Front Controls


Sony A7r III Fast Start


Lesson Info

Front Controls

Let's look at the front of the camera. We have a little white dot for the little mount index and I'm gonna just drop a little bit of opinion in this class. I don't like this white dot. I was working with the camera the other day, the white and the silver are very close together. And I was also working with a white lens with a white dot on a white lens it's just not as easy to see. I prefer the red dots that a lot of other companies have. I might have to work on some other marking systems on the lens to make sure that I can see that as easily as possible in a variety of lighting scenarios. That's what you match up to get your lenses mounted on there properly. This is about as close as we're gonna get to the sensor. As you probably all know, it's a 42 megapixel sensor. It's got a lot of resolution. It's a very nice piece of technology in there 'cause you are getting some very clean images, even at high ISOs. The CPU contacts is gonna communicate with the lenses, information about focusin...

g, aperture control, and maybe some other things as well. Make sure those are not blocked or obscured or broken in any way. There is a lens release button over there on the corner and then an alignment pin which will pop into the lens to let you know that you have properly mounted it. Let me just show you real quickly on my camera. Go ahead and release this off. That alignment pin is gonna pop into this little tiny notch. I don't know if you can see that right there. When it pops into there, it's gonna have a little click. That's why it's just a little spring loaded to let you know that you got it locked in properly. White dot to white dot, listen for the click, and then you got it on there properly. If you didn't hear the click, check it and redo it again. Camera has a built-in Wifi antenna. It's in the hand grip. Guess you're gonna get slightly better reception if you're making sure that that is not blocked. Don't put a bunch of big tape over it if you want that to work real well. Same thing goes for the remote sensor. There is a wireless remote that you can use for taking photos or starting the video and so forth. This remote is something that Sony uses for a lot of other products so you may not be able to use all the functions depending on what you have on the camera. I think there's like a zoom rocker switch which is not gonna work on a manually zooming lens. You can use some of the functions but not necessarily all of them. Our front dial we've been using for a lot of different things. Then we have a little lamp on the front which is a auto focus illuminator that will turn on under low light conditions. It's also a self-timer lamp that'll come on to let you know when your self-timer shot is gonna take place. If you don't like those sorts of distractions on the front of your camera, you can turn those off by going into the menu settings on page six of 14 and you can turn off the AF illuminator, which for anyone who is a private investigator sitting in a darkened car on a street, you probably wanna turn that off so that it doesn't reveal your position.

Class Description

Get the most out of your new Sony A7r III with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features. You'll learn why this camera is highly sought after by enthusiasts and professional photographers alike. Join expert photographer John Greengo as he gives you all the information you need to understand the camera's buttons, menus, and functions.

In this Fast Start class John will discuss:

  • Improved performance at 10fps for shooting action shots
  • High speed continuous shooting
  • Improved 5 axis image stabilization
  • Faster, lower-noise image processing
  • High quality 4K video

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. With over 50 Fast Start classes in the CreativeLive catalog, he will discuss the complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Sony A7r III settings to work for your style of photography.


Angela Sanchez

Super great clearly explained guide for the Sony a7r III. John is always a fantastic knowledgeable instructor who knows how to teach all about cameras in a super clear organized way. I love John Geengo classes!

Craig Markham

As always, John shines as a teacher extraordinaire! His visuals, pacing of presentation, clarity, and and adherence to the class objectives are all spot-on. As a devoted A7r II user for the past 2 years, this was a great review of the shared features, and gave me the best information for evaluating the cost/benefit of an upgrade to the A7r III now.


John Greengo is the man. I've been watching CreativeLive classes for years and there is no better instructor than him. I recently upgraded from the A7r II to the III and had been waiting for this course to be offered. John is incredibly knowledgeable and, with great dedication, provides all pertinent information related to operating and knowing your new camera. If it weren't for John, I wouldn't know the ins and outs of my new camera and would struggle with optimal settings which would decrease the best output possible. You rock, John. Thanks again!