How Live View Can Make You A Better Photographer

The problem with photography is that so often we have distracting elements that seep into our images and it causes our subject to not become our subject at all, but instead the distracting elements becomes the subject.

Recently I did a mini-workshop on how to solve this problem.  I taught about how you can use live view to turn a distracting or boring environment into a beautiful photograph

During this workshop I challenged participants to use "live view" to test out their surroundings by walking around with live view on, similarly to how we use our phones to take photos. With live view on you can make more thoughtful creative decisions because you see what the photo will look like when you push the shutter button. This is not the case when looking through the "viewfinder" which is where most photographers look to focus and compose.  The view finder lacks the ability to adjust light and see what the photo will look like before we shoot.   

I like to make the case for live view because we're so used to composing and adjusting photos on our phone in the same way so it only makes sense to similarly adjust our "professional" camera in more efficient and effective way.

So get out there, turn on live view and start shooting better photos! 

Here are the photos from that workshop and here are a few recent images that I've shot using live view:

*Disclaimer - I shoot live view about 80% of the time during my couples sessions and portrait sessions. Because of the nature and atmosphere of wedding photography, I only shoot about 25% in live view on wedding days. 

PRO TIP: At some point in your photography journey you're going to need a little help.  When that day comes know that there are tons of online and local communities to help you. Also, you might want to try and find a mentor or friend who's been shooting for a while and ask them to show a few things!

Mark Maya - Photographer - Educator

Mark Maya Photography, 217 North Briggs Avenue, Durham, NC, 27703

Did you know 10 years ago when I decided to become an educator I was really scared?  I didn't feel like I had the confidence, social skills or basic knowledge to teach. Honestly, some days I still don't. 

I've learned more than I ever thought possible through teaching photography to teenagers with severe disabilities, middle and high schoolers, university students and countless individual photographers. 

I'm someone who believes in being prepared. Being prepared for teaching others is a task that only time can prepare you for. Time spent struggling through something with others. Solving problems and figuring stuff out together. Learning from each other and our mistakes.

I'm excited that we get to learn together and I promise to always be prepared and spend time on my craft while being honest and organic. 

Mark Maya is a wedding photographer and educator from Durham, NC.