I’m like you, bound by limited tools and budgets. But now we have a camera that promises so much, yet requires a lot of "catching up" to exploit well.
Let's make no mistake. The Sony a7S II is not a point and shoot. S-Log2, S-Log3 and 4K video are not for the faint hearted. You need some know-how to make it work, and some serious guidance.
By now we all know the a7S II can deliver stunning cinematic images in any situation - corporate videos, wedding videos, commercials, cinema, music videos, documentaries, you name it. All you need is a workflow - a step-by-step system that tells you when to use which setting, and how to get great images or videos in any budget or deadline.
If you've been reading my blog you'll know my free stuff itself provides phenomenal value. Even a brief perusal of my blog or Youtube channel will show you the amount of effort I put into each piece. In return, I have been blessed with thousands of comments and emails from successful filmmakers who are helped daily with my guides and articles.
That's what I bring to the table - a single-minded dedication to teach and help.
This is the culmination of all my efforts. What you're seeing is the definitive guide to creating beautiful stills and cinematic videos and films using the Sony a7S II. You've got the camera in your hands, and you have the quality, now it's time to connect the dots.
This guide contains tons of material, 60+ videos, over 14 hours of downloadable videos, full resolution stills that you can download and study; and a couple of print-ready cheat sheets. It can't get any simpler than this.
See for yourself. Here are the table of contents, and some free videos for you to sample:
The simple guide to getting your camera running in no time.
Watch my review:
In this 90 minute-long lesson we go through every menu item and pick it apart.
One of the most important aspects of shooting stills and video. We nail it.
This is a 'mini-menu' that gives you access to 12 settings easily.
Learn which settings are right on your bread-and-butter buttons.
A pro-level feature that will save your skin every time.
The final piece of the puzzle.
Learn how I do it and why.
There's the 'Sony way', and then there's the 'other way'.
This video will guide you to understanding the irritating in-camera meter.
Extend your lens choices with the a7S II.
We go through every single menu item and how it helps.
Learn how to organize your stills, and understand the differences between RAW and JPEGs.
It's a puny histogram. How do you make sense of it?
My definitive guide to ETTR with the a7S II and a7R II.
This feature will give you HDR and timelapse superpowers.
After all, you can't shoot great images without subduing noise at will.
Wrap your head around the different looks you can achieve in-camera.
I show you how to tweak Creative styles the right way, and what settings I use and why.
Uncompressed RAW takes up double the space. Is it worth that?
A detailed look at many photographic accessories for the a7S II - flash triggers, grips, tripod plates, intervalometers, and a few surprises.
We go through every single menu item and how it helps.
What do those folders mean, and how to organize your videos.
Use this indispensable tool to expose correctly every single time.
The bane of the a7S II camera. Now you know how to deal with it.
Every profile offers sub-settings that's the work of the devil himself. Let's destroy this problem.
My picks on when to use which codec and why. Can't get any easier than this!
The guide to ultimate video image quality. Get cinematic videos here!
Watch a sample:
The definitive guide to S-Log3.
If S-Log2 and S-Log3 are not for you, you can still get cinematic videos with Cine profiles.
If all you want is simplicity, this is it.
A detailed look at many accessories and gear pertaining to video for the a7S II - cages, baseplates, battery and power, and many more.
To get an idea, watch my review of the Varavon Zeus Cage:
Let's not forget audio! Is the internal audio capable enough?
Get the complete and detailed Atomos Shogun guide free!
What's different about it, and how do you work with XAVC S in Premiere Pro and FCP-X?
Want fast turnarounds? Here's a guide for that.
Hate noise? Here's how to get rid of it.
To get an idea, watch my comparison of basic noise reduction techniques:
All those choices, so let's make sense of it.
This is the least understood aspect of shooting both stills and videos. Simple and comprehensive. Here's an example:
What it says! For both stills and video.
My simple guide to using autofocus for both stills and video.
How to deal with manual focus on a full frame sensor?
How's the in-camera stabilization different from lens stabilization, and does it offer any benefits at all?
Watch a project I've shot with this camera:
You can shoot any project with the Sony a7S II, with confidence. Now it'll be a point and shoot!
You can grade your own videos easily.
You will save precious time and aggravation conducting your own tests and research.
Both stills and videos are downloadable in 1080p^. Watch at your leisure!
Shoot with any camera in S-Log3 and S-Log2. You only have to learn this thing once!
That’s what real knowledge can do for you – it will make you look good. Even if you put half my tips into practice over the next month or so, you’ll see immediate benefits.
If you have the motivation, my guide is all you need to reach the next level. However, some of you might not have the confidence to make it on your own. Well, I have a solution for that too.
Every Buyer gets FREE EMAIL SUPPORT! If you get stuck I will personally guide you.
Which training or workshop gives you one-on-one personal coaching? Or, when was the last time you bought an ebook and emailed the author for support? Will my personal involvement motivate you to succeed? You bet.
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What you get EXTRA (Exclusive only to combo buyers):
1. Differences in resolution between a7R II and a7S II.
2. S-Log2 vs S-Log3. Which is better?
3. How to match the two cameras.
4. Sony a7R II or a7S II? Which is my favorite?
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