David Busch's Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Guide to Digital Photography

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  • DAVID BUSCHSSONY DSLR-A850

    GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

    David D. Busch | Alexander S. White

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  • About the AuthorsWith more than a million books in print, David D. Busch is one of the best-sellingauthors of books on digital photography and imaging technology, and the originator ofpopular series like David Buschs Pro Secrets and David Buschs Quick Snap Guides. Hehas written 13 hugely successful guidebooks for Sony and other digital SLR models,including the all-time #1 best-sellers for several different cameras, additional user guidesfor other camera models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, includingMastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition and Digital SLR Pro Secrets. As a rov-ing photojournalist for more than 20 years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles,and newspaper reports with award-winning images. Hes operated his own commercialstudio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports fora daily newspaper and upstate New York college. His photos have been published inPopular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hun-dreds of other publications. Hes also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet andComputer Shopper.

    When About.com named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, debut-ing at the #1 and #2 slots were Buschs Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Referencefor Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. During the past year, hes had as manyas five of his books listed in the Top 20 of Amazon.coms Digital Photography Best-seller listsimultaneously! Buschs 100-plus other books published since 1983 includebest-sellers like David Buschs Quick Snap Guide to Using Digital SLR Lenses.

    Busch is a member of the Cleveland Photographic Society (www.clevelandphoto.org),which has operated continuously since 1887.

    Visit his website at http://www.dslrguides.com/blog.

    Alexander S. White is an attorney, writer, and amateur photographer. He is the co-author of David Buschs Canon PowerShot G10/G11 Guide to Digital Photography, andauthor of Photographers Guide to the Leica D-Lux 4: Getting the Most from LeicasCompact Digital Camera and Dauntless Marine: Joseph Sailer Jr., Dive-Bombing Ace ofGuadalcanal. He began his life-long interest in photography as a teenager, when he wasfortunate enough to have his own darkroom in his parents house in Philadelphia. Healso discovered the magic of Super-8 cinematography, and coerced his friends into mak-ing numerous amateur productions. He later ventured into the production of soundfilms and went on to major in Communication at Stanford University, concentratingin Broadcasting and Film, before serving in the U.S. Army and later attending theUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School. His other interests include genealogy; he main-tains a family history website and continues to do research into his familys ancestry. Helives near Richmond, Virginia, with his wife, Clenise.

    www.clevelandphoto.orghttp://www.dslrguides.com/blog

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  • Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xivIntroduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv

    Chapter 1Getting Started with Your Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 1Your Out-of-Box Experience. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Initial Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    Battery Included . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6Final Steps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7Formatting a Memory Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

    Selecting a Shooting Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15Choosing a Metering Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17Choosing a Focus Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18Selecting a Focus Point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20Turning on SteadyShot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21Other Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

    Adjusting White Balance and ISO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21Using Exposure Compensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22Using the Self-Timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

    Reviewing the Images Youve Taken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24Transferring Photos to Your Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

    Chapter 2Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Roadmap 29Front View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31The Sony Alphas Business End . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36Going Topside. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45Underneath Your Sony Alpha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

    Contents

  • Lens Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49LCD Panel Readouts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50Looking Inside the Viewfinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

    Chapter 3Setting Up Your Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 57Anatomy of the Sony Alphas Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58Recording Menu 1/2/3/4 Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

    Image Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60Aspect Ratio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62D-Range Optimizer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65Custom Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66Creative Style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66Color Space. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67Flash Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69Flash Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69Flash Compensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70Exposure Step . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71ISO Auto Range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71AF-A Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71AF Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72Priority Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73AF Illuminator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73AF w/ Shutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73Long Exp. NR/High ISO NR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75Rec Mode Reset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

    Custom Menu 1/2/3 Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78AF/MF Button. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78AF/MF Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79AF Drive Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80AF Area Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80Focus Hold Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80Auto Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80Preview Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81AEL Button. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82Ctrl Dial Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

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  • Dial Exp. Comp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83Ctrl Dial Lock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83Button Ops. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84Release w/o Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84Rec. Info. Disp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85Exp. Comp. Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85Bracket Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86Custom Reset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

    Playback Menu 1/2 Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86Delete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88Protect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88DPOF Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89Playback Display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90Slide Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

    Setup Menu 1/2/3/4 Options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91LCD Brightness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92Info. Disp. Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92Power Save . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93Video Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93HDMI Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95Date/Time Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95Memory Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95File Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96Folder Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97Select Folder/New Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97USB Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98Mass Strg. Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98Menu Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....

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