Shooting With My New “Non-Pro” Camera
August 31, 2015 § 2 Comments
I went out and bought a new camera…a Sony a6000. It’s the 1st time in over 30 years that I used anything but Nikon as far as “small” cameras are concerned. I’ve shot pictures with my Samsung Galaxy 5, but I still consider that a phone with the ability to shoot pictures. I know that sounds confusing, but that’s how I feel. I also shot with a Hassleblad and a Toyo 4×5 and a Toyo 8×10 back in “the old days”, but small always meant Nikon. I bought the Sony as a small “run around” camera, but after seeing it had 24mp, 11 frames/second, and supposedly the fastest auto-focus of any camera, I decided to try it out in the studio. I don’t want to turn this into a camera review…there’s a ton of those on the web, but I was very highly impressed! I decided to shoot some still life images, and here’s how I did it. No studio lights and no tripod. I set the camera to manual, and hand held it at 800 iso. For the glassware shots, I leaned on a ladder and shot the glassware as they were, on a shelf. I’m including a shot I took of my sound system so you can see the glassware on the shelf in the upper left. I did move the glassware forward into the shaft of sunlight coming in the window. For the wooden kitchen utensils, I shot them as they were on my storage shelf. I did place a cutting board behind as a background. The peaches and toy blocks were shot on a piece of black formica on my floor in front of my large north facing window. I put the camera on auto bracket and burst mode. This camera fires so fast that I was sure to get something usable from each set-up. If I was fortunate to get a couple of brackets that aligned perfectly…and I did, I could use exposure blending in PS. The only image where I used HDR, was the 2nd glassware image, and I purposely used a “painterly” effect…not sure I like it, but thought it was worth a try. My title refers to “Non-Pro”. That’s really a “tongue in cheek” comment as I believe someone could shoot with the most expensive equipment available and still be a hack, while others can use anything and turn out beautiful high quality “professional” if you will, images. I once saw Terry Richardson shoot a spread for Vogue or Harper’s using a point and shoot…so I guess there’s hope for me and my little toy camera!
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