The Sony SLT-A77: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide

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This book provides enthusiastic photographers with a wealth of information about the unique features of the Sony SLT-A77, an interchangeable-lens camera with an electronic viewfinder and a fixed, translucent mirror. The A77 differs from the current crop of DSLRs in its ability to use a phase detection focusing system throughout the entire picture-taking process, for both still photographs and videos. This provides an immediacy and responsiveness when using burst shots and ...

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Overview

This book provides enthusiastic photographers with a wealth of information about the unique features of the Sony SLT-A77, an interchangeable-lens camera with an electronic viewfinder and a fixed, translucent mirror. The A77 differs from the current crop of DSLRs in its ability to use a phase detection focusing system throughout the entire picture-taking process, for both still photographs and videos. This provides an immediacy and responsiveness when using burst shots and creating HD videos that is unavailable in any other camera.

In this guide, authors Carol Roullard and Brian Matsumoto teach you how to obtain exceptional photographs and videos as they cover everything from the basics of using the camera's automatic modes, to the more advanced aperture-priority, shutter-priority, program, and manual exposure modes. You'll also learn how best to take advantage of features such as the built-in dynamic range adjustment, sweep panoramic, GPS, colorization modes, facial detection and recognition, multiple shot exposures, and HD video.

The authors provide you with an opportunity to improve your skills even further by discussing how third-party software and accessories can improve Sony's standard commands. You'll also learn about how the electronic viewfinder, fixed mirror, and Sony's novel shutter design improve the camera's utility for scientific photography through the microscope and telescope.

Additional topics include:

  • Advantages of the electronic viewfinder for previewing your photographs
  • Using the accessory Sony shoe-mount flash
  • Advantages of using the JPEG file format
  • Advantage of having a fixed mirror and electronic first curtain shutter
  • Settings for using the camera on a microscope and telescope
  • Using the older Minolta Maxxum lenses

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937538019
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook
  • Publication date: 7/28/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 452,454
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol F. Roullard has been an avid photographer since her high school years, where she first experimented with black-and-white artistic composition. Since then, she has continued photographing, mainly nature and architecture. Carol has used a variety of cameras covering a wide range of makes and models, from simple point-and-shoot cameras to complex professional level cameras. Carol produces fine art photography and is utilizing her previous art business experience for her new online gallery.

As a former Project Management Quality and Compliance engineer, Carol spent a number of years developing procedural and quality control methodology for IT projects. In addition, she has developed and conducted training sessions covering best practices for procedural and quality control, breaking down complex subjects into easy-to-use approaches to learning.

Dr. Brian Matsumoto is a retired research scientist who has worked for 30 years recording experiments with a wide range of film and digital cameras. He now spends his time photographing with a variety of cameras and lenses. He enjoys exploring how a camera's potential can be expanded by pairing it with specialized optics such as microscopes and telescopes. He carries a camera on all of his hikes and enjoys photographing nature. In addition to the four books he has written for Rocky Nook, Dr. Matsumoto has published several articles and has had his photographs published in a number of periodicals. He is experienced in the technical aspects of photography and has taught courses on recording scientific experiments with digital cameras.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Getting Started 2

Introduction-The Sony SLT-A77: New Features 3

Using This Book 6

Setting Up Your New Sony A77 8

Battery 9

Memory Card 10

Setting Up the Camera 12

Protecting the Lens 13

Protecting the LCD Screen 13

Viewing Menu Commands 14

Error Messages 18

Important Command Reset Capability 19

Fn Button 19

In-Camera Guide Button 23

Cleaning the Sensor 24

Setting the Area, Date, and Time 25

Dual Viewing System 26

Recommendations 27

Chapter 2 Photography Basics and the A77's External Buttons 28

Introduction 29

File Formats 31

Shutter Button 35

Focusing 35

White Balance and the Appearance of Colors 40

Drive Mode Button 40

Recording Movies 42

Chapter 3 Managing Your Images 44

Introduction 45

The LCD Screen 45

The Viewfinder 46

Top LCD Display Panel 48

Data Display Formats 49

Preview Images 52

Review Recorded Images 54

Evaluating Exposure with Histograms 60

Protecting Saved Pictures and Movies 62

Deleting Saved Pictures and Movies 62

Working Outside the Camera 63

Recommendations 68

Chapter 4 Automatic Settings 70

Introduction 71

Functions Available for Automatic Modes 71

Mode Dial 82

Auto Mode 84

Auto+ Mode 84

SCN Predefined Scene Modes 89

Recommendations 91

Chapter 5 Customizing the Camera 92

Introduction 93

Assigning Button Functionality 93

Memory Command 94

Utilizing Predefined Color Schemes 97

Customizing Camera Commands 104

Recommendations 106

Chapter 6 Taking Control of the Camera 108

Introduction 109

Exposure Compensation 109

Customizing Automatic Focusing 124

DRO/Auto HDR Function 126

Three Semi-automatic Modes: Shutter-Priority (S), Aperture-Priority (A), and Program (P) 130

Recommendations 134

Chapter 7 Manual Operation of the Camera 136

Introduction 137

Manual Focusing: Overriding Automatic Focusing 142

Fine Adjustment Screen for Color 144

Lens Compensation 145

Fine Tuning Autofocus 146

Recommendations 150

Chapter 8 Additional Features 152

Introduction 153

Panoramic Modes 153

Continuous Advance Priority AE Mode 162

GPS Feature 165

Recommendations 171

Chapter 9 Using Accessories 172

Introduction 173

Choosing A Kit Lens 173

Sony A-Mount Lenses 176

Buying New Third-party Lenses 178

Microscopes 178

Cable Release 181

Tripod 181

Telescopes 184

Recommendations 187

Chapter 10 Flash Photography 188

Introduction 189

Principles of Electronic Flash 189

Flash Artifact: Red-Eye 192

Flash Function 193

Using Flash in Auto and Auto+ Modes 195

Flash Options in P, A, S, or M Modes 196

Recommendation 207

Chapter 11 Recording Movies 208

Introduction 209

Glossary of Movie Terms 210

Choosing a File Format 211

Movie Quality 213

Additional Movie Controls 217

Framing and Starting the Movie 217

Movie Mode 218

Recommendation 219

Appendix A Menu Commands 220

Appendix B Common Error/Warning Messages and Resolutions 246

Index 253

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    The Sony SLT-A77: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide
    As a long-time Sony SLT-A55 user and recent Sony SLT-A77 purchaser, I know the complexity of both cameras—and I also know the deficiencies of Sony camera manuals. The manuals, more or less, cover the capabilities of the cameras, but make many assumptions about the knowledge level of the camera users. Perhaps, more important, the manual writers assume all purchasers of Sony cameras have the same familiarity with both digital photography and camera technology. Of course, that’s far from the reality of the situation.
    Enter, The Sony SLT-A77: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide. Its authors are both photographers and technologists. More--to the benefit of readers of the Guide--they are also very interested in sharing their own experiences with the A77. They take readers from when they opened the camera’s box, through their learning process with the A77, to putting the camera to practical use.
    Their book, as would be expected, covers all the menu setups, camera controls and available settings. But, more important, authors, Carol Roullard and Brian Matsumoto also share what they’ve found to be their best settings for a multitude of shooting situations—from the studio, to the field, and even into their research laboratory. They also offer many shortcuts to speed up the handling of the camera.
    And, for those readers who want their answers in the back of the book, they’ve provided 30 pages of charts giving pretty much every menu set-up command and error warning the A77 has to offer.
    If you’re a new A77 user—or one who wants instruction beyond the tech manual—you’ll find The Sony SLT-A77: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide a useful and enjoyable read.

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