Sony A6000 - Beginners Help Required

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skyglider Veteran Member • Posts: 5,743
Re: Sony A6000 - Beginners Help Required

Suz_Dellos wrote:

Hi,

I purchased the Sony A6000 a few months back so I could take pictures of stock for my website.

I am really struggling with using the camera indoors and I can't work out the settings in order to take a good picture. Does anyone have any experience with this camera or can recommend a decent guide to use?

I am really good at using it outdoors on a sunny day, it's only indoors I need help with.

Not sure if your indoor problems are:

  • Out of focus
  • Wrong colors
  • Pictures too dark

That said, try these for starters:

  1. Reset the camera to factory defaults using the reset function in the menu.
  2. Turn the mode dial to "P" mode.
  3. Go into the menu and set focus mode to AF-S (Auto Focus Single) and set the focus area to Center (single small rectangle).
  4. Enable the zebra overlay and set it to 100%.
  5. the a6000 also has the option (Settings tab, page 6, Dial/Wheel Ev Comp) to devote one of the dials to operate exposure compensation.

Auto Focus Single is for stationary subjects (while Auto Focus Continuous is for moving subjects). The Zebra overlay at 100% will show stripes on anything that is over exposed and will be clipped. You don't want any zebra stripes on anything you want detail to show.

Now to take a picture indoors (or outdoors):

  1. Insure that the mode dial is set to "P" mode.
  2. Frame the scene and adjust the white balance setting for best looking colors. There will be settings like auto, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent. Just cycle through the settings until the best looking colors are displayed. Check the user manual on how to do this. There should be a quick easy way using buttons without having to go into the menu.
  3. With the scene framed the way you want it, spin the exposure compensation dial (set in step-5 above) until zebra stripes appear and then spin the dial the other way until the zebra stripes just disappear. This will be the optimum exposure setting.
  4. Set the small rectangle in the viewfinder (or back LCD screen) on the subject.
  5. Half press the shutter and hold it until the in focus beep and maybe a green light happens to indicate that focus is locked.
  6. While still half pressing the shutter you can recompose the scene to your liking.
  7. Now SLOWLY press the shutter all the way down to snap the picture. Press so slowly that when the shutter trips it surprises you. That will eliminate camera shake caused by pressing the shutter button too fast.

You should end up with a picture with correct colors, sharp focus of the subject, and optimum exposure. Do this for outdoor and indoor pictures.

Note that setting the white balance in step-2 only has to be done once when entering an environment for the first time. Like going outdoors in sunlight. Or going indoors that has tungsten lighting. Once the while balance is set, you don't have to fool with it until you change lighting environment.

There are other considerations like taking pictures with back lighting stronger than the lighting of the subject but that's another discussion.

Sky

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