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Nex-7

Going Back

It’s that time of year again when we are transitioning from fall to winter. For me, it’s not one of the most picturesque seasons. I think of it as one of the eight seasons, this one being the almost winter season, soon we’ll have a short break from the road construction seasons and snow will fill in the potholes for a while. When the cold snowy blanket of winter sets in I seem to get out and photograph more.
While I’m inside a bit more, I have been trying to reorganize my photo libraries. I’ve recently been moving offices and no longer have a place at my work to store my artwork and life away from home, it’s been a bit of a challenge to organize my home office in such a way that it all will fit and I can still work. The other problem with reorganizing digital files is I’m so easily side tracked. Here I’ll show you my latest side tracking... I paused to look again at some Hawaii images. I found another one I really liked. Here it is.
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This image seems to have motion in it, also things are getting cold around here and it makes me feel warm, But the swirling circular feel of the sea water on the rocks is what caught my eye. The pale sky before the sunrise helps to keep the balance.
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Sony Nex-5n Cable Release



Why would I want a Cable Release?
It would seem the people at Sony thought asked the same question when they came up with the Nex series cameras. It also seems they didn't find a reason. However, they did make the wireless remote control quite useful. So back to the question. The first and most important reason is to help with camera shake on long exposures. If you are a landscape photographer you know that to be able to shoot at F16 or F22 to get the depth of field you want the shutter speed is often very long. If you are using your hand to release the shutter there's a chance that you'll shake the camera and your images will come out softer than they otherwise might have been. One other thing I do often is bulb mode exposures. Bulb mode is when you open up your lens for an indefinite amount of time. You might be making star trails, or painting in something with a flashlight. You need to be able to lock open the lens and then close it whenever you decide you want to. I guess the other reason is for you to be in the image yourself.

Remote Control

In many ways I prefer the wireless to the wired. The Sony remote control allows you to use bulb mode. Push once to open and push once to close it. The 2 second button I use all the time to give the camera a little delay before anything inside moves. The only thing missing from the standard remote or inside the camera is a interval timer. I have found an interval timer remote control and it's not he way. I'll let you know how it works when it gets here.

Firstly a good tripod, secondly some way to trigger the camera without touching it.
Quick Tip: If you don't have a cable release or remote control, use your camera's self timer feature. You can often set these to a couple seconds, trust me the default ten seconds sometimes feels like an eternity. Using the self timer will allow you to not be touching the camera when the shutter opens.

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You don't want to be bumping the camera when you are making a 2 or 3 second exposure.

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A light painting of my good friend's pumpkin.














Sony Nex Accessories

Whenever you change a camera or in my case a camera system there's a ripple effect that goes through much of your gear. Most things can be repurposed. Sometimes they need to be sold as they are camera specific. But getting the right accessories for the images you want to make can be a lot of fun. Here are a couple videos of the first things I've added to my Sony Cameras.

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Photography Basics ISO Part 1 and 2

ISO Speed is one of three basic things you need to grasp all of photography. The three things are Aperture, ISO, and Shutter Speed. All current photography and old photography relies on these three principles. ISO being used for the sensitivity to light of the medium to be exposed.

In recent years ISO has been a major focus of digital camera manufacturers. It's amazing how far they have been able to push the technology, and how useful it is. Please enjoy the video.


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Sony Nex-7 Accessories

I've been posting some videos about the Sony Nex-7 Compact System Camera sometimes called mirror less cameras. I really am liking this little powerhouse of a camera. I've been getting some questions as to links to where I got my accessories. So I've put together a list of links from mostly amazon. (I really like amazon prime) So here you go. I'll likely update this list as I find more accessories.











Sony Nex-7 Accessories Links

AC Power Adapters


Non Sony Brand
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005JKJA7U/ref=cm_sw_em_r_am_ip_am_us?ie=UTF8

Sony Brand
http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&productId=8198552921666192686

Hotshoe Adapter
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003URJP5Q/ref=oh_o06_s00_i00_details

Digital Slave
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00009UU0Z/ref=oh_o05_s00_i00_details

Semi Hard LCD Cover
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Semi-hard-plastic-protective-screen/dp/B005K8AUE8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1330220213&sr=8-3

Sony Hotshoe Flash
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001BRP0UG/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details

Sony Nex Lens Mount Adapter
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005K8AUYI/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details


Sony Nex-7 Little Known Features

Sony Nex-7 Little Known Features

Perhaps you are just curious about the Sony Nex-7 Ultra Compact System Camera. It's intriguing for sure. I was on the fence for quite a while. While I liked the idea and the size, the image quality and feature set of the compact system cameras on the market just weren't up to par with DSLRs. I think the Sony Nex-7 changes this feeling. It utilizes a fantastic APS-C sensor. Yep, the same size as in most DSLRs. And it has the control and build quality a demanding photographer wants/needs. The Nex-7 gives you quick control of all crucial settings and even things where I'd have to have gone to the menu system on my DSLR to get at. I am falling in love with this little Sony. It's a joy to carry and use. Image quality is superb. I just printed a couple 16x24s and the detail is fantastic. Soon I'll be printing some at 24x36. I'm excited to see where the next crop of Compact System Cameras take us. No doubt they are now going to start putting the pressure on the old school DSLR systems.

Sorry for the tangent. The video shows some of the navigation and control features of the Sony Nex-7. Most of these weren't shown in the video's and reviews I've been reading and watching.
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Nex-7 Adobe Camera RAW Calibration Presets

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Nex-7 Rocks!


It's no secret that I love my Nex-7 from Sony. This little camera has helped re-energize my love of photography. It's paramount in me having a very capable camera with me all the time. (almost all the time) Naturally there are things I wish for and hope for with the next release of this amazing camera. Or even firmware release. But overall I'm in love with this little thing. One pain I've been having is with Lightroom 4 and ACR. Yes, I shoot mostly in RAW. I often shoot in RAW + JPEG mode so I can use the jpeg files instantly with my iPhone or iPad. What happens if you shoot in RAW + JPEG mode when you import into Lightroom? You see your JPEG image at first until Lightroom can process the RAW file and render it's own preview. What happens then is sort of Scary! your image goes from a pretty nice looking file to the raw data and it's not nearly as pretty. See image below.




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So we went from about there to where do I start? With most Nikons or Canons I've used, I'd simply go to develop, Camera Calibration and change profiles. The problem? There are no profiles for this camera from Adobe. With a little coaxing you can bring the sliders to where the image will sing to you. But I really try hard to get my settings close in camera. Well, a quick google search brought me to a website from someone named Maurizio Piraccini who has made a bunch of Calibration Profiles for us, The profiles are exactly what you'd expect and work perfectly! Here's a link. Click Here. Download these and try them out. There are also profiles for the Sony Nex-5n the Sony Nex-C3 along with the Nex-7 and many other Sony Digital Cameras. It's so much nicer to start with what you saw in camera as you made your adjustment or at least close to that. You can then save these as part of a preset and apply that to your images on import. Save a bunch of time and gets you back out shooting fast. I've recorded a little video for you. See Below. Thanks for visiting reflectedpixel.com.























Sony 70-400 G on Sony Nex-7

I recently had a chance to rent the 70-400mm G series Super Telephoto Lens from BorrowLenses.com. I had the lens for a weekend and shot a few kids soccer games with it. I also took the opportunity to make a short video look at the lens, how it focuses and handles. Here they are Part 1 we look at the lens and how it feels. Part 2 is just a look through some of the images and my thoughts after using it for a couple days.


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I've been looking at this lens for a while. I really wanted to try it out. I had a coupon code for BorrowLenses.com that was about to expire so I decided to try out this lens for a weekend when both my two little boys had soccer games back to back. I have been shooting them with my 18-200 and it does a decent job on the younger game with it's smaller field. But it falls short with the older boys larger field. You just have to wait for the action to get closer. Also the contrast focus is slow for sports, even at this level. 


This 70-400 lens on the LA-E2 did a good job. The focusing is much faster than the standard contrast detection system due to the phase detect translucent mirror system in the LA-E2. Putting such a large lens on such a little camera was a little strange at first.

















Pixel King Flash Controller for Sony. Nex-7

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Pocket Wizard for Sony Nex-7
I've been wanting a pocket wizard TTL for my Nex-7 for a while now. Well, still waiting for the Wizards. There is an alternative and for me, they work just as good. They are much less expensive too. They're made by a company called Pixel. They are the King wireless transmitters. They make them for Sony, Nikon, and Canon. At first I though the high speed sync didn't work on the Nex-7, but now, thanks to one of my readers, I know that high speed sync does work if everything is setup right. With my Nikon and Wizards it pretty much always worked assuming the camera was in auto FP mode. With the Sony you have to have the flash head forward and you cannot have your camera in rear curtain sync mode. I have always just left my cameras in rear curtain sync mode in case I wanted to slow down the shutter speed. With these you'll have to make the choice, do I want rear sync or fast sync. It does work in slow sync mode which seems maybe a little funny, But I'll have to test this particular camera to see when the flash fires in it's slow mode, front, rear, or in the middle somewhere. If slow fires at the end of the exposure, I'll put my camera in that mode most of the time.

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The King transmitters and receivers seem to be built very well, they feel about the same as the wizards. Both transmitter and receiver take AA batteries, a plus in my opinion. The receiver has a 1/4-20 metal thread in it for easy mounting to stands and monopods. They also come with a small tether, very useful if you're firing non hotshoe strobes. They each have a PC port included for this purpose. You can select channels and groups right on the unit itself. I had to do a firmware update for these to work with the Nex-7, it's a windows only program. I ran it through parallels desktop and didn't have any issues at all. I'm hoping to get one more flash unit soon, we'll see how the groups work.

Overall I'm impressed with the capabilities, build quality, and price of these units. Very much a Pocket Wizard alternative and if you're a Sony shooter, there are no wizards. So a great little product for a good price.

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