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Step-by-step Live View for Canon

Live View is your ticket for precision focus, and with Canon, yields a zero-vibration possibility as well.

First, review the camera settings. It is important to set the Live View camera settings correctly. Also, a remote release is mandatory for using Silent shoot mode for zero vibration.

Use of a focusing loupe is strongly recommended for focusing, not only for accuracy, but also to cut glare. A focusing loupe also allows focusing even handheld— wedge it into place between the camera and your eye, just like a videographer.

1. Enter Live View mode, frame the image, lock down tripod head

On the Canon 5D Mark II, there is a dedicated button to enter Live View mode, just to the left of the viewfinder. Other cameras might require a different button or setup.

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