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Fight the instinct

Tracking autofocus



Shoot raw

ISO 25600

I used the camera's Sunset mode for some of my sunset shots, and was pretty happy with the results.

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This shot might pass at a small size, but at full size you can tell that I couldn't resist the urge to pan and didn't realize that I hadn't switched the stabilization on the Sony 70-200mm f4 lens to Mode 2 (which doesn't try to stabilize horizontal motion). Sensor-shift stabilization systems usually have an automatic mode that senses when you're panning; unfortunately, the A6300 is optical-only. So even with a shutter speed of 1/2000 sec this shot failed. (Cropped and straightened from original.)

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The tracking autofocus worked pretty well during this series, though it locked onto his side because it was the biggest target. The logo on the board, his shorts and his vest are sharp; the rest, not so much. I could have increased the aperture from f5.6 to f8, which might have helped, but even at f5.6 the background isn't soft enough and his face would have been even more underexposed. (Also, yes, crooked horizon.)

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This was high-contrast lighting and a high-contrast subject. I brought back the highlights just a bit by processing the raw.

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The original scene had strong red lighting, so much so that parts of the JPEG image were completely blown out and oversaturated. I processed the raw to bring back some normalcy to the colors, and thankfully there was some highlight detail there, too.

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The original JPEG of this was quite underexposed, and her skin was blue because of the odd lighting. The camera's raw+JPEG burst buffer isn't huge, but it could handle a seven-shot burst and having the raw allowed me to fix it. (And yes, I have awful problems with tilted horizons.)

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Because of the noise reduction, the JPEG of this shot was pretty mushy; I was able to extract a little more detail by processing the raw. I also had to straighten and crop it a little.

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