Flash Exposure Problems FIXED!
|The kinds of problems I had with automatic fill flash (left) with the NEX-7 (the A77 behaved the same way). Switching to manual flash and manual exposure (right) was the only way to correct for it... until now.|
- Not Your Father's Flash Exposure
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The trivial delay demonstrated on the A77 in last December's video has been reduced as well, which is another welcome addition (although the huge delay of the A99 is still there). At long last, the A77 is the camera I wanted to fall in love with when I first got it.
So major kudos points go to Sony for doing the right thing (plus a few bonus points for practicing classic Soviet-style silence and denial :-) ).You can go to Sony's eSupport website, enter your model number, and download the latest firmware updates (with accompanying instructions) here.
Not Your Father's Flash Exposure
Although you'd think that flash exposure calculation would be a mature algorithm, it turns out Sony continues to tinker with it. Check out these images taken in Cuba by the Konica Minolta 7D:
|Fill-flash the old way. A girl in Cuba with the Konica Minolta 7D. It had a look that I liked .|
|Another example of where the 7D got it right without calling attention to itself and automatically balancing subject with background.|
|The A550's exposure metering was tweaked to do well in extremely difficult and non-standard light, but it failed when it came to doing fill-flash.|
When you take a flash picture of an 18% grey card, it should look like an 18% grey card. And it did in the old days (A700, left). But the same card taken with the A99 (or any modern Sony camera, including the A77, or NEX-7) is overexposed by about 1 stop (center). In order to have it look "normal" I need to set Flash Exposure Compensation to -1 (right). Because I really don't like the blown-out-flash look that the newer cameras provide by default, I now keep my flash exposure compensation permanently set to -0.7 (a healthy compromise - sometimes I'll set it to less light depending on the ambient light level and the look I'm going for).
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The Vancouver event has been moved to the close-by artistic community of Gibsons. Check out the link to find out more.
I'm also about 3/4 finished with the Alpha 99 book, which is taking longer than expected because I want to be very thorough and I know that 90% of those who buy that book will be repeat customers. (And remember, the A900 book took six months and this camera is significantly more complex!). I'm shooting for March, 2013 (probably toward the end).
Guest Blogger Neal Katz loves his RX-100 and has used it for taking photos while scuba diving. His experience may be valuable to others with similar asperations so I've asked Neal to write up what he's learned and "share it with the rest of the class". :-) His writeup appears here.
Yours Truly, Gary Friedman