I watched a couple of Youtube tutorial videos by this Nikon Help Hotline guy: http://www.youtube.com/user/Lilkiwiguy87
A lot of the shots are to be done with tripod - ok fair enough - but I am puzzled by two things:
1. He recommends removing the filters in many situation.
2. He recommends "curtain down" on the viewfinder (or covering it up) then use live view - "to reduce the chance of light coming in".
For (1), ok I can understand that one less piece of glass with improve the light coming in. But for (2), does (a) light escape into the system via the view finder, and (b) when I shoot in live view, I hear extra "kaa-chaa" (extra mechanical flipping?) - won't that introduce shake?
Also, I have heard some people say that on tripod, don't use VR coz it may just compensate for vibration that aren't there, i.e., VR is only for handheld-shots.
What do people think?