When you look at what settings on your Sony a7 Series camera you can remotely control with your mobile device, most of these settings are available. What are these settings? How do you adjust them? In this movie, author Richard Harrington demonstrates how to change the settings on your Sony a7 Series camera from your mobile device.
- If you look at your mobile device you'll see that the bulk of the settings of the camera are available. Now it may depend in what shooting mode you're using but this will give you choices just like if you were using the physical buttons and dials on the camera. I'll tap on the bottom of the screen here and you see that it hides the controls. Tapping again reveals them. If I tap the settings icon here it's gonna bring up some other options here, letting me control what's happening. For example I could adjust the quality and this is gonna give me a higher quality preview although there may be a little bit more lag between the transfer.
I can also decide what's happening here. For example I could transfer the GPS data from my device and allow it to geotag my photos. You'll see that it's engaging with the satellite and as long as you've got a cellular card in your device it should be able to pick that information up. Now as I tap to set focus, when I trigger it geotags the photo with the location. You'll also see that it pulled the image down to my device.
If you prefer you can also turn on a rule of thirds grid to help with composition. I like in this case how the feed text is intersecting with that rule of thirds. It's looking about properly positioned and I like the overall comp here so I think it's good as is. These different settings give you a lot of choices. Remember you can choose whether or not you want to save an image, pulling down the review image and even what settings that happens. There we are.
It's engaged. And now I wanna actually change some of the camera settings. You'll notice next to the shutter button here if I tap it opens up different options. So for example I could tap on ISO and get off of an auto ISO and dial in just the sensitivity that I want. Let's go with a nice low one here so we keep the noise down. I'm shooting on a tripod so there's no need to use a high ISO, I can go with a slower shutter. I'll then adjust the aperture. Maybe I want a little bit more depth of field.
So we'll take that up there to about F5.0 and you'll see that that second bag of feed in the background comes into focus. Alright that looks pretty good. Tap again and I could adjust exposure compensation. In this case getting a tad darker. Let's take that to 2/3 of a stop under. Looks good. And we've got the shutter speed. Now in this case, because I'm shooting aperture priority the shutter speed is being manually calculated for me.
If I was in manual mode then I could adjust that, but you wouldn't see exposure compensation. Things look good. Let's close that. I'll tap to set focus, right there on the letter, and trigger the shot. It takes the image and fetches a preview quality image to my screen. You'll note that you have the ability to pinch and zoom. This could really come in handy as it will allow you to explore the image.
You'll see here that I can zoom in on details and check critical focus. Do keep in mind that this is just a preview quality image, but still it's a great way to explore on your device. Let's go back to shallower depth of field for a second. I close the focus controls, open that up and take a shallower depth of field of F3.5. There we go. And for safety we'll expand that depth of field and take that out with this macro lens here to F20 giving us a long range of what's in focus.
Now with all of these controls literally at your fingertips this opens up a world of options. You could take precise control over your shooting environment and it's really quite cool. Let's take a quick look at how you can also browse things that you've already shot.
In this course, Rich Harrington takes you on a tour of the Sony app ecosystem, highlighting some of the best a7 apps and showing how to get the most out of them. The course is geared toward the a7 models, but its basic concepts apply to any Sony Alpha-series camera that is supported by Sony's PlayMemories store.
- Keeping your firmware up to date
- Purchasing and installing apps from PlayMemories Camera Apps
- Using your smartphone as a remote
- Syncing to your smartphone
- Creating time-lapse videos with the a7
- Shooting multiple-exposure images
- Correcting lens distortion
- Creating stop-motion animation
- Stylizing photos in the a7
- Painting with light
- Photographing star trails
- Shooting long exposures
- Creating light shafts