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Sony A7 III Fast Start

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Playback Menu

John Greengo

Sony A7 III Fast Start

John Greengo

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26. Playback Menu
The playback menu contains all the options for working with images after you've shot them. Walk through the playback menu options, from deleting images and rating images to jumpstart the culling process.


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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

Playback Menu

Moving on to the playback mode. When you are playing back images, you can protect images, you can do multiple, you can get in with all with date. This prevents them from being deleted in the camera. Rotating the images so that you can see the maximum size image or the image in the correct rotation. This can be done in a few different ways but this is just to do it manually. We had a question on this earlier in the class about deleting images and normally there is a theory that I don't totally subscribe to but it does make some logical sense and that is rule is you should never delete in camera. That's because A, you might want that photo later on or it might cause a communication problem between the card and the camera and might is true, but that's a very low probability that anything will happen and so if you do want to delete, there's the garbage can on the back of the camera but that requires several button presses to make it all work right and so if you do know that you want to del...

ete in camera, a lot of images, it's best to go into the delete option here and then just kinda walk through your images with a check mark on all the ones you want to get deleted and then you can hit delete once to get rid of them. You can rate your images and when cameras first started putting rating on them, I thought this was one of the dumbest things ever put into a camera, but fact of the matter is is that this gets attached to the metadata and it's a great way for marking images that you know at the time that you took them are good. If you're stuck in an airport and you're trying to kill a few hours, you can get a jumpstart on the editing of your images by going through and star rating some of your images and so it does have its place. You can also rating set according to a custom key, so you can set a key on your camera, like C1 or C to be one star, two star, so as you're going through your images, rather than working with the menu system, you can just quickly press a key and automatically add a star rating system to that particular image. You can hook the camera up to a printer and print directly from the camera. This is gonna go through and help you decide what size of images, how many images, which images you're gonna print and so forth. Not something a lot of people do, once again, but it's available. We do have two card slots in the camera so if you want you could be recording to card slot one and then at some later point in time put in a card into slot two and copy everything over. This can be really handy, say for a group of photographers traveling on tour and they want to share images with one another but they didn't bring computers with them. Let me put your memory card in my camera and I'll just copy over that image to your card. It's nice to be able to copy images from card to card without needing a full computer to do it. Photo capture is just another way of grabbing a still shot from a video frame. We saw this earlier in the playback mode but we can do it from the menu system as well. Enlarging the image allow us to zoom in. There is a button on the back of the camera for this but other buttons can be programmed in for doing this. Initial magnification, standard or previous, if you want to choose it on the same that you had before, you would set it on previous but standard magnification will work for most people. The position of the enlargement, you can have it go to the center of the frame or the place that you focused which makes a lot more sense to me because that's the area of critical focus, and so it's kinda nice that you're not just going to the center of the frame and then having to navigate where it's the most important part of the frame. If you want to hook the camera up to a TV or monitor for a slideshow you can do an in-camera slideshow and this would help you set that slideshow up with the interval and which images and so forth. Once again, in the playback, you can choose which card slot you are playing from, and so one or two. The view mode, you can choose which type of images that you are looking at either in the slideshow or just on the back of the camera. You can choose different video modes that you've been through or different folders that you've created on the camera. Image index can be set at either nine or 25 images, whatever your preference. Display continuous shooting group is for sports photographers. Sometimes they shoot in bursts of images and they kinda see that burst of images as a single image that they will suss out later on and some people just want to see all the individual images in a row, but what it does is it kinda groups them up into one visual stacking so for those of you familiar with Lightroom, it's the equivalent of stacking in Lightroom. Display rotation, and Sony's got the best on the market of this particular feature. Manual is good for TV because it keeps images always set for horizontal format but it's not convenient for looking at. Normally I would recommend off because it's the maximum size image and generally when we look at our images and we want to see them on the maximum size we may need to turn the camera 90 degrees, enables us to see the images really big but they have an auto setting which automatically senses which direction the camera is being held and it turns the image so that you can easily see it, and so if you want, you can turn the camera 90 degrees to see a bigger image if you want, or not. Image jump setting, so normally on the camera, there is a dial for going back and forth through images one at a time and if you want to jump by a different category you can do so with a different dial. Here you can choose which dial that is that you're jumping with and the next step, you can choose the jump method. You can choose by protected or rating and so this is a quick way to get from image to image. Now this might seem kinda weird but let me tell you, this has made me look like an absolutely wonderful photographer. I was at an event and I was shooting a thousand photographs and I went through and I two starred about the 25 best images that I shot during the day, and then when I handed the camera to somebody, I said here, turn this dial to go from image to image and every image they saw was one of my best images of the day because they were my two star images and so it is kind of a nice way just to jump and show those highlight images that you want to share with somebody on the back of the camera.

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.