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Talking Photographic Workflows with Sam Hurd

Sam Hurd photographs a lot of weddings every month and year. One thing that has drastically changed his workflow for making photos at weddings was fully embracing live view.


His journey with live view started before switching to mirrorless, but now Sam is using Canon mirrorless cameras.


Before using the Canon R3, Sam used the flip screen’s live view 90% of the time. Following the switch to the Canon R3, Sam is using the camera’s electronic viewfinder more because of the Eye Control AF. That technology tracks where the photographer is looking and focuses on that spot.


That means he has does not have to focus manually as much or use his fingers to focus as much.


From DLSR to mirrorless cameras, live view and electrics viewfinders have changed the wedding photography game for Sam Hurd.


  1. The photographer has to use their hands to hold the camera and focus through an optical viewfinder with a traditional DSLR camera.

  2. With an LCD with live view, photographers could look at a real-time view of their subjects and tap the screen to autofocus.

  3. Electronic viewfinders (tiny LCD screens) became the norm with mirrorless cameras, along with dramatically improved real-time viewing.

  4. With new technologies and in-camera AI, cameras can recognize your subject's eyes for more accurate autofocus. Cameras can also recognize your eye for autofocus without adjustment with your hands. This technology frees up your hands so you can concentrate on other aspects of your photography, like framing and timing your shots.


Do you prefer viewfinders or screens? Comment to share.


Watch and listen to Sam Hurd talking about this in detail in a clip from episode 3 of our podcast, Workflows.

If you are interested in hearing more from Sam, including his entire workflow from lead to delivery, listen to the full episode wherever you listen to podcasts or the official Workflows podcast page.


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