Top Deck: Basic Controls
This is what you've all been waiting for, is let's dig in to the actual functions of the camera, and so, let's talk about basic controls to start with. These are things that we're going to be using throughout the rest of the class here and the rest of the time with your camera. When you turn it on and off, there is a special little device that tries to knock off dust on the sensor each time you turn the camera on, and it does a very good job, but it's possible you're going to still get some dust on the sensor, and you may need to go through a more manual sensor cleaning. And we'll talk about that later on in the menu section where they have the option for locking up the shutter. But, normally you're not going to have much of a problem with it, it tends to do a very good job. The shutter button, of course, for taking photos right there. We have two main control dials, the front dial and the rear dial. We're going to be changing shutter speeds, apertures, but you can move through photos,...
you can navigate the menu system, you can do a lot of other changes with these front and back dials. And sometimes they do exactly the same thing, sometimes they do different things. Over on the back of the camera, we have a control wheel, which is going to be used for navigating the menu system and making a variety of other changes. It's also an up, down, left, right button with a center button as well that you will sometimes use to enter things. New on the A7 series cameras is the multi-selector, which I will probably forget the name of it and just call it the joystick. And so it goes up, down, left, right, it's mainly designed for moving the focusing point around but it can be used, once again, for the menu system and making lots of other changes as we go throughout the class. And one thing to note is that it is also a button as well, so not only can you go left, right, but it's a center button that you can program as well for doing a variety of purposes, and so there's a lot of different controls packed into a very small space. We're going to start with the top deck of the camera, and of course we have our shutter release, and it is a two stage device. Which means when you press down halfway it activates the metering system, it activates the auto-focus system, it wakes the camera up if you're in one of the menu options of the camera, it's going to kick it out of that menu system so that you're ready to shoot photos right away with that. And then you press all the way down for taking photos. But it's that halfway step that you want to make sure that you're nice and comfortable with the feel of it. Now a lot of people are getting into back button focusing, and this camera now has a button on the back of the camera dedicated for focusing on the back of the camera. It doesn't really do you any good straight out of the box because you can focus with the back of the camera button, which is fine, but then when you go take a picture it's going to refocus because you're pressing halfway down on the shutter release. So, if you want to turn off the auto-focus on the shutter release, then you need to go into the camera settings number one, AF2, which is on page six of 14, and turn off the auto-focus with the shutter. Now as we go throughout this class, I'm going to be giving you occasional shortcuts, and if you're the type of person who says hey I want to make that change right now, then you can pause the video and go make this change and then come back and we'll just continue on with the class. If you're the type of person who says, what did he just say, don't worry about it, we're going to cover it when we get to the menu system and so providing just a little sneak peek for people who want to jump ahead and make those changes right away.