What you see in the viewfinder is what is seen through the lens and directed to the viewfinder by a mirror. A few DSLR cameras have some form of "live-view" but most don't.Patrick T. KellyOaxaca, Mexico..
That's not a stupid question.Good luck with your camera!..
But generally speaking the best way to hold a camera when shooting. Holding a camera out away from your body in order to look at an LCD is not good shooting technique..
Holding your arms tucked in to your sides and pressing the viewfinder to your eye ridge gives much more stability.Chefziggyhttp://www.pbase.com/chefziggy/lecream.
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Normally, SLR cameras used to offer only this type of viewing, although this is not a bad one, because what you see in the through-the-lens optical viewfinder is exactly what the sensor will see, once the shutter is opened. This is much better than having just a Newtonian finder, which is a simple look-through window positioned away from the lens, and generally also better than an electronic viewfinder, because the view is bigger. clearer and largely unaffected by strong light..
However, there might be times when you want to compose with the camera held low or high. Traditional SLR systems have angle finders for this, and your D60 might be able to take one. One of the newer ways is to attach a Zigview electronic finder..
Yet another option is LiveView, but it is not available on your DSLR. The following DSLRs offer continuous, full-colour LiveView on their backpanel monitors:Olympus E-330Olympus E-410Olympus E-420Olympus E-510Olympus E-3Canon EOS 1Ds Mark IIICanon EOS 1D Mark IIICanon EOS 40DCanon EOS 450D / XSiPanasonic Lumix DMC-L1Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10Leica Digilux 3Nikon D300Nikon D3Pentax K20DSony Alpha 300Sony Alpha 350.
Most of these impose a heavy shutter lag penalty when using LiveView, except the Olympus E-330, the Sony Alpha 300 and the Sony Alpha 350.pbase Supporter..
Sony Alpha 350 and Panasonic L10..
However, the Nikon metering and automatic controls ought to be suffiently reliable for you not to need live view. Framing at arm's length is seldom a good idea..
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