Best Audio Settings for Sony Cameras in Just Three Minutes

Audio settings can be confusing at first glance, so here are one videographer's go-to settings, delivered in just a few minutes!

Many of us photographers have either had to pivot to doing some videography as well, or we have chosen to do so to add another feather to our cap. My personal journey has been a mixture of both of these. While I have loved videography and particularly cinematography for many years, I only began taking the leap into videography when paid opportunities presented themselves. 

For the most part, adding video to my work wasn't difficult, in fact there's so much overlap with photography that it was intuitive in many ways. However, there were a few settings and nuances that I couldn't have known from doing photography alone. One of the key gaps in my knowledge was sound. Many filmmakers attribute the value of the sound in a movie to be worth 50% or more of the overall experience (David Lynch and George Lucas have both made this point.) Danny Boyle also observed when he was starting out that American movies seemed much better than British movies, even if they were technically worse. He realized that was all down to the American studios putting a far bigger budget together for sound.

So, watch this short video, experiment with your settings, and see if your videos can be improved just by simple tweaks to the sound.

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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