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The Sony A7 II

Book Description

In this book, authors Brian Matsumoto and Carol F. Roullard offer a wealth of experience-based information and insights on the Sony a7 II, a full frame, autofocus system camera. This guide will help the new owner navigate past the confusion that often comes with using complex, powerful photographic equipment.

Brian and Carol explore the features and capabilities of the Sony a7 II in a way that far surpasses the users manual. Every feature of the camera is covered, from basic automated controls to advanced photographic applications, including automatic stitching to create panoramas and multi-shot noise reduction that allows the use of extremely high ISOs. Included are tips for set-up according to various shooting styles.

The richly illustrated text and step-by-step instructions guide the reader on how and why to set each menu command. Every button, dial, switch, and menu configuration is discussed.

The Sony a7 II: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide will help you take control of your camera, push the envelope, and take photographs that are a unique reflection of your own creative personality.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Preface
  7. Contents
  8. Chapter 1: Getting Started
    1. Introduction
    2. The Camera
    3. Turning On the Camera
    4. Introduction to Buttons, Dials, and Other Controls
    5. Cleaning the Sensor
  9. Chapter 2: Photography Basics
    1. Introduction
    2. Basic Photographic Concepts
    3. What Are Sensors and Images?
    4. White Balance and the Appearance of Colors
    5. ISO
    6. Drive Mode
    7. File Formats
    8. Shutter Button and Autofocus
    9. Recommendations
  10. Chapter 3: Managing Your Images
    1. Introduction
    2. The Monitor
    3. The Viewfinder
    4. Monitor versus Viewfinder
    5. Data Display Formats
    6. Framing for a Movie Recording
    7. Playback Formats for Still Pictures
    8. Initial Display Formats for Reviewing Movie Data
    9. Image Overlays to Aid Composition
    10. Reviewing Recorded Images
    11. Evaluating Exposure with Histograms
    12. Protecting Saved Pictures and Movies
    13. Deleting Saved Pictures and Movies
    14. Working Outside the Camera
    15. Recommendations
  11. Chapter 4: Automatic Settings
    1. Introduction
    2. Shooting Modes
    3. Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto Modes
    4. Predefined Scene Modes
    5. Functions in Automatic Modes
    6. Recommendations
  12. Chapter 5: Using the Semiautomatic Modes
    1. Introduction
    2. Recommended Exposure versus Exposure Compensation
    3. Program Auto (P)
    4. Aperture Priority (A)
    5. Shutter Priority (S)
    6. Fine-Tuning Automatic Exposure
    7. Autofocus Area: Identifying Where to Focus
    8. Limiting Autofocus by Area
    9. Focus Mode
    10. Autofocus in Dim Light
    11. ISO
    12. White Balance
    13. Recommendations
  13. Chapter 6: Manual Operations
    1. Introduction
    2. Manual Exposure Mode Controls
    3. Manual Focusing: Overriding Automatic Focusing
    4. Manual Adjustments of Color Temperature
    5. Lens Compensation
    6. DRO/Auto HDR Function
    7. Bracketing and Dynamic Range
    8. Vibration and Shutter Control
    9. Recommendations
  14. Chapter 7: Additional Features
    1. Introduction
    2. Customizing the Camera Controls
    3. Memory Recall Shooting Modes
    4. Sweep Panorama Mode
    5. Automatic Object Framing
    6. Predefined Color Schemes
    7. Recommendations
  15. Chapter 8: Working With the Camera’s Wireless Functions
    1. Introduction
    2. Using the Camera Wirelessly
    3. Camera Apps
    4. Recommendations
  16. Chapter 9: Accessories
    1. Introduction
    2. Sony Lens Mounts and Sensor Size
    3. Sony FE Lenses
    4. Sony Adapters and A-Series Mount Lenses
    5. Legacy Lenses and Used Lenses
    6. Using Manual Focus Legacy Lenses
    7. Telescopes
    8. Microscopes
    9. Macro Photography Equipment
    10. Tripods
    11. Recommendations
  17. Chapter 10: Flash
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles of Electronic Flash
    3. Automatic Exposure, Guide Numbers, and Electronic Flash
    4. Sony Flash Units
    5. Focal Length, Flash Coverage, and Powering Your Flash Unit
    6. Bounce or Indirect Lighting
    7. Red Eye
    8. Flash Command
    9. Flash in Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto Modes
    10. Flash in P, A, S, and M Shooting Modes
    11. Rear Sync., Slow Sync., and Wireless
    12. Controlling Aperture When Using Flash
    13. Live View Display
    14. Recommendations
  18. Chapter 11: Making Movies
    1. Introduction
    2. Video versus Still Photography
    3. Frame Rate versus Shutter Speed
    4. Choosing a File Format
    5. Record Setting for AVCHD and XAVC S
    6. Putting It All Together
    7. Additional Movie Controls
    8. Framing and Starting the Movie
    9. P, A, S, or M to Control Your Recording
    10. Zebra
    11. Time Code/User Bit
    12. Picture Profile
    13. Recommendations
  19. Appendix: Menu Commands