This post has been a couple weeks coming! However, it’s certainly no secret that I was working feverishly on one of the latest in Peachpit’s From Snapshots to Great Shots series–a book on the new Sony NEX-6! I’m happy to say now that the book is in stores and online, and it looks great (thanks to many fine folks on the editing and design side of things)! Take a gander at it over at Peachpit’s website!
I was honored once again to work with Peachpit on a new book, and this particular one was loads of fun because I got to put a new camera through its paces and then some. I can honestly say that the NEX-6 is a great camera with loads of features and excellent image quality. If it means anything, I didn’t just get the camera for the book and returned it when I was finished writing. I purchased it with very serious intent to make it a go-everywhere type of camera–something I could keep at my side on a day-to-day basis. Even with that intent, it’s been a nice sidekick on several assignments, and I’ve even put a few of its images in magazines and newspapers. The end result: just as nice a file in magazine print, technically, as any DSLR I shoot on a regular basis.
The camera takes dang nice pictures, and it works. Period. Combine it with a some of the great Zeiss glass manufactured specifically for the NEX’s E-mount, or A-mount glass via an available Sony adapter, and you’re set! Needless to say, I had a blast shooting images for the book, and I simply left the DSLR rigs in the truck several times.
I don’t want to bog you down with details, because this isn’t a review. If you’ve purchased one, you know exactly what I mean about the image quality. If you haven’t, but are interested in a mirrorless system and heard of the NEX line, then you know of Sony’s ability to put out some very smart and dependable cameras.
It was great getting to put together a book that you can use to not only learn photography, but to learn photography with this specific camera. This is what makes this series of books a great resource for those that want a guide that practically goes very far beyond those (sometimes) indecipherable owner’s manuals. Thanks again to the fine folks at Peachpit for allowing me another great opportunity to be a part of their team!
With that, I’ll wind this up. However, this wouldn’t be much of a post on the book without sharing a few of my favorite images from the book:
I shot this very early on in my tenure with the camera (while walking one evening at the university for which I teach), and this image was the one that said to me: “Take this camera seriously, buddy.” The image is clean and crisp sharp. The kit 16-50mm kit lens has its quirks, but there’s no arguing that it is sharp!
This is one of those iconic West Texas images that screams place! I shot this lone pumpjack on my way to a shoot near Pyote, Texas. I lugged a DSLR with me when I saw this sunrise, but ended up shooting the majority of the shots with the NEX-6. The color is great, and the raw files are more than manageable.
Mr. Kreuger was part of the shoot I was headed to the same morning I shot the sunrise above. Although I shot the bulk of the assignment (Texas Tribune/New York Times) with a traditional DSLR, there was a moment when I left a wider lens at the truck. So, I just moved the Elinchrom wireless transmitter over to the NEX-6, shot at 16mm with the kit lens, and sent this one on to the publication after uploading. I never thought twice about using it for environmental portraits after this.
I got a chance to shoot some Texas winter scenes with the NEX-6 (you northerners can crack your snow and cold jokes now), and in doing so, I learned my favorite lens for the camera was the E-mount Zeiss 24mm f/1.8. The Zeiss glass is extremely high-quality, and the lens is fairly small and plenty light to carry.
Another image made with the Zeiss 24mm.
My brother, Seth, has often been a test model for me. However, I wanted to make a nice “work” portrait of him. So, I found a great overhead door to place him next to at the Boyd Feed Store, and made about six portraits. Needless to say, I was fairly impressed with the camera’s meter in this contrasty environment, and I’m happy with the shot.
This was shot from a new parking garage near the university. I’ve seen several of my students’ images made here, but I had never been up there. So, why not take a stab at it with the new camera. The West Texas sunset didn’t disappoint, and the camera was easy(ier) to hang over the side of the garage than a vertical-gripped DSLR. Plus, it wouldn’t have created a hole in the sidewalk below had it fallen…
Again, many thanks to a lot of great people who helped putting Sony NEX-6: From Snapshots to Great Shots together! You can check it out (and purchase it) at Peachpit’s site, as well as at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many other brick and mortar and online retailers!
More to come, soon!