Image Data Lightbox SR

This is a newer application than Picture Motion Browser and is better for viewing, sorting, and comparing images than the older program. It's no Adobe Lightroom (or Apple Aperture, for that matter), but the price free is right. The application lets you compare images, even when still in RAW format, and apply star ratings, so you can segregate your best shots from a group of similar images (as shown in Figure 8.3) while you manage your photo library. You can choose to view the images as all...

Prevention

One of the nice things about modern electronic cameras like the A390 A290 series is that they have fewer mechanical moving parts to fail, so they are less likely to wear out. No film transport mechanism, no wind lever or motor drive, no complicated mechanical linkages from camera to lens to physically stop down the lens aperture. Instead, tiny, reliable motors are built into each lens (and you lose the use of only that lens should something fail), and one of the few major moving parts in the...

Manual Exposure

Part of being an experienced photographer comes from knowing when to rely on your Sony Alpha's automation (including Auto, P mode, and Scene mode settings), when to go semi-automatic (with Shutter priority or Aperture priority), and when to set exposure manually (using M). Some photographers actually prefer to set their exposure manually, as the Alpha will be happy to provide an indication of when its metering system judges your manual settings provide the proper exposure, using the analog...

Setting Up Your Sony Alpha DSLRA390A290

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 and A290 have a remarkable number of options and settings you can use to customize the way your camera operates. Not only can you change shooting settings used at the time the picture is taken, but you can adjust the way your camera behaves. This chapter will help you sort out the settings for all the Alpha's menus. These include the Recording and Playback menus, which determine how the Alpha uses many of its shooting features to take a photo and how it displays images...

Flash Exposure Compensation

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It's important to keep in mind how the Alpha cameras' exposure compensation system (discussed in Chapter 4) works when you're using electronic flash. To activate exposure compensation for both flash and continuous light sources, choose Flash compens. from the Recording 1 menu. The Flash compens. screen appears (see Figure 7.11), with its plus minus scale. Use the left right controller keys to add or subtract exposure. Pressing the right button adds exposure to an image pressing the left button...

What Can Go Wrong

There are lots of things that can go wrong with your memory card, but the ones that aren't caused by human stupidity are statistically very rare. Yes, a memory card's internal bit bin or controller can suddenly fail due to a manufacturing error or some inexplicable event caused by old age. However, if your memory card works for the first week or two that you own it, it should work forever. There's really not a lot that can wear out. The typical memory card is rated for a Mean Time Between...

Color Space

Options sRGB Adobe RGB Default sRGB The Alpha's Color Space option, the first entry on the second page of the Shooting menu (see Figure 3.2), gives you three variations of two different color spaces (also called color gamuts), named Adobe RGB (because it was developed by Adobe Systems in 1998), and sRGB (supposedly because it is the standard RGB color space). These two color gamuts define a specific set of colors that can be applied to the images your Alpha captures. You're probably surprised...

Aperture Priority

In Aperture priority mode, you specify the lens opening used, and the Alpha selects the shutter speed. Aperture priority is especially good when you want to use a particular lens opening to achieve a desired effect. Perhaps you'd like to use the smallest f stop possible to maximize depth-of-field in a close-up picture. Or, you might want to use a large f stop to throw everything except your main subject out of focus, as in Figure 4.12. Maybe you'd just like to lock in a particular f stop...

Advanced Techniques for Your Sony Alpha DSLRA390A290

Of the primary foundations of great photography, only one of them the ability to capture a compelling image with a pleasing composition takes a lifetime or longer to master. The art of making a photograph, rather than just taking a photograph, requires an aesthetic eye that sees the right angle for the shot, as well as a sense of what should be included or excluded in the frame a knowledge of what has been done in the medium before and where photography can be taken in the future and a...

How Electronic Flash Works

The bursts of light we call electronic flash are produced by a flash of photons generated by an electrical charge that is accumulated in a component called a capacitor and then directed through a glass tube containing xenon gas, which absorbs the energy and emits the brief flash. For the pop-up flash built into the Sony Alpha, the full burst of light lasts about 1 1,000th second and provides enough illumination to shoot a subject 10 feet away at f 4 using the ISO 100 setting. In a more typical...

Fixing Exposures with Histograms

While you can often recover poorly exposed photos in your image editor, your best bet is to arrive at the correct exposure in the camera, minimizing the tweaks that you have to make in post-processing. However, you can't always judge exposure just by viewing the image on your Alpha's LCD after the shot is made. Nor can you get a 100-percent accurately exposed picture by using the Alpha's Live View feature. Ambient light may make the LCD difficult to see, and the brightness level you've set can...

What Lenses Can Do for

A saner approach to expanding your lens collection is to consider what each of your options can do for you and then choosing the type of lens that will really boost your creative opportunities. Here's a general guide to the sort of capabilities you can gain by adding a lens to your repertoire. Wider perspective. Your 18-55mm f 3.5-5.6 lens has served you well for moderate wide-angle shots. Now you find your back is up against a wall and you can't take a step backwards to take in more subject...

Setting a Custom White Balance

Setting a custom white balance expressly for the scene you want to shoot may be the most accurate way of getting the right color balance. It's easy to do with the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 A290. Just follow these steps 1. Press the Fn button, and then use the controller up down left right keys to navigate to the White Balance menu selection. Press the center controller button to produce the White Balance menu. 2. Scroll down the list of white balance options until the Custom entry is highlighted....

Exploring Ultra Fast Exposures

Fast shutter speeds stop action because they capture only a tiny slice of time. Electronic flash also freezes motion by virtue of its extremely short duration as brief as 1 50,000th second or less. The Sony Alpha A390 A290 dSLRs have a top shutter speed of 1 4,000th second and their built-in flash units can give you these ultra-quick glimpses of moving subjects. An external flash, such as one of the Sony HVL-series strobes, offers even more versatility. You can read more about using electronic...

Pixel Mapping Alpha A390 Only

Options Remap, Cancel Default None Sometimes good pixels go bad. Sometimes they're just made that way. We're talking here about the pixels on the Alpha's LCD screen, not sensor pixels. You're not likely to notice these errant pixels as you take photos, except when using Live View. You can reduce their effect by remapping the pixels shown on the LCD, so your Alpha will ignore them during display. Select this option and let your camera go to work, removing the bad pixels. This feature is not...

Auto Off w VF

The Sony Alpha's Eye-Start sensors automatically turn off the LCD display when you bring the camera to your eye assuming you're not using Live View when working with the A390 . If you'd rather have the LCD on all the time, you could always disable Eye-Start AF as described earlier in this section , but that might be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Instead, just set this menu item to Off, and your LCD display will remain even when you're looking through the viewfinder, and Eye-Start AF...

Info

Getting Started with Your Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 A290 I once read a camera guide that began with the author advising the Gentle Reader to resist the temptation to go out and take pictures until the proper amount of time had been spent Setting Up The Camera, apparently to avoid wasting electrons on shots that were doomed to failure if the arcane operational knowledge that was forthcoming wasn't first absorbed. What universe was he from Relax I fully expect that you took several hundred or a...

Contents

Getting Started with Your Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 A290_1 Differences Between the A390 and A290 Models 2 Your Out-of-Box Initial Battery Final Formatting a Memory Selecting a Shooting Choosing a Metering Choosing a Focus Selecting a Focus Other Adjusting White Balance and ISO 22 Using the Reviewing the Images You've Transferring Photos to Your Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 A290 Roadmap_27 Front The Sony Alpha's Business Going Underneath Your Sony Lens LCD Panel Looking Inside the Setting Up Your Sony Alpha...

Sony Alpha DSLRA390A290 Roadmap

One thing that always surprises new owners of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 A290 is that the cameras have a total of 397 buttons, dials, switches, levers, latches, and knobs bristling from its surface. Okay, I lied. Actually, the real number is closer to two dozen controls and adjustments, but that's still a lot of components to master, especially when you consider that many of these controls serve double-duty to give you access to multiple functions. Traditionally, there have been two ways of...

Ctrl Dial Setup

Options Shutter speed, Aperture Default Shutter speed Normally, spinning the control dial in Manual exposure mode changes the shutter speed the aperture must be changed by holding down the Exposure Compensation AV button while rotating the control dial. Use this setting to specify that the aperture is changed, instead, and that the shutter speed must be changed by pressing the AV button first. In Program auto mode, the camera selects both shutter speed and aperture for you. Use this menu option...

Introduction

Sony has done it again They've revised and compacted their popular entry-level dSLRs into two fresh versions in smaller highly affordable bodies that retain the best features of the earlier models. No matter which of these models you buy, you'll find your new camera is loaded with capabilities that few would have expected to find in an entry-level dSLR. Indeed, the Alpha retains the ease of use that smoothes the transition for those new to digital photography. For those just dipping their toes...

Using the Self Timer

If you want to set a short delay before your picture is taken, you can use the self-timer. Press the Drive button the left controller key , and use the up down controller buttons to highlight the self-timer icon, and press the left right controller buttons to select from either the 10-second self-timer which also can be used with the optional RM-S1AM or RM-L1AM Remote Commanders or 2-second self-timer. Press the center controller button to confirm your choice see Figure 1.17 and a self-timer...