Flying
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Taken: 24 November, 2015
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 6400
  • Shutter speed: 1/50s

I suppose at some point I need to start at the beginning, so here are a few photos on the journey from Helsinki to Buenos Aires. Flying is not the most exciting thing in the world, so I put the time to good use. The Sony A7RII still felt like a new camera in my hands and I was trying to learn where I had put all the custom settings. Getting comfortable with a new system always takes time and this particular camera has a lot of smart things going on that are great to have at your fingertips. I’d spent a week shooting with it the studio before the start of this journey but hadn’t had the chance to use it much out and about.

These are my first efforts with it. The shot of the man with the headphones allowed me to use the Silent Shooting mode I had set up in the Function settings; the shot of the Exit sign showed off the Steadyshot ability of the camera; the xmas tree out of focus shot was just to have a look at what the bokeh looks like… As a rule, I’m shooting in aperture priority mode, adjusting the EV dial accordingly, with  Spot focus, Multi metering and Auto ISO. The Auto ISO shutter speed I have set to faster or fast, mainly because the camera is able to capture such an absurd amount of detail, I’m hand-holding and you generally don’t have to worry about noise. Having quick access in the Function settings to change this makes it easy to adjust.

There are still so many things I haven’t played around with yet, such as using my phone as a remote. It’s all set up, ready to go, it just hasn’t happened yet. Nor have I used the Eye-Focus mode much with the portraits, even though I have it as an easily accessible custom setting. I’m just so used to using the spot focus and adjusting that I’m struggling to incorporate new tricks when in the moment. I’ll keep on playing and see what direction this camera takes me. So far, so good.

Update: 19/02/16 – Now that I’ve had the camera for a while, the only thing that is different from what I wrote above is that I usually have the camera set to fully manual (with Av priority my second most common mode), adjusting shutter and aperture on the dials for each situation, utilising the Exposure compensation dial a lot, and letting the auto ISO (parameters 100-3200) do its thing. A good habit to get into after taking a shot is to set the exposure to a happy medium, say f/5.6@200th, ready for any sudden need to react later. My reason for going to fully manual is that it forces me to think more about the shot. If I’m in a situation where I need a quicker reaction time, I go to Av priority, with a quick glance to see what setting I have Auto ISO shutter speed on.

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