Sony® A7 Mark II Series Fast Start


Sony® A7 Mark II Series Fast Start


Lesson Info

Camera Menu: 4

Next page is our focus settings, and this is choosing where we're going to focus, and this is ah horrible place to come to in the menu to make this change. Normally you're just going to do that on the camera and let's go to a live demo on this camera. I don't know that I showed this to you completely earlier on, but let's, make sure our cameras were turned on let's just sort of programme mode, nice and simple frame up our subjects here, and so if I want to change the focusing system, I have it programmed to the sea to button on the top here, so it's little hard to see me setting it, but when I pressed that button, we get this information down here in the bottom, right? And so I'm going to turn the dial and that's going to change through the different modes of the different sized focusing brackets and so let's say, I'm choosing the large spot, then I can go up and I can start moving this around to the different parts on the frame. And so if I go back to shooting and I decide, I would li...

ke to move that to someplace else, I can hit that button, and then I can start moving it in a different direction, and we can move that focusing point around. But one of the things you'll notice is that when I hit the button, I have to press this button once to activate the direction part of it and then hit it again to make that change. And so if I wanted to change to the small point, I would dial over to the small section hit, enter and then I could actually, then I need to hit the button again how I hit the display, but that was the problem, and now I can move it around. And so now I can choose a very small area in which to focus get that display offer there. There we go. All right. So that's just a little bit more on the focusing system and so that's what they call focusing cities the a f illuminator is that low light in front. We talked about that when we talked about the front of the camera and what happens here is it's got a little light, it acts like a flashlight and it shines a light. If you are a private detective who works in darkened cars at night on the street, you definitely want to turn this mode off because it's going to give away your position and the fact that you're taking photos and so I like to be as discreet as possible when I'm shooting, so I always turn this off a f drive speed now you'll notice the little movie indicator because beside this which means it is something that is only working on the movie moz and so we have fast, normal and slow and one might think, well, what did I want this as fast as possible? And this is where it's kind of tracking a subject as it's moving around and the problem was setting it fast is it gets a little bit jumpy between its transitions and it makes that jump between focusing a little too quick and so you will need to match this setting with the type of environment and subjects you are shooting. And so I think normal is a good place to leave it at if somebody's moving around very slowly it's going to be more smooth and the video that it captures with the changing of the focus by changing this down too slow so I would probably stay away from fast and probably play around with slow and normal. The tracking sensitivity is the ability of this camera to track a subject as it's moving it's very closely related to the drive speed but this is the sensitivity of what it's looking for. So for instance let's say you're videotaping me right now and russ was to get up and walk in front of me across the room do you want the camera to immediately focus on russ as he crosses in front of me? Well, what if he's only there for just a half second? You probably don't want it to jump there too quickly and so if you did want it to jump to that new subject that stepped in front of the frame you would set it on high but by setting it on high it's going to be a little bit more jumpy as it goes back and forth and so this is kind of how long you want it to stay on a particular subject and so normal is the good place to start. You can play around with it if you shoot a lot of video and action around it expose your compensation well, we talked about this in the function settings we talked about it cause it's got a whole dial on the top of it but we can do it here is well exposure steps so on the camera changing shutter speeds you can choose either third stops or half stops depending on how accurate you want to get. Most people leave this at third stops that's just I think probably just where most people keep it at partly because that's where the cameras come with her from the factory but it's also about the smallest change in light that a person can notice between two images if you looked at two images and one was just a tiny bit lighter than the other that's probably about a third stop but if you need to change it for a half half stops, I know I have a light meter that works in half stops. And if I wanted to get it to match up with that, you could change it over for that.

Class Description

Learn how to get the most out of your Sony® A7 Mark II series camera. Whether you've chosen the Sony® A7R Mark II, the Sony® A7S Mark II, or the Sony® A7 Mark II, this class will give you an in-depth instruction on your camera’s critical functions. 

John will guide you through the features, menus, and buttons on your camera, giving you the confidence you need to take pictures like a pro. You’ll learn about: 

  • The features, menus and buttons on all 3 Sony models 
  • How to use the cameras in different shooting situations 
  • Maximizing the use of the cameras 
This in-depth class will help everyone from amateurs to professionals, get the most out of the incredible Sony® A7 Mark II series cameras.