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Discussion in 'Help Team' started by Stephen Platt, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. Stephen Platt

    Stephen Platt New Member


    I am doing some close up photography and have a Nikon D3200, my eyesight is not at its best and the Liveview is quite small so focusing is difficult. I have been using Digicamcontrol and Smart Shooter tethering software on my laptop but the picture quality is not as sharp as Liveview. Does anyone have any recommendations for improving the picture quality or recommend a different type of screen/monitor that will help.
  2. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    You can use the '+' button to zoom in once in Live View mode. Then use manual focus to get it sharp. Hope that helps.
  3. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    I thought what you saw with tethering software was the direct sensor output. If it looks unsharp on a big screen then either focus is off or you are at the limit of what the lens can deliver. It may be that you are seeing the full aperture view, try stopping down. The liveview screen probably looks sharper because everything is closer together.
  5. cliveva

    cliveva Well-Known Member

    May seem a daft question, but are you wearing reading glasses to view live view?
  6. Stephen Platt

    Stephen Platt New Member

    thanks for your replies, yes I do wear glasses but liveview is a bit small so I am using tethering software to increase the size of the image
  7. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    Liveview shows you the end picture.
    Your tethering software may show you the raw image from the sensor, which will not be as sharp as the finished product.
    Do you have Lightroom? This supports tethering, so you could take the shot directly and see whether what you see on screen is what you get (shoot Raw plus JPEG).
  8. Stephen Platt

    Stephen Platt New Member


    thanks for the reply, as far as I am aware Lightroom does not support Nikon D3200 cameras
  9. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    That's a shame. I just checked, and it is Nikons fault, as their SDK doesn't support D3xxx cameras
  10. Stephen Platt

    Stephen Platt New Member

    yes ...it is the case with a lot of tethering software

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