ILCE P H O T O G R A P H Y

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(ILCE = Interchangeable Lens Camera with E-mount)

I’ve used the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Ultra-Wide Angle Lens, attached to a Sony a6500 camera, on a few night shoots but wasn’t impressed with what I came away with. A bit hit and miss with some images spot on and others soft/blurred, too dark or only suitable for deletion. Was the lens at fault, the camera or me. Well it had to be me not using the equipment properly. I re-assessed my hand held night shoot technique's and I went through the camera menu and made two changes. Being a manual lens the camera cannot obtain focal length information from the lens as the in-camera stabilisation needs to know the focal length of the lens to compensate for it. It was set at 8mm so I turned it onto 9mm although I can’t imagine 1mm making much of a difference and it didn’t when I was shooting in daylight. The other was the Metering Mode which I set on ‘Entire Screen Avg.’ This measures the average brightness over the entire sensor. Down side to this setting on a night shoot is that it increases the ISO but I add negative exposure compensation which then reduces the ISO and also controls highlights in the image. Changes seemed to work as I now have more keepers than deletions. These were taken over several visits before and after Christmas.

Equipment Used: Sony Alpha a6500 CSC + Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens.

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London Night Shoot - December 2018/January 2019

London Night Shoot - December 2018/January 2019