WYSIWYG: What You See Is What You Get

What does WYSIWYG mean?

WYSIWYG in photography simply means “What You See Is What You Get!”

Optical View Finders (OVF)

Most traditional DSLR cameras use an OVF.  With an OVF, an actual live view of the scene is visible. The photographer is seeing the actual, unfiltered, scene in real-time.  

The camera settings (aperture, shutter & ISO) do not affect what you see.

This is great for photographers that want a “real life” look at what’s going on in front of them.

Electric View Finder (EVF)

Most mirrorless cameras use an electronic viewfinder (EVF). A digital version of the scene is being viewed by the photographer.

The camera settings (aperture, shutter & ISO) affect WYSIWYG in photography.

Make a change to your camera settings and what you see in an EVF will change!

WYSIWYG In Photography

‘WYSIWYG (pronounced ‘whizzywig’) is a digital version of the scene using an EVF.  As a photographer, you will see what your image is going to look like before you shoot it.  This can be a powerful tool!

Why Is WYSIWYG In Photography So Powerful?

IT’S A LEARNING TOOL.  You can practice different camera settings and experiment with different exposure formuals without taking an image!

IT SAVES TIME.  You can adjust things on the fly.  When light changes, no worries.  You’re gonna see it in real-time and make changes. If your model strikes a new pose, no problem! You’ll quickly adjust to the changes as they are presented to you.

IT LIMITS CHIMPING.  Chimping is taking a photo, and immediately looking at your image on your camera screen.  The problem with chimping is that you could be missing out other photos while you busy looking at your last one!  With WYSIWYG, you already know what the photography looks like.  You can quickly move on to your next masterpiece!

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