|Published:||October 18, 2013 (Paperback and Kindle)|
|Length:||50 Pages (including photos)|
About the Book -
From the Introduction
All I knew is that my camera sucked. Beyond that, I wasn’t sure where to start. I just wanted to take good pictures. Is that so hard?
Actually yes, because I not only wanted to take good pictures, but have the ability to capture fast moving objects in bad lighting crammed into a small form factor. The more I dug into it the more variables I found, until I had information running out of my ears. Finally after much searching I stepped up from my point and shoot to the Sony Alpha NEX-3N.
I’m not a camera expert. However, in my search for this camera and in learning to use it, I have learned more than I ever thought I would about camera technology. In that time I have accumulated pages of notes, thousands of photos, and movie after movie where individual variables were changed in an effort to determine what effect each had on the final product.
During this period I learned what is truly important to a beginner, and it is only as a novice myself that I realized how important these questions are to answer right from the beginning. This book is aimed at the individual stepping up from their camera phone or a regular point and shoot to this machine. Someone who might not know what an f-stop is or how it relates to the ISO settings or the aperture. Or what impact the lens has on any of this. Phase detect vs contrast detect auto-focus? Does it really matter? These are trial-by-fire questions you might not get an answer to until you spend the money on this unit and find out what impact they have in real world scenarios.
Since purchasing this
camera I have read web pages, blogs, manuals, and quick guides all
about the NEX system. Though well written I never felt part of the
target audience. Answers to the questions I had seemed too simple for
them to cover, or the answers buried too deeply. So I created the book
that I wanted from the beginning to save me from the pitfalls I
experienced by rushing out the door unprepared. Mistakes that cost me
shots I will never have again.
you the type of person that likes to dive into something head-first?
Getting out there and actually taking pictures is the best way to
master photography. But how many failed photos will you take along the
way? Covering only the essentials, and how they are applied to the NEX,
this crash course will get you out there shooting quality photos
without bogging you down in unnecessary details.
The NEX-3N is Sony's effort to court the point and shoot crowd. A large sensor coaxed into a small body was the basis for the NEX line, but the 3N takes it to a new level by incorporating the new collapsible zoom lens as well as a dedicated zoom lever. Finally with these two features the 3N is closer to a point and shoot camera in body and design but approaching a professional DSLR in picture quality.
If you're a beginner moving up from a point and shoot or even a cell phone and taking a step out of your comfort zone, then this book can be the safety net you need to ensure you get the shots and not the flops.
This book is available as both hard-copy and kindle editions with additional electronic editions to come in the future.
Bonus Goodies -
large majority of the photos in the text have been cropped or resized
during the editing process. The purpose of this section though is
give a higher quality image than the one offered in the book for a more
thorough inspection. With the exception of the one full size
meant to show the detail captured by the NEX, all of the images have
been resized to be less than one megabyte for the purpose of bandwidth
Note: Images actually depicting the NEX-3N were taken with a Canon Powershot SD1000 Digital Elph.
||Detail of the controls on the
back of the NEX. Taken on a nice sunny day at the beach with the
camera on a tripod. Exposure Time - 1/125 sec,Aperture f/8.0, ISO
||Top-down view of the NEX sitting
on a table in my reading room. Exposure Time - 1/8 sec, Aperture
f/4.0, ISO 200
||Showing off the memory card slot
and the connection ports. Exposure Time - 1/8 sec, Aperture
f/4.9, ISO 200
||Notice the IR lamp for helping
with the contrast based focus. Also note the push button to
the lens. Exposure Time - 1/10 sec, Aperture f/2.8, ISO 200
||Reference numbers are in the
text. Shot of the display of the camera pointing at a solid red
object. Exposure Time - 1/3, Aperture f4.5, ISO 100
||Focus on the foreground object
and the background object. Composite shot.
||To highlight the differences
between a wide open (low f-stop) aperture setting and a high f-stop
setting. Composite shot.
||Example of a shot with a long
shutter speed and a different shot with a short shutter speed.
short speed was taken with a flash. The longer shot of the
was taken using the BULB setting until I felt the moment was captured
just right. Composite shot.
light metering, different shots
||These three shots were taken
with identical 0.0 light metering however with widely different
settings. Composite shot. Top Left Exposure Time 1/320,
f/3.5, ISO 6400: Top Right Exposure Time 1/40, Aperture f/4.0, ISO 800,
Bottom Exposure Time 1/3, Aperture f/7.1, ISO 200
|One shot with a standard
exposure (Exposure Time 1/640, Aperture Unknown, ISO 800) and that same
shot as part of a HDR image.
||Panorama shot from bottom to top
of a tree. Stitched together in camera.
||Image processed by camera only,
full size as processed by camera. Honestly the image is not super
sharp showing the focus was slightly off. Exposure Time 1/160
||Upper left and lower right had
white balances selected by me. Lower left and upper right were
white balances as automatically selected by the camera. The white
balance the camera selected was influenced by all the blue water.
||The multi-point light metering
that the camera defaults to will fail in a number of
cases where the subject is lit from behind this is the general
Exposure Time 1/250 sec, ISO 200
||There are a number of in-camera
processing effects. This is one of the accent modes. There
several modes covering different colors. Exposure Time 1/80 sec,
at 1/60 sec
Fan at 0.4 sec
||When shooting a video in manual
mode your shutter speed becomes your frame rate. If you shoot
long of a shutter speed your video will turn out completely different
(usually for the worse) although this does not affect the audio.
image represents a frame from a video shots with that frame rate.
|Subject with Vintage Yashinon Lens||43
||Subject shot with a vintage lens
on the camera. The lens had an aperture of f/1.7 and was shot
open leading to the very out of focus background. Exposure Time
sec, ISO 1250