I have had my D7000 for a few weeks now, read parts of the manual twice, and still can't quite comprehend everything.
A week or so ago, I showed the camera to a friend, who used it to take a few photos at a party we were attending. One of the first things he did was to set up the camera to display a preview of a shot on the LCD screen immediately after the shot was taken. I thought this was a bit too "point and shoot-ish" for me and turned the feature off. I generally use the viewfinder, not the LCD when I'm shooting.
There are two main reasons I don't use the immediate preview. One is that I find it screws up my "flow". If I'm taking shots, I rarely take only one, preferring to take a bunch from various perspectives. The other is that I'm afraid I'll make a snap decision to delete a photo when, although it looks iffy on the LCD, it's possible to do something artistic with it later in post-processing.
So I figured I'd ask everyone here what they prefer. Do you use the preview to double-check your shot right after shooting or do you wait until later to review shots?
>I don't care to have the camera preview the image >automatically, choosing instead to initiate the review myself. > I find myself routinely looking at captures though for the >following: > >1) Exposure control via 'blinkies' and the channel >histograms. In particular in changing light and/or framing >conditions. >2) Focus accuracy and overall sharpness via 50%-100% zoom on >the subject area. > >Overall composition and image evaluation is kind of a side >product of the other reviews. >
+9 on Paul's points.
One additional reason not to use review is when shooting in theatre or other darkened locations, automatic image review is not throwing off distracting light for other patrons.
I review a LOT, but I don't consider it chimping per say since what I am doing is checking to make sure I am nailing exposure, focus, composition etc. Like Paul says, the "overall evaluation" is a byproduct of verifying, checking, and re-checking some of the detail items. Because of this I get a chuckle out of the occasional gent who wishes for a digital camera with no LCD - makes very little sense to me given that the adjustments I make as a result of image review oftentimes is the difference in me getting a real keeper or avoiding a total wasted opportunity.
Another vote to turn it off and review as needed - usually after the first shot in a series of shots to be sure I have the histo and blinkies under control as well as did I shoot wide enough to really get what I wanted in the pix.
I can't loose the old color slide habit of cropping tight. With computer post processing I prefer a little wiggle room to crop and include or exclude as desired. I am no longer tied to preconceived image length-width ratios (ie: 8x10 or 8x12). I am a cropping free spirit and as I make my own window mats any way.