Best Rear Screen Tip Ever to Fix Portrait Preview [for Modern Cameras]

November 04, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

I know the title says tip and I usually reserve my tips for Monday mornings.  However, I wanted to share more details than my typical short Monday tip.  I have been using digital cameras for quite a while.   I have had a DLSR since 2008 and I just learned how to do something.  To be fair, I didn't think it was a problem until I was working as a second shooter at a wedding. 

So, let's define the problem:
I take a portrait-oriented photo and see the image on my LCD screen as a full-screen image but it quickly rotates so that when I hold the camera in landscape orientation, the image is upright.  The problem is the image is reduced in size to fit and leaves a lot of unused space on the LCD screen.

Desired result:
I want the image to not rotate and use the full screen of the LCD on the back of my camera.  I can rotate the camera to get a better view.

What is interesting is this feature is not new.  I was not aware of it even on my older cameras.  I have three Canon cameras that I regularly use.  My oldest is the Rebel EOS xTi, my next oldest is the Rebel EOS t5i, and my main camera is the 5D Mark IV.   I checked this setting on my Canon 5D Mark IV and here is the menu item to change

rearscreen-TNRear Screen of Camera On all three cameras, this menu is found under the wrench and all look the same.  Once you select Auto-rotate you will have something like the image above and that is the default setting:  On to rotate on the camera and for the file when you view on your computer.

There are three settings to choose from:

  1. Default: On[Camera][Computer]
  2. Computer only: On[Computer]
  3. Off: No rotation is applied on either

If you are like me, you will likely find option 2 to be the best choice.  This gives you a full-screen preview on the LCD and allows the file to be auto-rotated for the computer.  

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