... And are same height as Roger. Shorter people may not get as good results without a step ladder.
You know Brian, I'm 5'-8". Yeah, short! Anyway If I hold my Hasselblad with waist level finder up to my face or I attach the prism finder it really doesn't make much difference. What do I gain? About 6"?
Food for thought, but I probably do not agree. To clarify, I am talking about full body images, not shoulder/face portraits. I can see the point for the latter.
I am chuckling, because I am picturing a couple of wedding participants that I definitely did not want to photograph with a camera that emphasized the waist most of all.
And a camera at waist level tends to do that.
I think the most important thought for me on this issue is that a photographer needs to be able to choose the camera height that is most suitable for the circumstances.
Tall, long-legged models showing off expensive fashions vs. people with significantly different body types and outfits - it is nice to be able to adjust.
Here is me with the camera that I used most for my wedding work, although the lens pictured was used more for closer portraits:
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2