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11 Useful Sony Camera Settings You Didn't Know About!

Cameras have become increasingly more complicated of late, and with that comes a complexity of menus. They can be overwhelming to work through, but hidden inside are many options that can transform your quality of life when shooting.

When I first started photography, setting up your camera meant choosing to shoot in raw over JPEG and, if you were really advanced, adding back-button focusing through custom options. Now, there are menus upon menus, submenus upon submenus, and drop-downs with myriad more settings in them; it's a lot.

I still don't do all that much customizing of my cameras, but I do change button assignments and some settings to suit how I work, and one of my favorites happens to be on this list. When I do my corporate work, a lot of times the clients will want to see the options from the shots I had taken and would "review" each frame. I used to make notes of the file numbers to come back to, but now I use the in-camera playback rating option to get clients to rate each photo from 1-5 stars, then apply that. When I open up the shoot in Adobe Lightroom, it has the star ratings baked in so I don't have to write anything down or remember any comments.

Were there any settings on your Sony you found that had a positive impact? Share them in the comments below.

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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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