The Sony Alpha NEX-6: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide

The Sony Alpha NEX-6: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide

by Brian Matsumoto Ph. D, Carol F. Roullard

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937538231
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Publication date: 07/28/2013
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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.

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Getting Started 2

Introduction 3

Using This Book 4

Description of the Camera and Its Features 5

Assembling the Camera 13

Turning On the Camera 15

Camera Controls: Setting the Camera Area, Date, and Time 15

Introducing Menu Navigation 17

Error Messages 19

Reinitializing Commands to Default Values (Or, Getting Out of Trouble) 19

Quick Access to Command Options 20

Cleaning the Sensor 22

Recommendations 23

Chapter 2 Photography Bask and the NEX-6 24

Introduction 25

Basic Photography Concepts 26

File Formats 28

Shutter Button 33

Focusing 34

Exposure (Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO) 37

White Balance and the Appearance of Colors 40

Drive Mode Function 40

Recording Movies 44

Chapter 3 Managing Your Images 46

Introduction 47

The LCD Screen 48

The Viewfinder 49

LCD Screen versus Viewfinder 30

Data Display Formats 51

Compositional Controls for Previewing Images 56

Review Recorded Images 57

Evaluating Exposure with Histograms 66

Protecting Saved Pictures and Movies 68

Deleting Saved Pictures and Movies 69

Working Outside the Camera 70

Recommendations 76

Chapter 4 Automatic Settings 78

Introduction 79

Functions Available for Automatic Modes 80

Shooting Modes 96

Intelligent Auto Mode 97

Superior Auto Mode 99

Photo Creativity Feature 102

SCN (Scene Selection) Predefined Scene Modes 103

Recommendations 107

Chapter 5 Taking Control of the Camera 110

Introduction 111

Control Keys and Buttons 112

Exposure Compensation: Fine-Tuning Automatic Exposure 114

Autofocus 115

Manual Focus: Overriding Automatic Focusing 120

ISO 121

White Balance 124

Three Semiautomatic Modes: Shutter Priority (S), Aperture Priority (A), and Program Auto (P) 126

Recommendations 131

Chapter 6 Manual Operation of the Camera 132

Introduction 133

Manual Exposure Mode Controls 134

Manual Focusing: Overriding Automatic Focusing 140

Manual Adjustments for Color Temperature 142

Lens Compensation 147

Bracketing and Dynamic Range 148

Recommendations 150

Chapter 7 Customizing the Camera 152

Introduction 153

Customizing Buttons 153

Fn Button 154

Customization of Other Buttons 155

Customizing Buttons Summary 157

Help Information 158

Recommendations 160

Chapter 8 Additional Feature 162

Introduction 163

Sweep Panorama Mode 163

Auto Port. Framing Function 170

DRO/Auto HDR Function 171

Utilizing Predefined Color Schemes 178

Recommendations 184

Chapter 9 Adding Applications to the Camera 186

Introduction 187

Working with the Camera's Wi-Fi: Communicating with a Smartphone 187

Downloading Apps 191

PlayMemories Camera Apps 192

Camera Apps We Like and Use 193

Recommendations 197

Chapter 10 Using Accessories 198

Introduction 199

The Kit Lens 199

Sony E-mount and A-mount Lenses 203

Legacy and Used Lenses 206

Telescopes 211

Microscopes 214

Remote Release 217

Tripod 218

Recommendations 221

Chapter 11 Flash Photography 222

Introduction 223

Principles of Electronic Flash for the Built-in Unit 224

Flash Artifact: Red Eye 225

Flash Command 227

Using Flash in Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto 228

Flash Options in P, A, S, or M Modes 229

Recommendations 239

Chapter 12 Making Movies 240

Introduction 241

Frame Rate versus Shutter Speed 242

Choosing a File Format 245

Record Settings (Quality) 247

Additional Movie Controls 252

Framing and Starting the Movie 253

Which Shooting Mode for Controlling Your Recording 253

Adding Creative Style, Picture Effect, or DRO 255

Recommendations 255

Appendix A Menu and Function Commands 256

Appendix B Error Messages/Warning Messages and Resolutions 304

Index 310

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