#2 Focusing with Live-ViewAt first, when I have bought my Nikon D7000 I was wondering if Live-View would actually be useful. I would never have decided to buy a camera just for Live-View. It seemed to be nice to have, but not necessary at all actually. Since for composing I would always use viewfinder.One thing is true – I usually do not use Live-View for composing a picture, Nevertheless, by now I would be stranded without it. The reason is that Live-View gives you a great advantage when it comes to manual focus. But this does only work when using a tripod.In Live-View mode you can zoom in digitally by pressing zoom in button at the bottom left of the camera. At the same time, by using multi selector you can move the zoomed selection to the detail you want to focus on. You are then able to precisely adjust manual focus on the camera display what is way more comfortable than focusing with viewfinder only. This should work similarly with Canon cameras.
#1 Using a TripodDuring the last month I have used my tripod more regularly. Once you have started dealing with photography more seriously there is just no way around. Especially when it comes to long exposures or macro. When reading any book or article on photography basics you will always get the advice to use a tripod to increase picture quality. I have made the same experience. So, when you are wondering why you don't get sharp pictures, get yourself a tripod and you will know.Every shot may need more preparation, but it's worth it. Besides, dealing with every shot more intensively had actually trained my eye for composition and helped me to get a better feeling for camera settings.