How to shoot with both eyes open

by DaniGirl on June 15, 2012 · 1 comment

in Photography

Have you ever noticed that some photographers shoot with both eyes open? This makes a lot of sense to me and I’ve tried to do it for years without success. And then recently, I figured out why — I’ve been looking with the wrong eye!

196:365 Portrait of the artist in her natural environment

Did you know that everyone has one dominant eye? Want to figure out whether your left or right eye is dominant? Make a little frame or circle with your thumbs and index fingers and hold it with your arms extended in front of you. Now find something across the room and look at it through your little frame. First focus on it with both eyes, and then without moving your hands, close one eye and then the other. With your dominant eye, the object will still seem to be in the centre of your little frame. Neat, eh?

Apparently my left eye is dominant, which is interesting because I’ve spent 20+ years with my right eye crammed up against a viewfinder. And I was totally surprised to realize that if I look through the viewfinder with my left eye, I can shoot with both eyes open! Now I can stay dry and defend myself against random eagle attacks. Cuz yanno, there are a lot of wild creatures on the loose in Manotick…

I wonder how long it will take to retrain myself to shoot with my left eye?


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1 Cinamongirl17 June 15, 2012 at 8:15 am

Interesting! I thought being right handed my right eye would be dominant but I did the test and looks like my left eye is dominant!

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