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My theory of composition? Simple: do not release the shutter until everything in the viewfinder feels just right.
— Ernst Haas —

I have spent too much time with my eye glued to the viewfinder and ended up missing both the image of the mind and that on film.

— Doug Peacock

The key question of time travel," my father says, "is this: How do we know what it means to perceive an event as presently occurring, rather than as a memory of a past event? How can we tell present from past? And how do we move the infinitesimal window of the present through the viewfinder at such a constant rate? Why can we see a faraway snow-tipped mountain range, or a jet taking off, or the moon, or the sun, or stars, and not an event that took place a moment ago, let alone a month ago, a year, thirty-three years ago?

— Charles Yu

I use primal imagery, so maybe it's fitting that I use the most primitive of cameras [pinhole cameras]. Since there's no viewfinder, the image is much more of a surprise - as if some outsider came and looked at earth for the first time.

— Barbara Ess

I don't particularly care about photographic authorship. Whether an astronaut who doesn't even have a viewfinder makes an image, a robotic camera, a military photographer, or Mike Light really doesn't matter. What matters is the context of the final photograph and the meaning it generates within that context.

— Michael Light

'Ornithologists concluded that migratory birds take hundreds of naps as they fly; they also practice unilateral eye closure, in which one eye closes, thereby permitting half the brain to sleep.' Is this what happens when photographers close one eye to look through a viewfinder? If so, they might be operating with only half a brain. Perhaps that explains ...

— Bill Jay

I really don't worry too much about what I see through the viewfinder, at least not at that point, especially if I'm using a flash because I don't know what it's going to do. I just see vague potentiality. It's really working with a set of attributes that will hopefully interact in an interesting way.

— John Divola

Something very ugly to you as a person can look beautiful through the viewfinder, but being able to find that beauty, oftentimes, means seeing the humanity within the frame. If you turn that off completely, you don't see at all.

— Zana Briski

Sometimes I photograph without looking through the viewfinder. I have mastered that well enough, it is almost as if I were looking through it.

— Josef Koudelka

My theory of composition? Simple: do not release the shutter until everything in the viewfinder feels just right.

— Ernst Haas

Looking through the viewfinder for me is like being in a movie theater. That's what I like about it.

— Lou Reed

The digital process gives me total control over how I want the film to look. The films look like they did when I was first looking through the viewfinder.

— William Friedkin

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