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Lesson 25 from: Sony A7 Mark II Series Fast Start

John Greengo

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25. Custom Set-Up: 1

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Custom Set-Up: 1

Okay, so we have jumped tabs and we're now in the customs setup menu and the difference between the camera settings and the customs setup has something that had me baffled for a long time, trying to figure out why are some of these features here and some of them not? And it has to do with the memory thing that we just talked about on the camera, the memory, one in memory to the memory, one and memory to memorizes everything in the first tab of information. Now that we have moved to the second tab of information, this stuff is not memorized by the camera and so that's one distinction, but you are going to find a mixed mash of there's, some video stuff in one and video in the other, facing one facing the other, focusing things in over in a variety of ones and so it's a little bit confusing. I apologize for that. All right? So first up is our zebras, which are going to show us are overexposed highlights, and this is a great way to tell how close your exposure is to being overexposed or pr...

operly exposed and there's different levels that you, khun set this act so let's do a quick little demo here, and we're going to go ahead on the back of the camera, and we're going to turn this on and let's go toothy second listen, we need to go to page one of the tool taps zebras and russ pick a number somewhere between seventy and a hundred let's go ninety five ninety five so we're gonna go to ninety five select ninety five on here and let's make some adjustments on our exposure let's go down to a slower shutter speed and now you can see the areas that are ninety five percent of the brightness and I believe this is like basically things that are five percent from being overexposed and so as we adjust our shutter speeds it covers more and more of an area and so this is a great way of checking out to see where the highlights are in a particular image. Now, personally, I find this extremely irritating when trying to compose an image but for technical reasons this is something that you might want to turn on and off through a custom menu. And so this is something that you can customize later on. So I'm gonna leave this turned off for right now that is the zebras next up is the manual focus assist option and this is where magnifies a portion of the image and I think we have already kind of demo this in some different modes and so this is another area that you would want a program toe a button if you use manual focus ah lot focus magnification time how long do you want to leave the camera magnified for and the favorite my favorite is no limit, which means you can focus a cz long as you want you can leave it there and judge it and determine whether it's in focus or not and when you press the shutter release it'll automatically kicked back to its normal full screen full frame mode. You can't have it turn off in a short amount of time if that works better for you but the shutter pressing the shutter halfway down will return the image to its normal position grid lines. We have the option of turning on a variety of grid lines for composition or a level horizon for centering the frame and so my general philosophy when it comes to setting the camera up is highest quality images as least interference and fuss going on and so generally my recommendation is turning these off but I do like him and I do sometimes use them so it is something that I think is quite valuable once again another item potentially to programme in for one of the custom buttons on the camera so for video they have their own marker display and so this is basically the on off switch and the next setting called marker settings is where you get to go in and choose exactly what those markers look like and so there's a lot of different looks to different types of movies with different aspect ratios, depending on how wide screen you want to shoot, for instance, on dh. So there are a variety of aspects that you could have cropped in frame now. It's still recording in a sixteen by nine aspect ratio. But, for instance, there's a number of movies that were shot in a two point, three five toe, one aspect ratio. And you would see those lines on the frame so that you would know how the image is going to be cropped later on. In post the safety zone is also nice for tv standards, knowing that you don't want to have two important of subjects too close to the edge on there. And so this is where you get to choose what type of marker? And then the marker display explains whether it's going to be shown or not in the viewfinder.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Sony® A7II Info and Menu List
Sony® A7RII info and Menu List
Sony® A7SII Info and Menu List

Ratings and Reviews

Diane Schulman

INCREDIBLE Class! I couldn't find anything on the internet that truly explained this camera, explained what it can and can't do and what accessories would work with it. I have had my Sony A7II for awhile now, but was so overwhelmed by it, I rarely even took it out of its case. It was just easier to use my Canon 5D III. After this class, I am so excited to finally practice with and use my Sony. John is an incredible teacher. He is thorough, professional, fun and knowledgeable! Buying this class was the best investment!!! I feel like I just got the gift of a new camera because I can finally use my Sony!!! Thanks John and Thanks Creative Live!!!

Enrique Vega es

I stored my Sony A7II for more than a year since I've been Canon's user for 7 years and I felt unsure of taking this new camera which implied a different menu system, different functions, a little bit intimidating. Finally, I took a bit of valor, put my camera next to the computer monitor for then start watching this guide and I spent a great time actually. I'm amazed at how helpful and clear is the sequence of the chapters. It was enough to get to chapter ten to know all the basic controls and start taking pictures with an equivalent confidence of my good old Canon, or even better since in the chapter 8th I learned how accurate and easy to use is the focusing system, either, manual or auto (For stills I've always used manual focusing). Very informative, enjoyable and now I became a new fan of the mirrorless cameras, at the point that I'm considering to buy another two :D


John is an excellent teacher! In fact his Fundamentals of Digital Photography 2014 was the first ever class I watched on CreativeLive, and since then I'm in love with his teaching style as well as with CreativeLive! I bought my Sony A7II in March 2015 and when I found out that John is giving a class on it I was very excited! As I expected I learnt many secrets about my camera which I had been using for 9 months already. For example about the option of focusing on the eyes, setting the buttons, making panoramas etc. The camera is still smarter than me I must admit. I am enjoying my Sony even more now since after the class I feel much more confident. Thank you John and CreativeLive for such an opportunity! I would recommend to everyone who has a Sony a7II camera and the other cameras in this line to watch this class. It's a concentrate of useful information, very detailed and to the point. I spent two days just watching the class and practicing new knowledge with my camera straight away. I had to postpone all the other life chores. And I would be ready to watch the class again after some time as it's a professional camera which needs a lot of practice!

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