Visualize Before You Shoot With the Mark II Artist’s Viewfinder

The old adage “measure twice, cut once,” has been sage advice for generations of artists and craftsmen, from stonecutters to seamstresses. Of course, it applies to modern creative work too, including digital photography. The ability to visualize a shot before you reach for your gear can save you time and effort, and yield better results.

The Mark II Artist’s Viewfinder is an app for iPhones and iPads that allows you to accurately visualize what shots you can get in any situation by simulating various combinations of camera bodies and lenses. It works like your camera, so you can access the same features you’re used to. Then frame the shot, and click to save a full resolution photo for reference. Use the app to choose camera placement and compositions. Then when you’re ready to shoot, you know exactly which lens to reach for.

The app’s database contains more than 470 still and motion picture cameras, plus 150 medium/large format backs and countless lenses. And you can also define your own custom cameras and lenses.



The app is full-featured but pricey (at least by app standards) at $24.99 in the iTunes store.

For the full list of supported devices, check the Tech Specs page at

Posted on: March 4, 2014

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

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