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Sony A7II: Field Test! (Part2)

(We gave our first impressions here in Part 1 on the A7II. We’re now about to detail its image quality in real life.)

Sony just announced the all new A7rII (please read here our Top 7 Game Changing Features of the A7rII) with some amazing new features. We love how aggressive Sony is on the market forcing the “big ones” to react or die. This is an excellent competition, forcing every manufacturers to move forward and offer some real innovative technologies that Canon and Nikon (10 reasons to switch to mirrorless) have not been too prompt to do these past 5 years, thinking that their reputation and their cameras were good enough no matter what (Will they go full frame mirrorless?).

Official Sony Mirrorless website

“You will never regret, even a second, the images produced by this sensor”.

That being said, with the A7 series announced back in October 2013, Sony had already declared war to Canon and Nikon with this new category of weapons stating new references on the market especially with the A7s in terms of ISO performances. This series was very well engineered right from scratch and no one can deny its success now. The A7II is thus a refinement of the A7 featuring new assests/ skills that we have been discussing in the first part here.

As you already know, I loved how handy and well built this camera is. It is very practical and easy to use even though I think I could use one more customizable button. I also had to point a few flaws but they are not significant considering the qualities and the delight that this camera will offer you! So I am now going to test and review the image quality, for those who cannot put $3200 on the table to splurge on the all new A7rII (body only), the A7II offers already a great quality enjoyable for most of us, enthusiats and even pro-photographers — as I discussed here in a previous article —  for half the price, $1600 body only.

Image Quality

It is clear that the image quality depends on the lens you are using. It is then difficult to establish a clear ranking unless you do scientific tests and multiple comparisons with different cameras with the same lenses like DxOlab would do. Continue reading Sony A7II: Field Test! (Part2)

6 Photography Tips You’ve Never Heard Of

We’re used to say that it’s the 40 first years that are difficult when you play Golf, in Photography, we’re used to say that you start having good shots after 10 thousands of them. Of course, those are proverbs and fortunately for us it doesn’t represent the reality, but it has a hint of truth, at least it translates the fact that it’s not an easy activity that you will master over a month of practice.

Here we’ll help you get some tips you never heard before to help you improve:

6. Listen to Music While Shooting or Editing Your Photos

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Photography is an art, it is important to stimulate it and what more ideal than to listen to music while doing what you love the most? Music will help you vary your habits in terms of composition, but it’ll also help you try new ways to post-process your pictures. While on the field, it can also help you focus on your subject/ composition because you’ll be isolated in your own world. Of course, that doesn’t apply if you shoot a model, at least not with headphones, instead, try that: Fashion Shoot Jam. Depending on your mood, or on the atmosphere you aim at, try different kind of music, from classical to heavy metal, pop or even reggae. Whatever works for you.

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Stuck at Home? Macro is your savior!

Why will macro-photography save you while you are stuck at home (especially during this season)? Because even if it’s freezing, pouring or stormy out there, you can always have fun with your camera at home. Of course, you could go out by stormy weather and that can give you great photographs, but if you don’t feel like it, just grab your macro equipment and have fun!

Getting Inspired

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“Seeds on Ice” | @ 90mm; f/4.5; 1/2500 sec; 100 ISO

I always keep at home things like dandelion seeds, feathers, flowers that I find in my garden, in public gardens or in the forest. You can bring out the photogenic aspects of these little things with good lighting and backgrounds. I had written an article before on “How to Get Artful droplets on Flower Petals” which was also completely made at home.

Minimalism: All About the Composition Continue reading Stuck at Home? Macro is your savior!