Left & Right Side


Sony® A9 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Left & Right Side

Working our way over to the left side of the camera, we have lots of doors and ports. The big new connection on this camera is the ethernet port, the wired lan terminal, and so for anyone who wants to do tethered shooting, this is the fastest way to get information from your camera to your laptop or your desktop computer. For those of you working in the studio who wants to have information very quickly, yeah, you could hook up the wireless system, but wireless systems are far slower than an ethernet port, and so this is gonna allow you to connect and get that information downloaded much, much faster. It's very important for any of those people out there that are gonna be shooting in the studio with raw images, which you're probably gonna be doing. This enables them to get the fastest possible connection. We have our PC socket for flash synchronization. Sony says that when you're hooking up studio strobes, you're best to keep a shutter speed of 1/200 of a second or below. The camera doe...

s have a sync speed of 1/250 of a second, but that is something that they are saying is only safe when you are using Sony TTL mounted flashes on their kinda in-house design system. When you start going out, depends a little bit on how things get synced up and the length of the flash, you're better off probably being at 200, and having played with a number of cameras, I know a lot of photographers just leave their shutter speed at 1/25, when shooting with flash photography. Next little door, microphone jack and headphone jack, and so we have our standard 3.5 millimeter plug ins here. For those of you who have microphones that need a little bit of power, that have power coming through that 3.5 millimeter jack, power is supplied if it's necessary for that type of microphone. Third door down here, we have our HDMI jack, where we can hook up to any sort of HD display or HD TV in this case. We can record to external recorders, 4K information on that, do a little slideshow on a standard TV, for instance. Below that, we have our multi/micro USB. This is how we connect up to computers for downloading images or information to our computer. It is also where you would plug in using the Sony RM VPR1 remote commander. This sells for about $60. If you wanna trigger your camera without touching the camera, this is the remote that you wanna get. It actually comes with two different cords that allows you to hook up with older and different styled cameras. In here, it's also got a bit of a jog shuttle on there, so if you do have the right type of zoom lens, it can zoom the lens back and forth from you, via power from there. It's a pretty versatile remote commander in that regard, and it plugs in to that multi/micro USB connection. There's also a little charge lamp back here. You can charge the battery for this camera while it's in the camera by plugging in the USB connection to a computer. If you wanna transmit power, basically, from your computer to your camera, you can do so, and that's gonna let you know that you're charging. Because there are cables that you are hooking up to this camera, there is also one extra little device that comes with the camera, which is this little cable protector. This is supplied with the camera, and that's gonna mount in, it's gonna have a little screw, it's gonna have a little slot where it hinges in there. If you are connected up to your computer or the HDMI and you don't want that plug to fall out, there is that little cable protector, and that is supplied in the box that comes with the camera. Over on the right side of the camera, we have our NFC, little logo that let's you know that this camera can hook up, and where you wanna get your near-field communication device right next to, there are certain phones that have an NFC connection, and in order to do the handshake or the connection, you just get the two devices right next to each other, and that's where you wanna get to them. Next up, we have our memory card door latch, and in here we have slot one. Remember, bottom floor is number one, and second floor is number two. This takes SD memory cards, and it handles UHS I and can handle UHS II. Pay attention here, folks, there's a lot of little differences. Number two slot uses SD cards, but they're only UHS I capable, and so if you are writing raw files or movies to both cards, slot one is faster than slot two, and whatever is the slowest is the speed that you're gonna be working at. Slot two, however, can also be used with the Sony memory stick system. These were the way that a lot of the Sony Cybershot cameras had memory systems, and so it's not as popular these days because SD is a very universal system being used on all the brands out there, but if you do have that older memory, you can use that in slot two. You can use two SD card slots, or use two SDs in the two slots there, but just be aware that the bottom one, slot one, is for your faster cards. When it comes to the cards, of course, the size of the card is very important, and so you'll see that listed as SD or the SDHC or SDXC options. That's just indicating what size range it falls within. If you're shooting a lot of sports, you probably wanna get a faster card that shoots at 100, megabytes per second, or even faster. If you're shooting lots of video, you wanna be aware of the minimum speed of the card. If you are shooting 4K video, you probably wanna be shooting with the 30 megabytes per second cards, which is the UHS Speed Class 3 cards. You can probably get away with the UHS Speed Class 1 cards with 4K, but if you wanna record for a long period of time, you wanna make things as easy on the camera as possible, that's where you might wanna go with those UHS 3 cards. Now, as I mentioned, you can use that USB port to download your images. It's a little bit on the slow side 'cause it's just a USB 2.0 connection, so it's not the faster connection. Most photographers are gonna use a memory card reader, so that they can download their images much faster. If you have a card slot in your computer, that's a fantastic way of doing things as well. Something to keep in mind is that once you download your cards, it's often good practice, once you've backed up, after you've backed up, is to format your cards. This will keep them new and healthy, you might say, for the Sony cameras. Sonys, they, have kind of a different way of writing to their cards, and especially if you're coming from another brand of camera, and you're moving that card over into a Sony camera, it wants to create its own file structure for that. It's really best to format your cards on a regular basis, especially in a Sony camera because of their unique file structure.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But trying to understand the manual can be a frustrating experience. Get the most out of your new mirrorless Sony A9 with this complete step-by-step walk-through of the camera’s features.

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential. In this Fast Start class, you’ll learn:

  1. How to utilize the 20 frames/second with full autofocus feature
  2. How to understand the new menu systems
  3. How to use the camera's 4K video capabilities

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Sony A9 settings to work for your style of photography.



I've taken lots of John's classes as my photography journey has unfolded. Like all good teachers, John has a fantastic ability to take concepts which are complex and could be overwhelming, and making them accessible and much simpler. I'm lucky enough to own this amazing camera, I'm sure I'll get even more enjoyment from using it after taking this class - John has done so much of the hard work of learning away, now I feel like I can just start enjoying it!


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Alexander Zlatev

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