Review Digital Pictures on the LCD Monitor - dummies

By Doug Sahlin

Almost immediately after you take a picture, it appears on the LCD monitor. The beauty of digital photography is the fact that as photographer, you can quickly tell if you’ve got a good image.

The LCD monitor is your first clue as to whether you have a properly composed and properly exposed image. Of course, if you don’t like what you see, you can take the picture over again and use exposure compensation to correct for the camera overexposing or underexposing the scene.

The LCD monitor is your friend. Use it to decide whether you’ve captured the image you envisioned. But the image isn’t the only thing you can view on your LCD monitor. You can view shooting information and a histogram that you use to examine the exposure.

Most digital cameras also give you the option to zoom in on one part of the image, display the zoomed-in portion, and then pan to different areas of the image. This helps you determine whether the important parts of the image are in focus or you need to trash the image and reshoot.

Use the LCD monitor in conjunction with your histogram to determine whether you need to employ exposure compensation.

Many cameras have an option to display areas of an image that are blown out to pure white (and therefore contain no detail) as blinking highlights on the camera LCD monitor. Photographers call these blinkies. Being able to see blinkies is a good thing because blown-out highlights can ruin an image; luckily, you can correct the situation by using exposure compensation, which I discuss in a moment.

Cameras that were manufactured in the last two years have bright LCD monitors that are easy to see in bright sunlight. If you have an older camera, you may have to shade the monitor in order to get a good look at the displayed information.

If you’re handy, you can create a shade for the LCD monitor out of cardboard. If you’re not handy, you can purchase a commercially made loupe for your LCD monitor. Hoodman has a loupe that fits over the LCD monitor on a wide variety of digital cameras.