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Nov 13, 2017 07:46 |  #1

Not sure what they are called specifically....
Quite often I see landscape photographers and more often filmmakers holding up a mask to assess the best viewpoint and composition before pointing a camera

Does anyone know what they are actually called and if there any websites that provide dimensions to enable diy make of some ?


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Nov 13, 2017 07:52 |  #2

birderman wrote in post #18495261 (external link)
Not sure what they are called specifically....
Quite often I see landscape photographers and more often filmmakers holding up a mask to assess the best viewpoint and composition before pointing a camera

Does anyone know what they are actually called and if there any websites that provide dimensions to enable diy make of some ?

Can't you cut a three by two hole in a piece of card?

Or you could extend the thumb and forefinger of each hand to form a rectangle.


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Nov 13, 2017 07:54 as a reply to  @ john crossley's post |  #3

Yep I could, but I want to know dimensions and if they need to be specific to match different focal lengths etc. and know a technical term will help with googling....


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Nov 13, 2017 11:30 |  #4

birderman wrote in post #18495268 (external link)
Yep I could, but I want to know dimensions and if they need to be specific to match different focal lengths etc. and know a technical term will help with googling....

1) Cut 3:2 hole in something flat
2) Go some where nice
3) Place flat thing with hole in front of face
4) Extend arm for tele, bend elbow for wide angle


In other words, it is not possible to assign a focal length to a certain size hole because your angle of view will be determined by the flat thing's distance to your eyeball.


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Nov 13, 2017 13:38 |  #5

birderman wrote in post #18495268 (external link)
Yep I could, but I want to know dimensions and if they need to be specific to match different focal lengths etc. and know a technical term will help with googling....

I know a machinist who can make those for you for about $200. (Be sure to include a measuerment of how long your arm is.) By his choice of materials, they should last several hundred years, so pro-rated they would be cheap at that price.

And as you know, the reading from the reflected meter in your camera is heavily influenced by the tones in your subject, so I recommend that you buy my old incident meter which actually reads the light falling on the subject without that nasty influence.
Downside is that you'll have to run downrange several hundred yards (meters to you) to read that light falling on the subject, but just think about what wonderful shape you'll be in after a year of that! ; )


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Nov 13, 2017 13:42 |  #6

Go to a craft store and purchase some photo mat. 4x6, 5x7 8x10. It will give you what you are looking for.


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Nov 13, 2017 13:44 |  #7

I think they are called a director's viewfinder. It seems you can also download an app to a smartphone which does the same thing -

https://en.wikipedia.o​rg/wiki/Director%27s_v​iewfinder (external link)


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Nov 14, 2017 07:47 |  #8

Many recent Canon cameras have this built in during Live View, probably the best way to do this, as you are using the sensor and aspect ratio indicators to give you the truest sense of what you are capturing.

http://support-th.canon-asia.com …nts/TH/EN/82030​28100.html (external link)


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Nov 14, 2017 07:50 |  #9

PhotosGuy wrote in post #18495544 (external link)
I know a machinist who can make those for you for about $200. (Be sure to include a measuerment of how long your arm is.) By his choice of materials, they should last several hundred years, so pro-rated they would be cheap at that price.

And as you know, the reading from the reflected meter in your camera is heavily influenced by the tones in your subject, so I recommend that you buy my old incident meter which actually reads the light falling on the subject without that nasty influence.
Downside is that you'll have to run downrange several hundred yards (meters to you) to read that light falling on the subject, but just think about what wonderful shape you'll be in after a year of that! ; )

gary fong is already on this.

PMGphotog wrote in post #18495554 (external link)
I think they are called a director's viewfinder. It seems you can also download an app to a smartphone which does the same thing -

https://en.wikipedia.o​rg/wiki/Director%27s_v​iewfinder (external link)

that's a very expensive "mask"


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Nov 14, 2017 07:59 |  #10

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18496073 (external link)
gary fong is already on this.

So is everyone else who just looks through the viewfinder to get the angle of view & then looks at the subject to decide if that's the view that they want to include. ; )


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Nov 14, 2017 08:25 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #11

Near the end of the article is the smart phone app which I was referring to - "Artemis Director's Viewfinder". Not sure how much the app costs but it would achieve what the OP is looking for.


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Nov 14, 2017 09:00 |  #12

PMGphotog wrote in post #18496104 (external link)
Near the end of the article is the smart phone app which I was referring to - "Artemis Director's Viewfinder". Not sure how much the app costs but it would achieve what the OP is looking for.

interesting stuff




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Nov 23, 2017 08:20 |  #13

The one I have is for 4x5 and has a tape measure you hold to your cheek at the marking for the fl of lens. Making your own would involve some trial and error unless you want to do a little trig.




  
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