Camera Settings 1: Pages 7-9


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Camera Settings 1: Pages 7-9

More things with auto-focus, so page seven, auto-focus micro- adjustment, so if you are using the older SLR style lenses, I shouldn't say they're older, because they are still making them, but if you are using the adaptors with them, there is a slight problem in that, when you are using the face detection system for focusing, the camera is trying to estimate where focusing distance is supposed to be, and then focus the lense there. Sometimes it's a little bit off, and you need to go in and make a small adjustment, a micro-adjustment, and so hopefully you'll never need to go in here, but if you do use the adapter and the SLR style lenses, and they're either front focusing or back focusing with the subject by a little margin, you can come in here and you can make an adjustment for that. Most people are not going to need to go in there and do that. Page eight deals with exposure, we have exposure compensation, and I can't imagine anyone diving this far into the menu to do this, because th...

ere is buttons straight on the back side of the camera, but it's possible that button may get reprogrammed. It's in the function menu, that may get reprogrammed so if you had to have that, you could dive all the way in here to find it, so it's always here to find if you need it. Same thing with ISO, there's two other better places to do it, the function menu and the button directly on the back of the camera, but those can be reassigned to other items and so you can always find it here. When dealing with the ISO, one of the options is auto ISO, where the camera figures out the correct ISO, or what it thinks is the best ISO for you, and the way it figures this out is by, when it hits a certain shutter speed, it starts giving you a higher ISO, the big question is, what shutter speed does it switch over and start giving you a different ISO? Well this is where you can go in and choose a specific shutter speed to change at, so that when it hits 500th of a second, if it wants to go lower than that, set it to a higher shutter speed. One of the other options is the standard option, so here I want to show you in camera, a little bit about what's going on, and so let's get this over to page eight, with the ISO auto minimum shutter speed. And so, let's go in here and it's at standard right now so you can select, let's see, we have a number of different shutter speeds that we can select from in here, but one of the ones is standard, and so if I have this camera set up, and let's make sure it's in auto ISO right now, which it isn't, auto ISO right here, so in auto ISO, and I'm going to put it in aperture priority, and so what happens, well actually let me, let me see if I want to be this in pro- ... in program mode, does that make this easier ... actually I think I should be able to do this in aperture priority mode, so as I change apertures in here, yeah, so what's happening is that at F4, it seems to be fine with 100th of a second, and as I stop the aperture down, it only wants to go down to 80th one 100th of a second, and it's compensating with a faster ISO, so right now it's at 6400, as I open up to F4, it's at 1250. So in the menu system I can go in here to auto ISO, and I can come over to standard, and I can change this either faster or I can go slower, so let's go faster. Let's go faster, set it there, so now it wants to keep a faster shutter speed, so it's trying to do about two stops faster on the shutter speed, so no matter where I set the aperture, it's trying to set a faster shutter speed, now it's not getting very fast right there. And so let's go ahead and change this to a slower shutter speed, right here, and so now we're down at one 25th of a second, and so any time we hit down and and we get down to a lower shutter speed, it will flip the, it'll start changing the ISO, but only when it gets down to this slower shutter speed. So this kind of depends on how steady you are at holding the camera, and so when it comes to the recommendations for an average user, yeah you can set this on standard, if you are pretty steady about holding your camera, you can set this down at the slower standard. If you're going to be shooting action where you need faster shutter speeds, and you're going to be using auto ISO, that might be a reason to go to the faster side. Next up is the metering mode, we had this in the function menu so it's here in case you reassign that particular area. Spot metering point, so the question is, do you want to link the spot metering to where you are focusing? Some people like it, some people don't, there's a lot of people who think it's a good idea because then you can have a really clear box as to where the camera is doing that spot metering, and so I think a lot of people do like to have that feature turned on. Exposure step, so, the camera normally works in third stops, which is about the smallest amount of light difference that most humans can really see in a final photograph, but if you wanted to change it to half stops so that you could more quickly change through the exposures, that's an option for you, but most items these days are in third stops, when it comes to lenses, flashes, light meters, and so forth. Moving on to page nine of 14, also dealing with exposure, auto exposure lock with the shutter. If you want, you can have the camera lock the exposure when you press half way down. Now the auto option on this means that the shutter and exposure will lock when you are in the AFS focusing mode, but not in the AFC mode, and some people have strong preferences on this, a lot of people just leave this turned off because they want the exposure to adjust to the new area that they're going to be shooting. Depends a little bit on how you shoot on this one. Exposure standard adjustment, and so, this is first off, I hope you never have to change this. If your metering modes are not giving you the proper exposure, if you find that whenever you put it to spot meter, it's always a little too dark, well you could go in here and you could tweak and adjust the spot meter a little bit, so that it meters more according to what you think is a proper meter reading. If your meter adjusted over the years, you could tweak it in here, best chance is that you're never going to have to deal with this feature in the camera.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But reading dense technical manuals can be time-consuming and frustrating. Get the most out of your new Sony A6500 with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features. 

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a Creativelive Student

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