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David Busch’s Sony Alpha a6000/ILCE-6000 Guide to Digital Photography

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The best-selling and universally-praised bible for the Sony Alpha a6000 is finally back in print! David Busch's Sony a6000 Guide to Digital Photography is your all-in-one resource and reference for the Sony Alpha a6000, and now it’s available in both printed and ebook form from Rocky Nook. The top-ranking a6000 mirrorless camera features expanded ISO settings to 25,600, a high-resolution 24MP sensor, fast 11 fps maximum shooting rate, and a high resolution electronic viewfinder. With this book in hand, you will explore the world of digital photography, develop your creativity, and take great photographs with the Sony a6000. With clear how-to steps and full-color illustrations, David Busch's Sony a6000 Guide to Digital Photography covers all the camera's features in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lenses, lighting, and more, and relates each feature to specific photographic techniques and situations. Also included is the handy a6000 "roadmap," an easy-to-use visual guide to the camera's features and controls. With David Busch as your guide and mentor, you'll be in full creative control, whether you're shooting on the job, as an advanced hobbyist, or are just out for fun. Start building your knowledge, creativity, and confidence with the Sony a6000 today.

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 a6000
    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
    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 a6000’s Flash
    8. An Introduction to Movie Making
    9. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
      1. Switching Between Still and Movie Playback
    10. Transferring Files to Your Computer
  11. Chapter 2 Sony a6000 Roadmap
    1. Front View
    2. The Sony a6000’s Business End
    3. LCD Panel Data Displays
      1. Using the Quick Navi Function Menu
    4. Going Topside
    5. Underneath Your Sony a6000
  12. Chapter 3 Camera Settings and Custom Settings Menus
    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
      7. Record Setting
      8. Drive Mode
      9. Flash Mode
      10. Flash Compensation
      11. Red Eye Reduction
      12. Focus Mode
      13. Focus Area
      14. AF Illuminator
      15. AF Drive Speed
      16. AF Track Duration
      17. Exposure Compensation
      18. Exposure Step
      19. ISO
      20. Metering Mode
      21. White Balance
      22. DRO/Auto HDR
      23. Creative Style
      24. Picture Effect
      25. Zoom
      26. Focus Magnifier
      27. Long Exposure. NR/High ISO NR
      28. Lock-on AF
      29. Smile/Face Detect.
      30. Soft Skin Effect
      31. Auto Object Framing
      32. Scene Selection
      33. Movie
      34. SteadyShot
      35. Color Space
      36. Auto Slow Shutter
      37. Audio Recording
      38. Wind Noise Reduction
      39. Shooting Tip List
      40. Memory Recall
      41. Memory
    3. Custom Settings Menu
      1. Zebra
      2. MF Assist
      3. Focus Magnifier Time
      4. Grid Line
      5. Auto Review
      6. DISP Button
      7. Peaking Level
      8. Peaking Color
      9. Exposure Settings Guide
      10. Live View Display
      11. Display Continuous AF Area
      12. Pre-AF
      13. Zoom Setting
      14. Eye-Start AF
      15. FINDER/MONITOR
      16. Release w/o Lens
      17. AF w/Shutter
      18. AEL w/Shutter
      19. e-Front Curtain Shutter
      20. Superior Auto Image Extract
      21. Exp. Comp. Set
      22. Bracket Order
      23. Face Registration
      24. AF Micro Adjustment
      25. Lens Compensation
      26. Function Menu Settings
      27. Custom Key Settings
      28. Dial/Wheel Setup
      29. Dial/Wheel Ev Comp
      30. MOVIE Button
      31. Dial/Wheel Lock
  13. Chapter 4 Application, Playback, and Setup Menus
    1. Application Menu
      1. Application List
      2. Introduction
    2. Playback Menu
      1. Delete
      2. View Mode
      3. Image Index
      4. Display Rotation
      5. Slide Show
      6. Rotate
      7. Enlarge Image
      8. 4K Still Image Playback
      9. Protect
      10. Specify Printing
    3. Setup Menu
      1. Monitor Brightness
      2. Viewfinder Brightness
      3. Finder Color Temperature
      4. Volume Settings
      5. Audio Signals
      6. Upload Settings
      7. Tile Menu
      8. Mode Dial Guide
      9. Delete Confirm
      10. Power Save Start Time
      11. Cleaning Mode
      12. Demo Mode
      13. Remote Control
      14. HDMI Resolution
      15. CTRL for HDMI
      16. HDMI Info. Display
      17. USB Connection
      18. USB LUN Setting
      19. Language
      20. Date/Time Setup
      21. Area Setting
      22. Format
      23. File Number
      24. Select REC Folder
      25. New Folder
      26. Folder Name
      27. Recover Image Database
      28. Display Media Information
      29. Version
      30. Setting Reset
  14. Chapter 5 Shooting Modes and Exposure Control
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
      1. Equivalent Exposure
    2. How the a6000 Calculates Exposure
      1. Correctly Exposed
      2. Overexposed
      3. Underexposed
      4. Metering Mid-Tones
    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. Exposure Bracketing
    7. Dealing with Digital Noise
      1. High ISO Noise
    8. Exposure Evaluation with Histograms
      1. The Live Histogram
      2. The Playback Histograms
      3. Histogram Interpretation
    9. Automatic and Specialized Shooting Modes
      1. Auto and Scene Modes
      2. Sweep Panorama Mode
  15. Chapter 6 Mastering the Autofocus Options
    1. Getting into Focus
      1. Contrast Detection
      2. Phase Detection
      3. Comparing the Two Hybrid Components
      4. Focus Modes and Options
    2. Focus Pocus
      1. Adding Circles of Confusion
      2. Using Manual Focus
      3. Your Autofocus Mode Options
      4. Setting the AF Area
    3. Useful Menu Items for AF
      1. Auto Object Framing
      2. AF Lock
  16. Chapter 7 Advanced Shooting
    1. Exploring Ultra-Fast Exposures
    2. Long Exposures
      1. Working with Long Exposures
    3. Delayed Exposures
    4. Continuous Shooting
    5. Setting Image Parameters
      1. Customizing White Balance
      2. Fine-Tuning Preset White Balance
      3. Setting White Balance by Color Temperature
      4. Setting a Custom White Balance
    6. Image Processing
      1. D-Range Optimizer and In-Camera HDR
      2. Creating HDR Photos in Post-Processing
      3. Using Creative Styles
  17. Chapter 8 Movie Making
    1. Some Fundamentals
    2. Preparing to Shoot Video
      1. More About Frame Rates and Formats
      2. Steps During Movie Making
    3. Stop That!
    4. Tips for Shooting Better Video
      1. Keep Things Stable and on the Level
      2. Shooting Script
      3. Storyboards
      4. Storytelling in Video
      5. Composition
      6. Lighting for Video
      7. Audio
      8. Lens Craft
  18. Chapter 9 Working with Lenses
    1. Don’t Forget the Crop Factor
    2. Choosing a Lens
      1. Sony’s Carl Zeiss E-Mount Lenses
      2. Using the LA-EA Series Adapters
      3. Other Lens Options
      4. Using the Lensbaby
    3. What Lenses Can Do for You
    4. Categories of Lenses
    5. Using Wide-Angle Lenses
      1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
    6. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
      2. Telephotos and Bokeh
    7. Fine-Tuning the Focus of Your Lenses
      1. Lens Tune-Up
      2. SteadyShot and Your Lenses
  19. Chapter 10 Making Light Work for You
    1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
    2. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Daylight
      2. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
      3. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
      4. Adjusting White Balance
    3. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. How Electronic Flash Works
      2. Flash Exposure Compensation
      3. Red Eye Reduction
    4. Using an External Electronic Flash
      1. HVL-F60AM Flash Unit
      2. HVL-F43AM Flash Unit
      3. HVL-F43M Flash Unit
      4. HVL-F36AM Flash Unit
      5. HVL-F32M Flash Unit
      6. HVL-F20AM Flash Unit
  20. Chapter 11 Using Wi-Fi
    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. Downloading Apps to Your a6000
      5. Current Sony Apps
      6. Near Field Communications (NFC)