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Nov 12, 2012 18:14 |  #1

Hello to all,

This past weekend I was trying to shoot volleyball, basketball, etc.
I started to leave both eyes open to help me track the one play better and look at other players, etc.

How many of you keep both eyes open while shooting.? Not sure if it helps or not... I seem to miss shots no matter what... LOL
Not sure if it will help my keeper rate..

only in Portrait mode that this seems to work best.. camera 7D with 85 1.8 lens or 50mm 1.8. of course its harder with a 300mm.

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Nov 12, 2012 18:17 |  #2

I think it does help ... I guess it depends on what you're doing - I'm often shooting in situations where I need to be aware of my surroundings and watching for stuff happening out of the corner of my eye. I would do the same for sports, like if I had to cover a particular player, watching as he runs into the frame or something.


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Nov 13, 2012 06:13 |  #3

Sure! Both eyes to track the subject, then close one when framing the shot.


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Nov 13, 2012 06:37 |  #4

I close both eyes.

Makes importing later seem like Christmas morning!


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Nov 13, 2012 06:44 |  #5

I always keep both eyes open no matter what I am shooting. It's just more comfortable.


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Nov 13, 2012 06:53 |  #6

Joe300 wrote in post #15238329 (external link)
Hello to all,

This past weekend I was trying to shoot volleyball, basketball, etc.
I started to leave both eyes open to help me track the one play better and look at other players, etc.

How many of you keep both eyes open while shooting.? Not sure if it helps or not... I seem to miss shots no matter what... LOL
Not sure if it will help my keeper rate..

only in Portrait mode that this seems to work best.. camera 7D with 85 1.8 lens or 50mm 1.8. of course its harder with a 300mm.

Thanks
Joe

If I kept my left eye open I'd be staring at the back of my camera. It's big and I'm small.


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Nov 13, 2012 09:29 |  #7

Funny how this comes up every so often!

Both eyes open. Easier to follow the action. Or in the case of last saturday seeing a ball come whizzing about 2 ft from my head :)


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Nov 13, 2012 10:38 |  #8

Always. I'll switch eyes often too. Keeping one open is also safety thing. I want to make sure I'll see a 240lb linebacker or power forward or errant ball coming at me.


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Nov 13, 2012 10:45 |  #9

I never viewed keeping both eyes open as a safety thing but as a technique to reduce eye strain. It's a pain to have to squint all day long. :)


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Nov 13, 2012 17:12 |  #10

Next I am going to try and turn off my camera LCD so I dont chimp on every shot. then only to look at the images when I get home....LOL Can it be done?
How many images do you go without chimping images?


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Nov 13, 2012 18:02 |  #11

Joe300 wrote in post #15242105 (external link)
Next I am going to try and turn off my camera LCD so I dont chimp on every shot. then only to look at the images when I get home....LOL Can it be done?
How many images do you go without chimping images?

Just set the review time to off.


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Nov 13, 2012 18:28 |  #12

Joe300 wrote in post #15242105 (external link)
Next I am going to try and turn off my camera LCD so I dont chimp on every shot. then only to look at the images when I get home....LOL Can it be done?
How many images do you go without chimping images?

This is whole other can of worms, but... I see nothing wrong with checking the LCD; it's a tool... use it. There have been a few times when I haven't, and regretted it later. A setting was wrong because of a previous set of shots, now the opportunity is gone. Could've been fixed with quick glimpse at the LCD.

Chimping doesn't make you any less of a 'pro' in my opinion.


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Nov 13, 2012 18:31 |  #13

Master of Defenestration wrote in post #15239906 (external link)
I close both eyes.

Makes importing later seem like Christmas morning!

LOL! I will have to try this sometime. :)


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Nov 13, 2012 18:36 as a reply to  @ gjl711's post |  #14

I had it recommended to me on another thread because I wear glasses.

I adjusted the diopter of the VF to my glasses & tried keeping both eyes open - it was simply too uncomfortable for me.

Keeping both eyes open when not wearing glasses doesn't work because I can't make anything out with the eye that's not on the VF.

So I'm back to squinty one-eye shooting. I don't miss too much because I really trust the fast AF of the 85/1.8 - sometimes on quick action, I just swing the camera and shoot a burst.


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Nov 13, 2012 18:50 |  #15

rdalrt wrote in post #15242341 (external link)
I close both eyes.

Makes importing later seem like Christmas morning!

Great idea.. I can do this on Christmas eve then upload images on the 25th...:D
You got 41 days until Christmas.. Happy Holidays to all,


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