Geneva Motor Show: A77 meets Minolta colours (test shots & chasers)

Started Mar 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP Michel J Veteran Member • Posts: 4,009
Re: Geneva Motor Show: A77 meets Minolta colours (test shots & chasers)

JamieTux wrote:

Michel J wrote:

JamieTux wrote:

Michel J wrote:

JamieTux wrote:

if anything I see underexposure (caused by harsh overhead lights I guess)

No this is not the lights, it's me. I confess that I have to increase my technique to get a better exposure. It was the first "real life" testing with this camera. And "no RAW" so "no second chance"... ( )

I find that I need to overexpose by 2/3 stop to get good skin tones on portraits (I normally shoot raw and do it there to save the highlights!) with the A99, I imagine that the A77 would have similar metering.

Thanks Jamie, I will take a better look to the histogram.

What kind of metering you use? Spot or Center-Weighted?

It doesn't make much difference really the results come out quite dark - but I don't mind as the files are so clean and it means I get more highlight retention. I have my own preset in Lightroom that turns the files into my images as I import them

In the other hand, It's me or sometimes the EVF (effects to "ON") doesn't return to us a completely faithful representation of the "real life" according to desired exposure? (It appeared one time to me, after I changed many times from "portrait" to "landscape", then I restarted the camera (turn it "OFF" and "ON" again), then everything gone be alright.)

Yeah - it takes a while for white balance to catch up too I like EVF most of the time - but with extreme contrasts or quickly changing light it gets in the way a bit!

I want to increase skills with .jpeg (exposure, WB, strategies to use light, fill in and so on) because I expect this workflow not require a lot of PP if I have to use the .raw.

Yes and no - it's consistency that's key as then you can use your own presets

Yeah man! The answer I'm waited for. Thanks!

I had a scary shoot last week where the client was looking at my laptop and got to see all of my images before me - there's still a few minutes of work per image despite the fact they loved them straight away!

I exactly know what you mean. Thanks a lot! I will think about "concistency", now.After you thinking of it many time, everything becomes more tangible.

I am only saying this as I am sure that you can deliver much better examples than this

I'm working on it, thanks....

I'm sure you'll be fine - how do you find your reproduction work with it?

aha, I'm not the guy who try to incrimate the equipment, if you know what I mean. So time will tell how much I'm bad ( )

I didn't say you were -

Sure you didn't, it was a just touch of autodérision.

I thought that I read that your job was reproduction photography, apologies if I got that wrong though. It was a genuine question I think at low ISO the Sony SLTs are pretty much perfect cameras for that job!

You thought just right, it is.

But I learn every day something new, that was the point.

And yes, they are pretty much perfect (depending on the operator... lol). For short and for the repro (offset printing for magazines, I mean), I really like the Alpha in-camera jpeg, because it makes images very fat in tones gradation and images are sooo rich in all ...

There is no doubt it's possible to achieve that from the .raw but it cost a lot in PP if you work with care (and not easy to find the budget for a small structure). Reason why I want to try it like this, at first.

And the more I use the A77, the more I think it was made for .jpeg and journalism applications. This camera amaze me every days.

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