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Lesson 23 from: Sony A7 Mark II Series Fast Start

John Greengo

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23. Camera Menu: 8

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Camera Menu: 8

Alright next page camera settings page eight so we have our movie mode in here, so when you put the camera in the movie mode, how do you want shutter speeds and apertures to be recorded? If you're a serious cinema cinema photographer easy for me to say it would be you would probably wanted in the manual mode where you're specifically choosing a shutter speed and an aperture setting. If you're more casual about your video shooting, you probably just put it in the program out where you can just put it in the programme mode and trust that the camera is going to come up with a reasonable set of numbers you may need toe give a bump up on the so now for those of you with the s model, this is where you get to set in a high frame rate option and so you're not going to see these extra settings on the other cameras and so in there we're going to be able to go in there and choose a higher frame rate if that is one of the things you want to shoot a slow mo type option and so interesting option tha...

t's one of those little extra video things you get in the s model so manuals for the more serious shooter program for the basic shooter so when you do get into high frame rate one of the things to be aware of is that you are not shooting on the full frame of the s model camera you are shooting in a two by two crop frame area so it is a very small collection ofthe pixels in the middle, so everything is very telephoto and so any sort of high speed action is going to be probably with amore telephoto look to it because it's so much because it is so cropped on the sensor itself and you are not able to shoot four k at the same time you are shooting the high frame rates there's a lot of different ways we can increase the quality of our video one is more resolution. The other is more frame rate it's very hard to do both at the same time that's not what this camera is designed to do. One of the best things about this camera is the built in steady shot system. And so this is one of the smallest cameron I think it's the only camera that has is a mere a list full frame camera that has a stabilization system built onto it. So one of the great things about this is that you can hook up third party lenses with an adapter and get stabilization on those lenses that don't inherently have stabilization in them, so the sony lenses don't have stabilization in him, but they but the sensor itself does, and so it is it works very well it has a claimed range of two and a half to four and a half stops and I think it's fairly safe to stay with low end on that on about two and a half stops so if you normally need ah sixty eighth of a second to hold the camera steady you can go down to a thirty down to a fifteen and may be down to a twelfth of a second toe hold the camera steady and so nice feature to have normally I'm going to leave it turned on I will turn it off if I know that I'm going to be working from a tripod for any period of time because there might be some sort of movement that it might try to compensate for and so generally it's always safest to turn those off if you are on a good rock solid steady tripod so if you are using this with third party lenses you khun set until the camera give it some information about what type of lens you have on there so it knows what sort of adjustments and how the best smooth out the adjustments for the motion of the camera so you could go in and you could set a specific focal length for instance let's say you were hooking it up to a nikon eight hundred millimeter lens you could tell you're using it eight hundred millimeter lens and it's going toe change the way that the stabilization system works and it's going to optimize it for that focal length of lenses and so you can leave this in auto and if it can read the lands, it'll automatically set its own parameters for that the color space when you shoot in raw on this camera you are shooting in adobe rgb, which is a very large color space it's nart is large as we see with our own eyes, but when you set the camera to j peg you have the option of setting this to s rgb or adobe rgb and for printing purposes if you want to print a photo, you want as many colors recorded as possible that's going to give you the most data to work with and so I recommend adobe rgb for any sort of future potential printing needs. If all you were doing was working on the internet today, he would be totally fine with srg because that's how most of the internet works these days but I'd like to shoot and collect as much information as possible especially when it doesn't come at any sort of cost problem with file size auto slow shutter speed when you are shooting in the little movie mode here if you are needing a slower shutter speed in order to make the shot properly exposed do you want the camera to jump in and automatically changes the shutter speed for you the serious film shooter is going to say no, I want my shutter speeds. What I want my shutter speeds at the more casual shooter might say, that'd be kind of nice. Take care of that for me. I don't want to have to deal with it, and so, if you are fairly serious, I would turn this off. If it's just more of a hobby shooting videos from time to time, then you can leave it on. Whether you want the camera to record sound or not pretty simple. Most people are going to leave this turned on, but if you know that you're using an external recording device or you know you don't need audio for it, you can turn it off right in camera.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Sony® A7II Info and Menu List
Sony® A7RII info and Menu List
Sony® A7SII Info and Menu List

Ratings and Reviews

Diane Schulman

INCREDIBLE Class! I couldn't find anything on the internet that truly explained this camera, explained what it can and can't do and what accessories would work with it. I have had my Sony A7II for awhile now, but was so overwhelmed by it, I rarely even took it out of its case. It was just easier to use my Canon 5D III. After this class, I am so excited to finally practice with and use my Sony. John is an incredible teacher. He is thorough, professional, fun and knowledgeable! Buying this class was the best investment!!! I feel like I just got the gift of a new camera because I can finally use my Sony!!! Thanks John and Thanks Creative Live!!!

Enrique Vega es

I stored my Sony A7II for more than a year since I've been Canon's user for 7 years and I felt unsure of taking this new camera which implied a different menu system, different functions, a little bit intimidating. Finally, I took a bit of valor, put my camera next to the computer monitor for then start watching this guide and I spent a great time actually. I'm amazed at how helpful and clear is the sequence of the chapters. It was enough to get to chapter ten to know all the basic controls and start taking pictures with an equivalent confidence of my good old Canon, or even better since in the chapter 8th I learned how accurate and easy to use is the focusing system, either, manual or auto (For stills I've always used manual focusing). Very informative, enjoyable and now I became a new fan of the mirrorless cameras, at the point that I'm considering to buy another two :D


John is an excellent teacher! In fact his Fundamentals of Digital Photography 2014 was the first ever class I watched on CreativeLive, and since then I'm in love with his teaching style as well as with CreativeLive! I bought my Sony A7II in March 2015 and when I found out that John is giving a class on it I was very excited! As I expected I learnt many secrets about my camera which I had been using for 9 months already. For example about the option of focusing on the eyes, setting the buttons, making panoramas etc. The camera is still smarter than me I must admit. I am enjoying my Sony even more now since after the class I feel much more confident. Thank you John and CreativeLive for such an opportunity! I would recommend to everyone who has a Sony a7II camera and the other cameras in this line to watch this class. It's a concentrate of useful information, very detailed and to the point. I spent two days just watching the class and practicing new knowledge with my camera straight away. I had to postpone all the other life chores. And I would be ready to watch the class again after some time as it's a professional camera which needs a lot of practice!

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