Photo Tip Tuesday – Adjust the camera view finder to your eye


Most people don’t have 20/20 vision. Well luckily there’s an easy fix for this on most DSLR cameras. It’s called the Dioptric Correction Adjustment. Look next to your view finder on your camera and you should see a little dial or perhaps a sliding adjustment. If you wear glasses and have troubles seeing through the view finder, this should change things for you.

Here’s what you need to do:
• Simply take off your glasses
• Hold the camera up to your
dominant eye. Not sure? Find your dominant eye.
• Press half way down on the shutter release to auto focus the camera
• Adjust the dioptric correction dial until the image looks sharp, that’s it

It is important for a couple reasons to have the camera directly up to your eye while shooting. For one, the camera is more stable when it is rested against your eye (actually eyebrow). Secondly, it makes reading the in-viewfinder meter readings and other information along the viewfinder edge much easier than holding it away from you. You may consider a new or third party eye cup to make the viewfinder a bit more comfortable.

Also, I know of a couple people who have accidentally moved or adjusted their dioptric correction adjustment without knowing and couldn’t figure out why the view finder was blurry. Now you know.

Please send me a comment and let me know if you’ve used the dioptric correction adjustment before or not. And let me know if this post was helpful. I would be curious to know how many people have adjusted their camera to their eye.

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