How to take pictures of your girlfriend …

 … without risking your relationship, or spending a day with the Sony A7 in Praque.

Hi this is Alex again, with a little tech inspired story about our trip to Praque last weekend. Instead of my main travel cam, my Sony a6000 (read my review) i took my newly acquired Sony A7, with the VG-C1EM battery grip and the new Sony FE 70-200/4. Since i had some space left in my Ona bag i threw in the Sigma Art 1.4/35mm. Not exactly a light carry around all day solution but hey, it was for science‘ sake. In the end it all to take pictures of Marie so i decided to make a little How-To alongside the technical stuff. Enjoy!

Hell yeah, finally full frame again, i made the transition to mirrorless with buying the A7 on amazon before christmas (damn you discounts) and sold my D600. The plans is to use the A7 for professional shoots where i don’t need more resolution or speed. That would be the situation where the a6000 would kick in with its incredible focusing speed and frame rate. The first opportunity to use the new set-up was on our weekend trip to praque this weekend with some friends. As it turns out it was more an all day portraitshoot with marie then anything else, but what the heck the pictures turned out pretty great.

My new full frame kit I took with me to the trip. It's the A7 with the original grip, the FE 70-200 and the Sigma 1.4/35mm Art with the Novoflex Adapter.
My new full frame kit I took with me to the trip. It’s the A7 with the original grip,
the FE 70-200 and the Sigma 1.4/35mm Art with the Novoflex Adapter.
When you take pictures of your girl, make sure her hair is right.  Having something in the foreground in addition to some nice bokeh in the background also add some depth to your portrait.  Alexander Waetzel, Sony A7, Sigma 1.4/35mm
When you take pictures of your girl, make sure her hair is right.
Having something in the foreground in addition to some nice bokeh
in the background also add some depth to your portrait.
Alexander Waetzel, Sony A7, Sigma 1.4/35mm
The 35mm with the novoflex adapter is the perfect all around focal length. It gives you great subject isolation but leaving enough of the background in focus to give a sense of the surroundings. If you take pictures from your girl while travel, make sure her hair is right. If it isn't, tell her to wear a hat because it is so damn cold in the church you're just in ;). Alexander Waetzel, Sony A7, Sigma 1.4/35mm
The 35mm with the novoflex adapter is the perfect all around focal length.
It gives you great subject isolation but leaving enough of the background in focus to give a sense of the surroundings. If you take pictures from your girl while travel, make sure her hair is right. If it isn’t, tell her to wear a hat because it is so damn cold in the church you’re just in ;).
Alexander Waetzel, Sony A7, Sigma 1.4/35mm
Most of the time it is better to have the sun in your subject's back. Your girl will get very annoyed if she has to stare right into the sun until you get your exposure right. Alexander Waetzel, Sony A7, Sigma 1.4/35mm.
Most of the time it is better to have the sun in your subject’s back. Your girl will get very
annoyed if she has to stare right into the sun until you get your exposure right.
Alexander Waetzel, Sony A7, Sigma 1.4/35mm.

The A7 itself feels pretty great, I even like the shutter position a thing often complained about in other reviews. The grip adds a little more heft to the camera and also has all the buttons in the right place. Just the grip itself feels a little awkward. It took quite some time to get used to it I must admit. But in general it lets you carry around the camera with more confidence especially with bigger lenses like the 70-200 and the 35 with the adapter. In addition it doubles your cameras battery life without making you change them when one is empty. And boy do you need that, on our 5 hour walk i burned through 1,5 batteries, so battery life is definitely something that needs to be improved with mirrorless cameras.

The 70-200 is great for compressed perspective. And even though the FE version is a f4 it delivers some great bokeh. If your girls asks you to take a full body picture make sure you have all her beloved accessories on it. Alexander Waetzel, Sony A7, Sony FE 4/70-200.
The 70-200 is great for compressed perspective. And even though the FE version is a f4 it delivers some great bokeh. If your girls asks you to take a full body picture make sure you have all her beloved accessories on it. Alexander Waetzel, Sony A7, Sony FE 4/70-200.
The 70-200 handles flare quite well with the hood and without it makes for some epic lensflares. Use a longer lens to get some more candid shots of your girl without having your lens directly in her face. Alexander Waetzel, Sony A7, Sony FE 4/70-200.
The 70-200 handles flare quite well with the hood and without it makes for some epic lens flares.
Use a longer lens to get some more candid shots of your girl without having your lens directly in her face.
Alexander Waetzel, Sony A7, Sony FE 4/70-200.

 

If your girl happens to be a photographer and tells you sometimes how to do things, do it! Even if you don't agree, do it! She might be right like it was the case with this picture where Marie told be to step on a bench to take the picture. Alexander Waetzel, Sony A7, Sigma 1.4/35mm.
If your girl happens to be a photographer and tells you sometimes how to do things, do it!
Even if you don’t agree, do it! She might be right like it was the case with this picture.
Marie told me to step on a bench to take the picture and yep it looked a lot better.
Alexander Waetzel, Sony A7, Sigma 1.4/35mm.

I processed the files from the trip with the new Capture One version and really like the handling and what i was able to pull from the files. Dynamic range is impressive. It is said that the nikon uses the same sensor in the D600 and i would say that looks about right. What i also absolutely love about the A7 is how it renders skintone. The files nearly need no adjustments apart from shadow boost or highlight recovery or a black & white adjustments. I did not make any side by side comparisons with my D600 but i remember it was never able to deliver these colors!

A low sun nearly always makes for sun great flares to add a little more drama to your portraits. The A7s amazing dynamic range making it quite easy to capture such pictures with a balanced exposure. Alexander Waetzel, Sony A7, Sigma 1.4/35mm.
A low sun nearly always makes great flares to add a little more drama to your portraits.
The A7’s amazing dynamic range making it quite easy to capture such pictures with a balanced exposure.
Alexander Waetzel, Sony A7, Sigma 1.4/35mm.

Well, how i love that camera. It is small, affordable and i absolutely love the EVF. The files giving me exactly what i need for my style of shooting and the color, resolution and sharpness coming from the sensor making an amazing overall package.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading even though it wasn’t exactly a full review.

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  1. Rainer sagt:

    I shoot with the Sony FE 4/70-200 OSS free hand in fairly dark areas, and the results with ist OSS function are incredible! I love this zoom lens, and I don’t miss an f/2.8 opening at all!

    1. AlexWaetzel sagt:

      Agreed! Even though I wasn’t so much into zoom lenses i grew to love that lens! And it is a perfect match with the 24-70! Glad you’re enjoying your one!

  2. Nice, do you have any photos with the A7 and the Sigma attached (of the camera itself)?

    1. AlexWaetzel sagt:

      Hey Robert, I’m not sure bet let me see if I can find one later!

  3. Max sagt:

    One whole day in Prague ? I only say so because your GF has the same outfit on for all of these photos.

    1. AlexWaetzel sagt:

      Hi there, yeah I was taking photos when we have been wandering around town for about 6 hours! Didn’t want to bore you with breakfast pictures! 😉

  4. Martin sagt:

    These are great 🙂
    My favourite is the last one, and the one taken from on the bench. That 35/1.4 seems very nice indeed.

    1. AlexWaetzel sagt:

      I also love the last one! The 35 is one of favorite lenses! I’m eager to see what the new Zeiss/Sony one which should be revealed shortly has to offer!

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