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Sony A7 III Fast Start

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Menu Pages 3-5: Shoot Mode/Drive 1/AF1

John Greengo

Sony A7 III Fast Start

John Greengo

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14. Menu Pages 3-5: Shoot Mode/Drive 1/AF1
Adjust settings for multiple photos including burst mode settings and image bracketing by learning the shoot mode menu.


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1 Class Introduction Duration:16:37
2 Photo Basics Duration:04:38
4 Camera Controls: Mode Dial Duration:26:05
5 Camera Controls: Top Deck Duration:18:35
9 Left & Right Side Controls Duration:07:02
10 Bottom Controls Duration:04:59
11 Front Controls & Lenses Duration:13:16
15 Menu Page 6: AF2 Duration:05:42
16 Menu Pages 7 & 8: AF3 & AF4 Duration:05:56
19 Menu Page 13: Focus Assist Duration:06:03
20 Menu Page 14: Shooting Assist Duration:06:29
21 Camera Settings: Movie Duration:07:43
25 Network Menu Duration:11:19
26 Playback Menu Duration:07:18
27 Setup Menu Duration:26:52
28 My Menu Overview Duration:08:13
29 Camera Operation Duration:10:14

Lesson Info

Menu Pages 3-5: Shoot Mode/Drive 1/AF1

Next page scene selection. When you are in the scene mode, you can come in here and select it. But you can also just turn the dial on the camera. So it's a bit redundant but, in here as well. Drive mode, we've talked about this a couple of times before. It's just once again listed in here 'cause it's listed everywhere else. Bracket settings. We talked a little bit before. It's one of the options in the drive mode, but this where you can really customize this a little bit more. One of the problems with the bracket mode is that you can't set bracket and self timer at the same time. But if you do wanna use the self timer and the bracket you can come in here and add a self timer to your bracket settings. This can be really handy for people on a tripod who do not have the external cable release. This is one that I like to change. The bracket order. It's a little bit awkward shooting the normal one first and then going back and forth between light and dark. If you shoot a large series of bra...

ckets this is just gonna get confusing when you look at your kind of thumbnail view of all of your images. The one that a lot of photographers like is just to shoot it from darkest to brightest so that you have this nice series of images going from dark to light. And so I think that's a good option change on this camera. Next up are the recall options on the camera. So you remember dial, mode dial on the top of the camera. One and two allows you to set memorized positions. And so you can go in here to recall information from your memorized one through four settings. If you want to set that information into the memory you would do so right here. And so you would set the camera up as you want it. Maybe you're gonna have it in shutter priority, 1/500th of a second in high speed motor drive. Come in here, and set that to one two or one of the other M one through four settings. And then when you dial it to one and two, or whatever setting you have set it's gonna work very quickly being able to change over to those modes. Here is where you get to select which media the memory recall is stored to. So one option if you do like using those M one through fours is maybe put that card in slot two, and your picture card in slot one. It's a little bit of an imperfect scenario. It seems like Sony should have just put on a little memory in the camera to store it in camera. But, this is what we are left to deal with. And so that's the way it works. All right, next page. Register custom shooting settings. And so this dives into a little bit of a sub-menu here. And so we have a number of buttons that can be programed on our camera. And we have a number of recall custom holds that we can set. And what we're doing here is you know the position one and two on the top of the camera that memorizes a bunch of settings, well that's all fine and dandy. But I have to go all the way up to the top of the camera and turn the dial to one and two. And sometimes that's just a little too much effort. Sometimes I wanna just press a button and change everything. Doesn't that sound nice. Just press a button and change everything. So that's what you can do with this. And you can set up to three buttons to change everything the way that you want it to. And so you can program one of these buttons to be a recall one, two, and three. And then you can go in and set all the features that you want in here. And so let's quickly dive into the menu. And look at what this does. And so what page are we on? Let's see we need to get over to register custom shooting. So I'm gonna hit the set button in here. We're gonna do it to number one. And we're gonna choose a bunch of things. And just to be real quick, I'm gonna go in here and make these changes kind of like I just said. Let's go with shutter priority. I prefer a shutter speed of, let's go with 1/1000th of a second. Let's set the drive mode to continuous shooting. Let's, let's just have it jump up ISO 800. Okay, so those are our settings. 1/1000th of a second. Continuous shooting. ISO, oh that's 8000. Fine enough. We'll just let it be set there. All these other changed we can make in here we're not gonna worry about it right now. Change as many of these things as you want. We're gonna register that as custom hold number one. Okay, at this point, I have done nothing on my camera. I've set it up to do something. But it's not fully set. What I need to do is I need to go in. I need to program one of these buttons. And we're gonna do, I gotta get to where I change the buttons, which is eight of nine. Custom key. I'm gonna change number one and I need to go find, and I don't know exactly where this is, do I? Is it on two? There it is. Recall custom hold number one. So custom button number one is gonna do recall custom hold number one. All of those parameters that I set in. So now let's take a look on the back of my camera. And let's actually I'm gonna change to, this display so you can see. So, how do I have the camera set up right now? It's in program. We see our shutter speeds. We see we're in single shot. Where is the ISO on here? Where is my ISO? ISO is set in auto right now. So when I press C one, watch what happens to the camera. It automatically changes over to those pre programmed settings that I had. Shutter priority, 1/1000th of a second. We're on the high speed motor drive. And our ISO is up at, ISO 8000. And so when I release my finger off the button it jumps back to that program mode. And so you can change completely different modes from where you're shooting one, two, and three to these different recall custom modes. It's a very powerful setting that you can quickly change to massively different settings on your camera. All right, next page dealing with auto focus. The focus mode. Hey, we talked about this before. Single, continuous, variety of other options. So you can dive into the menu to do it. But it's in the function menu. And there's currently a button set for this right now. When it's in the auto focus single mode, you can set it to auto focus priority so it has to be in focus when it shoots. And that's what most people like. There is a release mode where it will fire even if it's out of focus. And that could be a little dangerous and so you gotta be very careful about setting that. There is a balanced emphasis that kind of tries to focus but then if it can't, it'll let you shoot. But I think the safest option is to put it in AF here. Story is a little different when it comes to contentious, which is we're talking about sports and action photography, if you put it in the release mode, the camera will shoot very very quickly and rapidly and try to stay at that 10 frames a second if you have it set. But balanced emphasis will allow it to work a little bit more with focusing. And the idea here is that the camera in these continuous focusing modes is trying to focus and it's trying to shoot photos at the same time. So these are like two different divisions of a company trying to do different things. And this balance between them, okay, try really hard to focus. Okay, now we gotta shoot. Now try really hard to focus again. It's a pretty good emphasis. If you are getting too many out of focus shots or your camera is not firing fast enough, this is an option that you might wanna get in and play with to adjust to your needs. The focus area. This is something that we saw previously on the C two button. It's just changing which area we are using with focusing. But it can be programmed to many other buttons on the camera. Focus setting. This is basically the joystick on the camera. But if you wanted to access it through the menu system, you could and you can here. Switching from vertical to horizontal. So when you switch from horizontal to vertical the focus point stays relative the same in the frame, which can be kind of irritating 'cause you're trying to compose in a certain way. So I like having this set up so that when I switch I can have a new focusing point set in a different area relationship to the frame. And so I like being able to change the auto focus point and auto focus area so that I can keep kind of a similar composition but changing from horizontal to vertical. And so it's a feature that's very handy for a lot of people doing sports and action photography.

Class Description


  • Use the advanced focusing system with 425 Contrast points and 693 phase detection points
  • Understand and leverage bracketing options for Exposure, White Balance and Dynamic Range Optimizer
  • Use the multitude of customizing options
  • Use video features like 4K video, slow motion, and time-lapse
  • Better use any modern mirrorless features like the EVF


Sony set the bar high by calling the Sony A7 III a basic mirrorless camera, packing the $2,000 body-only digital camera with a 24.2 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor and image processor capable of 10 fps. The entry level full frame camera is being touted as one of the best options for full frame, even among Canon and Nikon competitors.

This class helps you get the most of your Sony camera with a complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features, whether you are just picking up the a7 III for the first time or you want to learn new tricks for your well-loved camera. Join expert photographer John Greengo as he gives you all the information you need to understand this Sony Alpha camera's buttons, menus, and functions -- without the 642-page instruction manual.


Anyone who has purchased, or is thinking about purchasing the Sony A7 III

Sony A7 III


John Greengo is a veteran instructor and an experienced photographer with over 50 Fast Start classes in the CreativeLive catalog. He has dove into the complex menu systems of multiple Sony cameras including the a6000, a6500, a9, and a7r III, as well as mirrorless and DSLRs from Panasonic, Nikon, and Canon. Besides being adept at dissecting new cameras, John works as a travel and outdoor photographer. With his experience in analyzing camera manuals, he will discuss the complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. After this class, you’ll be able to use your new Sony A7 III with confidence.


a Creativelive Student

John GreengO! What a wonderful teacher! As always to the point. You do all the testing for us and we get an amazing tour of the camera. Really thrilled with your class once again. Thanks a lot!


Thanks John. Another great class! I appreciate the thorough explanations. I many never use all of the features on this camera but at least I know what they do. Love all of your classes and would definitely recommend them.


Wonderful class. John is a great instructor. Learned a lot. Only wish he'd include a bit more on using a7iii to shoot video, such as using Clear Image Zoom, and including video in the ending Camera Operation settings section. Loved the course though.