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Chapter Seven. Seeing the Light > Evaluating Image Quality on the Lcd Screen

Evaluating Image Quality on the Lcd Screen

After making sure that you are metering the light properly, using exposure compensation when appropriate, and checking the histogram to verify that you have captured a good exposure containing all the tonal information necessary to make a fine print, you need to review the image to check for various aspects of image quality. The camera's LCD screen is a window onto the images you have already made and as such, it is a valuable tool for evaluating exposure, checking how the light in the scene has been translated into the digital image, and how flattening the 3D world we live in into a 2D surface is working. Seeing the image within seconds of pressing the shutter button gives you the opportunity to retake the shot with a different exposure setting, explore a new angle of view, or move on to a different scene. Of course, a 1-inch-tall screen on the back of your camera is no match for a good desktop monitor, but you should be able to look at the image thumbnail on the camera and get a good sense of the overall exposure and colors in the image.


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