A quick overview of the tools available for exposing and monitoring

This is the first lesson in this module, and we’ll go over the tools available for exposing and monitoring the Sony A7s, both in-camera and otherwise:

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Just to recap:

Mandatory Optional
Photography In-Camera Meter + Histogram Light Meter
Video In-Camera Meter + Zebra Light Meter + Waveform Monitor*

*This includes waveform monitor, vectorscope and false color.

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These are important topics raised by subscribers that shed more light on this lesson.

Q. The camera meter only goes to +2 or -2, so how do we expose for +3 for the wolfcrow system?

A. I count! My ISO and shutter exposure increments are in 1/3rd of a stop (you can also set it to 1/2 a stop). I reach the point where the meter shows +2 but does not blink. Then I count three turns of the ISO or shutter wheel and that’s +3.

I note down my aperture, shutter and ISO and then change them keeping the exposure constant. It sounds complicated, but I don’t think about this anymore, and it doesn’t take more than a fraction of a second!