The Sony SLT-A77: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide

The Sony SLT-A77: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide


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The Sony SLT-A77: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide by Carol F. Roullard, Brian Matsumoto Ph. D

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937538019
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Publication date: 07/28/2012
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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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James_Lowell More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am sure I read this book late. I got the book because I lost my original manual that I lost during my last move. What I like about the book I could read it like a book rather than a shop manual or something, however I can use at so. I also like it because It showed me things about the camera Ive been using for three years that I did not know. I also like it because if you read other photography books you rarely functionality sequences for Sony only NIkon and sometimes Cannon so now i can go get this book and compare. I really love my Sony cameras I use two the 65 as well 77 I own 4 I ve used them to shoot a wide variety of subjects, This book is really going to help me.
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