Open wide: Keeping both your eyes open while shooting provides more awareness and connection
posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 3:00 PM EST
Photographer David Bergman has an ongoing video series for Adorama TV, "Two Minute Tips," in which he shares tips and tricks from his expansive career as a professional photographer. We have previously covered some of the videos in the series and today we'll look at his latest video, "Eyes Wide Shut."
No, Bergman's new video isn't about the late 90s Kubrick thriller, but rather about keeping both your eyes open while shooting. As he points out, most photographers press their eye up to their camera's viewfinder and then close their other eye. However, in some situations, you ought to keep both your eyes open. Bergman admits this can feel funny and be disorienting, but it allows you to better anticipate action outside of your frame, which is very important when photographing action. For portrait photographers, it is easier to interact with your subject when your non-viewfinder eye is open, so this tip is not just for action photography.