Menu: Network


Sony® A9 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Menu: Network

Okay, folks, our next big tab here is the network settings, and so, we're gonna talk about communication of this camera between it and a lot of other devices. And we are not gonna go into nitty gritty detail on every feature in here, but we will do a hookup with the phone here in a bit. So, if you want to send images to a smartphone, and you've already gone through the connection process, you can quickly send images from your camera to your phone. Now, you can use either your phone to browse on your camera's memory card, or you can use your camera to choose which image you want to send to your phone, and this just lets you choose between those two options on it. You can also hook this up to a computer wirelessly, and you can send your pictures wirelessly. It's kind of cool, I just hate dealing with wires, so I like that aspect of it, but I do not like the aspect that it's faster just to take the memory card out and put it in the computer and download it. And so, it's much slower going ...

wifi than it is physically using a card reader or the computer itself. FTP transfer functions, and so, this is gonna be dealing with that ethernet port on the side of the camera if you wanted to do tethering, you're working in a studio, for instance. And yes, you can hook up wirelessly, but the difference between that ethernet connection, that wired LAN versus the wifi, is that it is much, much, much faster, and so, if you're trying to download raw images, it's gonna be just way quicker in the studio. Unfortunately, you do need to have a cable running from your camera to your computer in order to do that. And so, here, you can choose which system you want to use, whether the wifi or the wired LAN connection, and then, when you get into the LAN connection, there's all sorts of different options. Display the results of your transfer so it can tell you if your transfers have gone through successfully. You can have up to three servers that are designated as to where you might go, perhaps you're working in different studios, and you can have it set up for each different studio that you are working with. As you go in to each of these FTP servers, you're gonna be able to give them names, ports, directories, passwords, and so forth, so that it can communicate with your camera in a secure fashion. You can use TVs that have a wifi function, so you could wifi send your signal from your camera to your TV and do a slideshow. You could hook it up through an HDMI cable as well, and so, you can select which TV you're gonna be using that with. And then, we get to the good one. This is where we can control the camera with our smartphone, we can use our smartphone to receive images, we can use our smartphone to control the camera itself. And so, first off here, this is something that you would want to turn on. Now, unless you are actually going to be using this actively for something, I would recommend leaving this turned off, because this does have a wifi signal in the camera that it's sending out information, and that causes a battery drain. And so, you generally don't want to use that unless you are specifically using it. So, if you are gonna use it, then you would turn it on. The rest of the time, leave it turned off. To actually do the hook-up, you're gonna go into the connection info, and you're gonna get this little QR code. You could also use a password to get in here, and I'm gonna walk through these steps, but first, let me just show you a little video of us out at the skate park using the wifi feature to get a different set of photos. So, one of the great things about pretty much all the new cameras these days is being able to control your camera remotely from your phone. So, if you don't want to be some place or you're not allowed there or it's just not smart to be there, for whatever reason, I can see exactly what my camera sees right from my phone. Now, there's gonna be a few minimalistic controls as far as what you can do with the camera from this point, so you should probably have it pretty well set up, but you do have the motor drive option on it, so we can shoot a fast series of photos. Now, because there's a little bit of a delay, it's not really the best at this super fast action that we're shooting, so I have to kind of anticipate the moment ahead of time when I fire the shutter. And that will fire off really quickly, but it's pretty far away, so we're not gonna hear it. So, let's go ahead and give this action a try. Go ahead, Isaac, and I'm gonna be looking at him and firing a round, and I think I may have got it there. We're gonna do it one more time and see if I can get this one. You can see him right in the camera, so it looks like I got the camera set up right, and I got him in the right spot, and so, now, it's time to go back to the camera and see if I actually got it. All right, so I put the resulting images together in a looping video here, and so, I think this would make a really nice Vine-like video, too bad it doesn't exist anymore, and so, then, I also have all the individual images. And so, if I want to go to the individual images, somewhere in here, there we go. These have a little bit more color to them, and they have tons of sharpness. So if, I mean, you want to crop in and blow something up, you've got all this detail to work with, and so, real easy to work with this system. So, I think there's a lot of creativity going on out there in this world. Now, how do you actually hook the camera up in the real world? Well, let me walk you through the steps, and then, we'll do an actual little demo here in the studio. And so, you're gonna need to do some stuff with your phone, and you're gonna need to do some stuff with your camera. So, first thing you need to do is, on your phone, go to your app store, and download the Play Memories mobile app from Sony. And of course, in the future, this may change, but right now, that's the current one. Then, you need to get into the camera's menu system and turn on the Control With Smartphone. Turn that on, and then go to Connection Info, where it's gonna give you that QR code. And then, you go back to the phone, and then, this is where there's a couple of different options. I had the main one listed here, which is number one, you got to have your wifi turned on. You're gonna open up your Play Memories mobile app. You can scan the QR code, install it, we're gonna do this here in a moment, and then, you're gonna open Play Memories, and I'm gonna try to get a group shot with Kenna here if all goes right on this. So, let's go ahead and see if this system works. So, I've already downloaded the Sony app, and now, I need to go onto the camera. Go to the wireless functions, and I need to control with smartphone, and I'm gonna go in here and turn this on so that it is allowing this to happen. Okay, now I'm gonna go into Connection Info, and it is now sending out a wifi signal. So, now, it did not work, and so, we're gonna have to do it manually. And so, by manually, there is a password by pressing the menu, and so... Come on. I'm gonna have to go back into my settings here, into my wifi. Turn on my wifi. Hopefully, I will be able to see this wifi system. I'm gonna turn this off and turn this on. There is my ILCE-9. There we go, I think we finally got it. And so, it's now, I've now selected that, and I should be able to go into the Sony app, which I have right here. Connected with camera. Okay, we finally got it, folks. Thanks for dealing with me. Unfortunately, it's not the easiest thing in the world. So, now, I can go in here, and I can control some things. I'm gonna put my camera back on single shot so that I can just take one shot at a time. It's fetching, it's bringing these photos back in here, and so, that's, let's go back, and I want to shoot. And so, if you want to change the shutter speed, you can go back and do that, you can change this. It's limited control, I'm not gonna go through every feature here. We can go horizontal or vertical. Kenna, let's get a group shot in here. And so, let's make sure that you're standing in the right spot and I'm in the right spot. So, I need to be a little bit over here, and so, you're fine right there. Okay, we're both too tall right now, 'cause you can see, so let's just squat down and smile and... There we go, okay. So, didn't really have the camera pointed it right, but now, we have those photos in the camera right now, and we can review those photos, and we can, let's see if I can go back to the menu here. Done, and so, we're gonna be able to send those photos back to the camera and, or from the camera to the phone, and then I can upload them from the web there. And so, it does take a little bit to get it set up the first few times. Once you play with it, you'll figure out how to work your way around it a little bit. It helps if you have your wifi turned on and your cellular data turned on, and working it is a fun feature to use for a lot of different features. All right, so, if you're lucky, then you can just use the QR code to get in there without the password. Otherwise, you can get in with the password. All right, so that is controlling with the smartphone. If you want to turn off all the wifi signals from the camera, which is what I recommend most of the time, unless you are really specifically using them, this is gonna save a little bit of battery life and just mean that nobody can have access to any of your photos or anything funny can go on. And so, if you are in an airplane and you want to turn off all those sorts of signals, you can do so right here with that one switch. All right, in here in the wifi settings is gonna be a lot of just different little tweaks if you are hooking this up with different types of devices. We're not gonna spend a lot of time in here. You can have this camera hooked up to computers that have wifi that have a WPS push system. So, you just push a button on the computer, and it fetches that information from the nearby wifi devices. As I say, we're not gonna go through the full setup of it, but it is possible. You can choose which sort of access point you are working with, you can have multiple ones that you use on a regular basis. If you wanted to see the address of the camera, you can find out what that local address is for pinpointing where that wifi signal is coming from, and then, you can have a password that you were using as well in here. There is other ways of connecting up beyond wifi, so next is Bluetooth, and we're gonna have a lot of the similar options. So, if you have a Bluetooth, which is going to be, gonna have a little less range but use a lot less energy, and so, there's gonna be their own settings within the Bluetooth about choosing turning that on and off and then, as far as pairing and then displaying which devices you're pairing up with. And so, if you have Bluetooth, you might be going in there and adjusting some of those. And so, the Location Link Info Set here goes into a sub-menu, and this allows you to pull information from your phone into your camera. So, the first thing is location information about where you shot a photograph, and so, it can link that up and just pull that geotag information from your phone. It will use more battery power, and you gotta get all that pulled across, and so, that's a little bit more of a hassle than having GPS built in to a camera, but it is possible. You can have the time in your camera automatically corrected by the phone so that you don't have to reset it when you got to a new time zone. And then, the area adjust for which area you're in can also be adjusted automatically as well. So, if you are gonna be hooking up using the LAN terminal in here, there is a number of things that you need to have set up so that it communicates to the computers properly. And so, there's gonna be a lot of little sub-settings in there that you can adjust in there. If you don't like the name of the camera, ILCE-9, you can adjust that as far as the way it's gonna appear in your computers as far as which device. Perhaps you might have multiples of these cameras all connected up at the same time, you could call them 9-A, B-9, 9-C, and so forth. The root certificate, to be honest with you, I've never really used this, but if you need to see it, you can see it. And then, finally, if you've messed all this up, and you completely want to reset it, you can simply reset it here with one little switch as far as resetting all the network settings on the camera.

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!


Great information as always, John's approach is amazing, well paced and very informative. I own so many of his amazing tutorials, I feel like he's part of my family - but a lot more knowledgeable 😏

Alexander Zlatev

Thank you Great Work