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Sony A7 / A7R: From Snapshots to Great Shots

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Sony A7 / A7R: From Snapshots to Great Shots


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  • Copyright 2014
  • Dimensions: 7-1/2" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 336
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-96860-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-96860-9

Now that you’ve bought the amazing Sony A7 / A7R, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera’s features to show you exactly how to use the camera to take great pictures. With Sony A7 / A7R: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you get the perfect blend of photography instruction and camera reference that will take your images to the next level! Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera.

Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, Pulitzer Prize—winning photographer Brian Smith, and you will:

  •  Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the Sony A7 / A7R
  • Use the Sony A7 / A7R’s advanced camera settings to gain full control over the look and feel of your images
  • Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more
  • Learn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraits
  • Find out how to get great shots in low light
  • Learn the basics behind shooting video with your Sony A7 / A7R and start making movies of your own
  • Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter

And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your A7 / A7R to get great shots at

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Ten Tips to Make Your Shooting More Productive Right Out of the Box with Your Sony A7/A7R

Using Advanced Modes with Your Sony A7 / A7R

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Sony A7 / A7R Top Ten List: Ten Tips to Make Your Shooting More Productive Right Out of the Box
Chapter 2: First Things First: A Few Things to Know and Do Before You Begin Taking Pictures
Chapter 3: Full Auto Modes: Get Shooting with the Automatic Camera Modes
Chapter 4: Advanced Modes: Taking Your Photography to the Next Level
Chapter 5: Portrait Photography: Settings and Features to Make Great Portraits
Chapter 6: Moving Target: Tricks to Shooting Sports and Action
Chapter 7: Landscape & Streetscape Photography: Tips Tools & Techniques to Get the Best Landscapes & Streetscapes
Chapter 8: Mood Lighting: Shooting When the Lights Get Low
Chapter 9: Creative Compositions: Improve Your Pictures with Strong Compositional Elements
Chapter 10: Advanced Techniques: Take Your Images to the Next Level
Chapter 11: Lights, Camera, Action: Getting Professional-looking Video from Your A7/A7R
Chapter 12: Adapt My A7/A7R: Len Mount Adapters to Expand Your Camera’s Lens Choices



Page 7, in "Setting the ISO” section: Eliminate Step 2.

Page 8, in “Set your ISO on the fly” section: Delete the sentence that says, "When you press the right side of the Control wheel, all of the camera settings in the viewfinder will disappear, leaving just the ISO information."

Page 25: Figures 1.8 and 1.9 (and corresponding histogram overlays) are reversed.

Page 50: "The speeds on the A7 range from as long as 30 seconds to as short as 1/4000 of a second" CHANGE TO: "The speeds on the A7 range from as long as 30 seconds to as short as 1/8000 of a second.”

Page 67: "if the camera decides that you need a very high ISO (such as 1600)" CHANGE TO: "if the camera decides that you need a very high ISO (such as 6400)”....

Page 84, in "Setting up and shooting in Program Auto mode" section: “To select your ISO, press the right side of the Control wheel (next to where it says ISO), rotate the Control wheel to the desired setting," CHANGE TO “To select your ISO, rotate the Control wheel to the desired setting,"...

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Page 254, Paragraph 4, should read:
4. Change your drive mode to Bracket: Continuous: 2.0 EV. To do so, select Menu > Camera Settings 2 > Drive Mode. Push the top or bottom of the Control wheel until you see the icon BRK C (A). Press either side of the Control wheel to navigate through EV bracket options until the option for 2.0 EV 3 is highlighted (B). Press the center of the Control wheel to make your selection. Bracketing continuously will allow you to capture your exposures quickly, minimizing any subject movement between frames. Even though you will be using a tripod, there is always a chance that something within your scene will be moving (like clouds or leaves).

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