |  #15

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Why?

In high school I was the school newspaper photography editor. I shot night football games with a sheet film camera, so that the shots would be recorded on ISO (ASA) 1250 and the grain of the film would not be enlarged as much as shooting much smaller 135 format film. Shooting on the sidelines, I was run down and bowled head over heels by the guard on my own football team, a classmate. Needless to say, I learned by direct experience the hazards of shooting with a blind (closed) eye, in this case one which also was blocked by a large format camera!

When shooting is less hazardous to one's health, closing the eye reduces distraction. But there are situations where keeping the lazy eye open, for situational awareness, is of benefit, even when a >200 lb. athlete is not hurtling at you at full speed.


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