How To Find Your Dominant Eye So You Can Take Better Pictures

Just like we each have a preferred hand, we also have a dominent eye. In most cases, this is the eye that prefers visual input and the one you should use when looking through a viewfinder and taking photos (or shooting, darts and any other one-eye activity). Reddit user ElementK shares an easy way to determine your dominent eye.

Photo by Julia Lamphear.

ElementK's technique is one of many, but it's one of the easiest to do:

  • Extend both hands forward of your body and place the hands together making a small triangle (approximately 1-2cm per side) between your thumbs and the first knuckle like this.
  • With both eyes open, look through the triangle and centre something such as a doorknob in the triangle.
  • Close your left eye. If the object remains in view, you are right eye dominant. If closing your right eye keeps the object in view, you are left eye dominant.

Whichever eye is dominent should be used to look through the viewfinder of your camera. Give it a shot for yourself — you might be surprised with the results.

Here's a neat trick to determine your dominant eye (the eye you should probably use to look through the viewfinder) [Reddit via DIY Photography]


    That's awesome. Eye know my alpha orb now.

    So I'm left-eyed. Also left-footed. But right handed.

    That sux.I'm right eye dominant but my right eye is blurry because of an incompetent opthamologist. No wonder my eyes are always tired.

    Did this a few times... Seems I switch between eyes nearly each time.

    Then again I may be right handed but I never really believed that held any purpose. So I became equally good with both after awhile. Might be true of my eyes, legs, feet, arms, nuts too.

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