How to Simulate Looking Through a DSLR Viewfinder

If you’re creating a short film that requires a “through the viewfinder” clip, there’s an easier way to create it than pointing your camera through an actual viewfinder (does anyone actually do that?). In the short tutorial above, Luke Neumann of Neumann Films shows how you can simulate the look of a viewfinder by overlaying your footage with some focusing screen images. All the necessary image and audio files are available as a free download.

Here’s a screenshot showing the resulting look (the video above has a sample clip as well):

(via planet5D)

  • pryere

    This will be useful. thanks.

  • KeeFyBeeFy

    1/48 shutter speed? LOL

  • Luke Neumann

    Video joke…

  • Ralph Hightower

    Okay, sometime before this article, today, I learned that DSLRs don’t have split screen microprisms.
    Since I’ve gotten my motor drive fixed, my right thumb doesn’t get as much exercise. The mirror flip-up generates a sound that DSLRs also create, but they don’t have the sound of advancing film.
    It’s going to be a huge mind-shift for me when I get a DSLR that autofocuses for me.
    But, hey! It’ll be great! I can reduce the frequency of my eye exams and still take awesome photographs while driving around like Mr. Magoo.

  • Dave

    Great tutorial. For continuity freaks like me, a couple improvements would be: after the shot of the photographer turning his camera 90 degrees for a vertical shot, have a graphic of a vertical viewfinder ready to overlay (instead of a horizontal representation of the viewfinder). Also, make sure the red focus points are arranged on a likely part of the frame. A dslr would have more likely chosen either the closest point of focus or the contrastiest point.

  • Meru

    The serif font is horrible. Sane industrial designer wouldn’t choose serif font for such little signs as in viewfinder.

  • KeeFyBeeFy

    Don’t get it. Care to enlighten?

  • Zoo Patrol

    You’re awesome