Sony Xperia Photography Tutorial – Part 1: Camera Controls

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Anyway, here’s part 1 of the photography tutorial for Sony smartphones. If this doesn’t satisfy your smartphone photography needs, you’ll be happy to hear that I’ll record more (and more professional) tutorial videos soon: part 2 and part 3 covering post-processing of images and composition techniques (something that is very general of photography anyway – go check some other tutorials on that).

My own Z1 photography:

My Xperia Photography Flickr group:

Got questions or feedback? It’s always much appreciated!

28 Comments on Sony Xperia Photography Tutorial – Part 1: Camera Controls

  1. Well done my friend! I've a terrible doubt: i've iPhone 5S but i can change it with a Z3 Compact. I've seen many videos and comparisons but it seems iPhone is far better. Do you think is better to rest with the iPhone? I hope in a your answer! ;)

  2. Hi Herman,

    When using the geotagging feature in my Xperia Z, I have noticed that the photos have the geotags set to unknown. It is only when the phone is connected to mobile data or WiFi that the correct place/country are set. My device was set to High accuracy (GPS, WiFi and Mobile data). I have tried setting the device to only GPS but the behaviour is the same.

    I am not sure if this is the expected behaviour for Xperia Z. Is it necessary to keep the WiFi or Mobile data on to have the correct geotags?

    If it is then its realy weird, because I tried with another smartphone from Asus (Zenfone Laser 5.5) and it works perfect with no WiFi or mobile data. The tags are set correctly with longitudes and latitudes only on GPS setting on in the camera.

  3. Hallo Herman uut Grunn 😉 Erg leerzame video, top. Vraagje; mijn Xperia m4 schiet aardige plaatjes met de 13mp camera, maar soms lijkt er een lichte waas over de foto's te liggen. Zowel in SA modus als handmatig. Heb ik iets verkeerd ingesteld denk je?

  4. Hey great tutorial! But i have to ask, I had Samsung galaxy s3 and it had a ''Macro mode'' in the camera and it took pretty good images but i bought a Sony Xperia m4 aqua and the ''macro'' images just aren't that good and focus doesn't work when filming close to an object. And when in auto mode it sometime says ''macro'' on the side of the screen but it just doesn't stay on the mode when focusing. is there manual way to shoot macro? Yeah long and hard explanation :D

  5. hiii i just wanted to ask that in z1 in manual mode if i take photos in 8mega pixels does the oversampling technology work here….. that is does it give a quality of 20mp????….

  6. Thank you very much for this tutorial. I take great photos with my Z3 Compact in manual mode but there are still things to learn. I have also seen great results with 3rd party apps like the Camera FV5 and the Magic Pix Pro.

  7. Hi, I would also like to thank very much for the tutorial. To be honest, I did not really tried to get most of manual mode on my Xperia Z1 Compact yet, as I was a bit frustrated with layout of useful manual settings. It would be great if Sony implements some sort of mode where we can have quick access to also ISO, focus mode and metering right from the main viewfinder screen. This tutorial is great for encouraging people to use manual settings more. Sadly, I too often was discouraged and chose to shoot with Google Camera app, because results were better than Sony auto mode, but the downside was that you have only exposure compensation there. 

  8. Hi Herman, Thanks so much for the tutorial. I have so much more confidence with my Xperia's camera capability now.

    I have one question about image focus, one morning I wanted to take a quick picture and the phone "accidentally" took the photo out of focus. I ended up liking that photo a lot and started trying to take de-focused pictures but was never able to duplicate the same result. Do you know how to trick the camera to do so?

    also I just read your blog on "multi auto focus". in your blog you mentioned "When I didn't want to focus on the closest object, I simply move my camera back and forth so the object in focus changes to the one I want to be in focus. Of course, this is done while focus is locked (with the hardware button it's the easiest)." Can you elaborate a bit on "moving camera back and forth" please? 🙂

    once again, thank you very much!

  9. Herman, what is actually changed by EV compensation? ISO, time?
    I noticed that in dark room (flash disabled) when I fix ISO to 50 then EV compensation does not work at all. I put the slider up or down and it does not make the image brighter or darker. If I fix ISO to 100 than I can compensate only down (darker). Can you explain this?
    (I use xperia z3)

  10. Tutorial Sony Xperia de fotografía, te ayudará a perfeccionar sus fotos.

    Si desea dar algunos consejos sobre cómo sacar el máximo provecho de su cámara Sony Xperia, si estas interesado entonces echa un vistazo al tutorial de vídeo a continuación. 

    El video trata de los controles de la cámara con Herman Groenbroek, que tiene un gran interés en este tema. 

    También habrá una parte 2 y parte 3 que cubren post-procesamiento de imágenes y técnicas de composición.

    Si está interesado en el tema, entonces también puede comprobar el blog de ​​Herman que cubre los conceptos básicos para obtener el máximo provecho de su cámara Sony en su Xperia aquí ⬇

    Y una guía más avanzada aquí ⬇

    Si quieres ver algunos de impresionante trabajo de Herman en el Xperia Z1 entonces echa un vistazo a su página de Flickr . ⬇

    Una información de XperiaBlog.

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