I don't know if this question belongs here or the tripod forum, but I'll start here because there is a lot more activity.
I am now satisfied enough with my hand holding techniques, so it's time to get more adventurous. Recently I bought a kirk BH-1 ballhead/Manfrotto 055XB tripod combination and tomorrow I will use it for the first time with my D7000. I'll be using the Nikon wireless remote and mirror-up method with VR turned off for landscape photos.
From what I understand when using the viewfinder method I must frame the shot, use manual focus (so it doesn't refocus when the shutter is actuated), and then put the viewfinder cover on before each picture is taken.
I like the viewfinder method, but having to put the viewfinder cover on before, and then removing it to reframe for each shot seems like a real hassle and could possibly disrupt the framing. Is there a better/easier way? Is using the viewfinder cover really that important?
Using live view so the viewfinder cover can remain installed for the entire shoot seems easier, but is it the best way? How did photographers do it before there were live view monitors?
Any help, advice, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Just got back from my first excursion with my tripod. Thanks for all the suggestions for covering the viewfinder - in the end I just gently used my thumb to cover the viewfinder while activating the wireless remote. It was simple and I believe worked well.