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David Busch’s Sony Alpha a6300/ILCE-6300 Guide to Digital Photography

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David Busch’s Sony Alpha a6300/ILCE-6300 Guide to Digital Photography is the most comprehensive reference and guide book available for Sony’s advanced APS-C mirrorless camera. This eagerly-anticipated enthusiast/professional digital camera features a new 24 megapixel sensor with 425 embedded phase-detect pixels for lightning-fast autofocus at up to 11 frames per second. With an electronic shutter that provides a silent shooting option, stunning 4K/UHD video capabilities, and ISO sensitivities up to ISO 51,200, the a6300/ILCE-6300 is a versatile digital camera that’s simple to use, yet boasts features demanded by the most avid photo buff. With this book in hand, you will discover all the capabilities of the Sony Alpha a6300/ILCE-6300 as you explore the world of digital photography, develop your creativity, and capture the best photographs you’ve ever taken.Filled with detailed how-to steps and full-color illustrations, David Busch’s Sony Alpha a6300/ILCE-6300 Guide to Digital Photography describes every feature of this sophisticated camera in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lens selection, lighting, and more. It relates each feature to specific photographic techniques and situations. Also included is the handy camera “roadmap,” an easy-to-use visual guide to the a6300/ILCE-6300’s features and controls. Learn when to use every option and, more importantly, when not to use them, by following the author’s recommended settings for every menu entry. With best-selling photographer and mentor David Busch as your guide, you’ll quickly have full creative mastery of your camera’s capabilities, whether you’re shooting on the job, taking pictures as an advanced enthusiast pushing the limits of your imagination, or are just out for fun. Start building your knowledge and confidence, while bringing your vision to light with the Sony Alpha a6300/ILCE-6300.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. About the Author
  7. Contents
  8. Preface
  9. Introduction
  10. Chapter 1 Getting Started with Your Sony a6300
    1. Your Out-of-Box Experience
    2. Initial Setup
      1. Battery Included
      2. Final Steps
      3. Formatting a Memory Card
    3. Selecting a Shooting Mode
      1. Getting Instant Help
    4. Choosing a Metering Mode
    5. Choosing a Focus Mode
    6. Selecting a Focus Area
    7. Other Settings
      1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
      2. Using the Self-Timer
      3. Using the a6300’s Flash
    8. An Introduction to Movie Making
    9. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
    10. Transferring Files to Your Computer
      1. Wireless File Transfer
  11. Chapter 2 Sony a6300 Roadmap
    1. Front View
    2. The Sony a6300’s Business End
    3. LCD Panel Data Displays
      1. Using the Quick Navi Function Menu
    4. Going Topside
    5. Underneath Your Sony a6300
  12. Chapter 3 Camera Settings Menu
    1. Anatomy of the Menus
    2. Camera Settings Menu
      1. Image Size
      2. Aspect Ratio
      3. Quality
      4. Panorama: Size
      5. Panorama: Direction
      6. File Format (Movies)
      7. Record Setting (Movies)
      8. Dual Video Record
      9. HFR Settings
      10. Drive Mode
      11. Bracket Settings
      12. Flash Mode
      13. Flash Compensation
      14. Red Eye Reduction
      15. Focus Mode
      16. Focus Area
      17. AF Illuminator
      18. AF Drive Speed (Movies)
      19. AF Track Sensitivity (Movies)
      20. Exposure Compensation
      21. Exposure Step
      22. ISO
      23. ISO Auto Minimum Shutter Speed
      24. Metering Mode
      25. White Balance
      26. DRO/Auto HDR
      27. Creative Style
      28. Picture Effect
      29. Picture Profile
      30. Zoom
      31. Focus Magnifier
      32. Long Exposure NR/High ISO NR
      33. Center Lock-On AF
      34. Smile/Face Detect
      35. Soft Skin Effect (Stills)
      36. Auto Object Framing (Stills)
      37. Auto Mode
      38. Scene Selection
      39. Movie/HFR
      40. SteadyShot
      41. Color Space
      42. Auto Slow Shutter (Movies)
      43. Audio Recording
      44. Audio Rec Level
      45. Wind Noise Reduction
      46. Memory Recall
      47. Memory
  13. Chapter 4 Custom Settings Menu
    1. Custom Settings Menu
      1. Zebra
      2. MF Assist (Stills)
      3. Focus Magnifier Time
      4. AF in Focus Magnification (Stills)
      5. Grid Line
      6. Marker Display (Movies)
      7. Marker Settings (Movies)
      8. Audio Level Display
      9. Auto Review
      10. DISP Button
      11. Peaking Level
      12. Peaking Color
      13. Exposure Settings Guide
      14. Live View Display
      15. AF Area Auto Clear
      16. Display Continuous AF Area
      17. Pre-AF (Stills)
      18. Zoom Setting
      19. Eye-Start AF (Stills)
      20. FINDER/MONITOR
      21. Finder Frame Rate (Stills)
      22. Release w/o Lens
      23. Release w/o Card
      24. Priority Set in AF-S/Priority Set in AF-C
      25. AF w/ Shutter (Stills)
      26. AEL w/Shutter (Stills)
      27. Silent Shooting (Stills)
      28. e-Front Curtain Shutter
      29. Superior Auto Image Extract
      30. Exp. Comp. Set
      31. Face Registration
      32. AF Micro Adjustment
      33. Lens Compensation
      34. AF System (Stills)
      35. Function Menu Settings
      36. Custom Key Settings (Shooting Mode)
      37. Custom Key Settings (Playback)
      38. Dial/Wheel Setup
      39. Dial/Wheel Ev Comp
      40. Zoom Ring Rotate
      41. MOVIE Button
      42. Dial/Wheel Lock
  14. Chapter 5 Wireless and Application Menus
    1. Making a Wi-Fi Connection
      1. Using WPS Push
      2. Registering Manually
      3. Wi-Fi Settings
    2. Wi-Fi Functions
      1. Sending Photos to a Smart Device
      2. Wi-Fi Transfer to a Computer
      3. Viewing Images on a TV
      4. One-Touch (NFC)
    3. The Application Menu
      1. Application List
      2. Introduction
      3. Working with Applications
      4. Current Sony Apps
  15. Chapter 6 Playback and Setup Menus
    1. Playback Menu
      1. Delete
      2. View Mode
      3. Image Index
      4. Display Rotation
      5. Slide Show
      6. Rotate
      7. Enlarge Image
      8. Protect
      9. Specify Printing
    2. Setup Menu
      1. Monitor Brightness
      2. Viewfinder Brightness
      3. Finder Color Temperature
      4. Gamma Display Assist
      5. Volume Settings
      6. Audio Signals
      7. Upload Settings
      8. Tile Menu
      9. Mode Dial Guide
      10. Delete Confirm
      11. Display Quality
      12. Power Save Start Time
      13. NTSC/PAL Selector
      14. Cleaning Mode
      15. Demo Mode
      16. TC/UB Settings
      17. Remote Control
      18. HDMI Settings
      19. 4K Output Selection
      20. USB Connection
      21. USB LUN Setting
      22. USB Power Supply
      23. Language
      24. Date/Time Setup
      25. Area Setting
      26. Copyright Info
      27. Format
      28. File Number
      29. Set File Name
      30. Select REC Folder
      31. New Folder
      32. Folder Name
      33. Recover Image Database
      34. Display Media Information
      35. Version
      36. Setting Reset
  16. Chapter 7 Shooting Modes and Exposure Control
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
      1. Equivalent Exposure
    2. How the a6300 Calculates Exposure
      1. Correctly Exposed
      2. Overexposed
      3. Underexposed
    3. The Importance of ISO
    4. Choosing a Metering Method
    5. Choosing an Exposure Mode
      1. Aperture Priority (A) Mode
      2. Shutter Priority (S) Mode
      3. Program Auto (P) Mode
      4. Making Exposure Value Changes
      5. Manual Exposure (M) Mode
      6. Using ISO Auto
    6. Exposure Bracketing
      1. Continuous Bracketing
      2. Single Bracketing
      3. White Balance Bracketing
      4. DRO Bracketing
    7. Dealing with Digital Noise
      1. High ISO Noise
    8. Using Dynamic Range Optimizer and HDR
      1. Auto HDR
      2. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
    9. Exposure Evaluation with Histograms
      1. Tonal Range
      2. Histogram Basics
      3. Understanding Histograms
    10. Automatic and Specialized Shooting Modes
      1. Auto and Scene Modes
      2. Sweep Panorama Mode
  17. Chapter 8 Mastering Autofocus Options
    1. Getting into Focus
      1. Contrast Detection
      2. Phase Detection
    2. Comparing the Two Hybrid Components
      1. Focus Modes and Options
    3. Focus Pocus
      1. Adding Circles of Confusion
      2. Your Focus Mode Options
      3. Autofocus Magnified
      4. Setting the AF Area
      5. Using Manual Focus
    4. Back-Button Focus
      1. Activating Back-Button Focus
    5. Useful Menu Items for AF
    6. Autofocus Summary
  18. Chapter 9 Advanced Shooting
    1. Exploring Ultra-Fast Exposures
    2. Long Exposures
    3. Continuous Shooting
      1. Customizing White Balance
      2. Fine-Tuning Preset White Balance
      3. Setting White Balance by Color Temperature
      4. Setting a Custom White Balance
  19. Chapter 10 Movie Making
    1. Some Fundamentals
      1. Choosing a File Format
      2. Choosing a Record Setting
      3. Choosing Metering/Exposure Modes
      4. Choosing an Autofocus Mode
      5. Using Frame Guides
    2. Time Codes and User Bits
    3. Picture Profiles
      1. Gamma, Gamma Ding Dong
      2. Shooting in 4K
    4. Tips for Movie Making
      1. Composition
      2. Lighting for Video
      3. Audio
      4. Lens Craft
  20. Chapter 11 Working with Lenses
    1. Don’t Forget the Crop Factor
    2. Choosing a Lens
      1. The Sony “Trinity”
    3. Other E-Mount Lenses
      1. Sony FE Lenses
      2. Zeiss Touit Lenses
      3. Zeiss Loxia Lenses
      4. Zeiss Batis Lenses
      5. Other Third-Party Lenses
      6. Using the LA-EA Series Adapters
      7. Adapter Adaptations
      8. AF System
      9. AF Micro Adjustment
  21. Chapter 12 Working with Flash
    1. Why Flash?
    2. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. How Electronic Flash Works
      2. Flash Modes
      3. Flash Exposure Compensation
      4. Red Eye Reduction
    3. Using an External Electronic Flash
      1. Guide Numbers, Hot Shoes, and More
      2. HVL-F60M Flash Unit
      3. HVL-F43M Flash Unit
      4. HVL-F36AM Flash Unit
      5. HVL-F32M Flash Unit
      6. HVL-F20M Flash Unit
    4. Wireless Flash
      1. Key Wireless Concepts
      2. Setting Channels and Remote Groups
      3. Setting Ratios