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Top 10 Sony Alpha Photography Tips For Beginners

Top 10 Sony Alpha Photography Tips For Beginners

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Top 10 Sony Alpha Photography Tips For Beginners
Meta’s Top 10 Sony Alpha Photography Tips

Top 10 Sony Alpha Photography Tips For Beginners

Here are Meta’s Top 10 Sony Alpha Photography Tips you can use to take Better Sony Alpha Photos.

1) Insert a Fresh Sony Alpha Camera Battery and Check the SD Card Space before leaving the Studio. Always carry Spare Sony Alpha Battery and SD Card.

2) Clean your Sony Alpha Cameras and Lenses before and after every outing. Carry Zeiss Lens Wipes and MagicFiber Cleaning Cloths.

3) Use Grids For Level Horizons – There’s nothing worse than a Landscape Photography with a tilted horizon. To get the Best Level Horizons, turn on the Grid Option.

4) Use Manual Focus – Auto Focus takes an average focus of the entire image, but for sharper photos, use Manual Focus. Focus on an area in the Foreground, Middle Ground or Background. Once focused, you can also manually adjust the exposure.

5) Use a Sturdy Tripod – Keeping your Sony Alpha Camera perfectly still when taking photos will greatly improve your focus and sharpness. Use Sturdy Tripod whenever possible.

6) Sony Remote Control – Keep the camera very still when taking a photo. Shutter Speeds can often drop below 1/60th of a second, resulting in blurry hand held photos. Don’t bump or shake the Sony Alpha Camera while shooting. For TimeLapses and Slow Shutter Shots, such as Waterfalls, Lakes and Streams, always use a Sony Remote Control and a Sturdy Tripod.

7) Camera Filters – These can be easily added to your Sony Lenses or Minolta Lenses. CPL Filters can help reduce reflections on wet surfaces. ND Filters are required for Long Exposures (1/2 S –2 S), such as smoothing a Waterfall, Lake or Stream.

8) Better Composition – Ever wonder why some photos look better than others? Composition is key! Try to use Grids and incorporate the Foreground, Midground and Background into your photos using the Rule of 3rds or the Golden Ratio.

9) Focus On Your Subject – What is the subject of your Photo? Use Leading Lines to help draw a person into your photograph towards the subject.

10) Aspect Ratios – If you know the Aspect Ratio for your final Photo, say a 10” x 8” Print for a Photography Contest, shoot in 5:4 Aspect Radio. This will aid in your Composition and the Rule of 3rds Grid will line up correctly, plus you won't have to crop off the sides

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Learn How To Photograph Macro Photography On Sony Alpha Cameras

Camera: Sony a77 II Digital Camera
Lens: Minolta Maxxum AF 100mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Lens
ISO: ISO 100
Shutter Speed: 1/125th
White Balance: AWB
Photo Format: RAW
Filter: HOYA CPL Filter
Remote Control: Use a Sony Remote Control in Burst Mode



Sony Alpha Photography TipsMacro Photography Tips – Meta carries many different lights when shooting Macro Photography. Something as simple as a Powerful Pocket LED Flashlight can be used to light up dark Macro Subjects. Small LED Lights can also be mounted on Small Tripods to provide additional side or back lighting.

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Learn How To Photograph Hummingbirds On Sony Alpha Cameras

Camera: Sony a77 II Digital Camera
Lens: Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm ƒ/1.4 Lens
ISO: ISO 1600
Shutter Speed: 1/8000th (Fast Enough To Freeze Hummingbird Wings)
White Balance: AWB
Photo Format: RAW
Filter: HOYA CPL Filter
Remote Control: Use a Sony Remote Control in Burst Mode



Sony Alpha Photography TipsHummingbirds Photography Tips – When Shooting Hummingbird Photography, Meta uses an Sony Remote Control and views and controls the Sony Digital Camera with her iPhone. This remote photography technique lets her setup her Sony Digital Camera close to the Hummingbird Feeder, but remain at a distance, as not to disturb the hummers.

Meta’s Best Landscape Photography Tips For Beginners

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Learn How To Photograph Landscapes On Sony Alpha Cameras

Camera: Sony a77 II Digital Camera
Lens: Minolta Maxxum AF 24mm ƒ/2.8 Lens
ISO: ISO 100
Shutter Speed: 1/250th
White Balance: AWB
Photo Format: RAW
Filter: HOYA CPL Filter




Sony Alpha Photography TipsLandscape Photography Tips – When Shooting Landscape Photography, Meta uses an Sony Remote Control and a Slik Pro 700DX Tripod. This technique allows for slower shutter speeds below 1/60th of a second, especially when shooting Waterfalls and to smooth out the ripples on a lake.

Meta’s Best Astrophotography Tips For Beginners

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Learn How To Photograph The Milky Way On Sony Alpha Cameras

Camera: Sony a77 II Digital Camera
Lens: Minolta Maxxum AF 20mm ƒ/2.8 Lens
ISO: ISO 2500
Shutter Speed: 17 Seconds – Bulb Mode
White Balance: AWB
Format: RAW
Fast Shooting: Off
Image Stabilization: Off
Filter: HOYA Red Starscape Filter – Reduces Light Pollution
Remote Control: Use a Sony Remote Control to Manually Open and Close the Shutter

Sony Alpha Photography TipsAstrophotography Tips – When Shooting Astrophotography, Meta uses an Sony Remote Control and a Slik Pro 700DX Tripod. This technique allows for Very Long 17 Second Shutter Speeds to capture more of the night sky. Meta wears a Red LED Headlight on her head to prevent eye strain.

Meta’s Best Fireworks Photography Tips For Beginners

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Learn How To Photograph Fireworks On Sony Alpha Cameras

Camera: Sony a77 II Digital Camera
Lens: Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm ƒ/1.4 Lens
ISO: ISO 100
Shutter Speed: 10–15 Seconds – Bulb Mode
White Balance: AWB
Format: RAW
Fast Shooting: Off
Image Stabilization: Off
Filter: HOYA Variable ND Filter
Remote Control: Use a Sony Remote Control

Sony Alpha Photography TipsFireworks Photography Tips – When Shooting Fireworks, Meta uses an Sony Remote Control and a Slik Pro 700DX Tripod. This technique allows for Longer 10–15 Second Shutter Speeds. Meta wears a Red LED Headlight on her head to prevent eye strain.

Meta’s Best Waterfalls Photography Tips For Beginners

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Learn How To Photograph Waterfalls On Sony Alpha Cameras

Camera: Sony a77 II Digital Camera
Lens: Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm ƒ/1.4 Lens
ISO: ISO 100
Shutter Speed: 1/2 S to 1 S (Slow Enough To Blur Waterfalls)
White Balance: AWB
Photo Format: RAW
Filter: HOYA Variable ND Filter
Remote Control: Use a Sony Remote Control



Sony Alpha Photography TipsWaterfall Photography Tips – When Shooting Waterfall Photography, Meta uses an Sony Remote Control and a Slik Pro 700DX Tripod. This technique allows for slower shutter speeds of 1/2 Second to 2 Seconds to smooth out the Waterfalls. Meta uses a Variable ND Filter to cut down the light when using long exposures.

Meta’s Best Wildlife Photography Tips For Beginners

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Learn How To Photograph Wildlife On Sony Alpha Cameras

Camera: Sony a77 II Digital Camera
Lens: Minolta Maxxum AF 28–135mm ƒ/4.0–4.5 Lens
ISO: ISO 100
Shutter Speed: 1/2000th (Fast Enough To Freeze Any Action)
White Balance: AWB
Photo Format: RAW
Filter: HOYA CPL Filter
Remote Control: Use a Sony Remote Control in Burst Mode



Sony Alpha Photography TipsWildlife Photography Tips – When Shooting Landscape Photography, Meta uses an Sony Remote Control and a Slik Pro 700DX Tripod. Meta keeps the shutter speed very high, as not to miss any Wildlife Action. Meta uses a Circular Polarizing Filter to cut down on any glare from water or wet objects.

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