For my first outing with the new Sony A7III, I took it up to West Seattle as the sun was setting.
I don’t have any Sony E-mount lenses, but I have some good Canon lenses. Since more third party lens makers are getting on board (it appears the Sony mirrorless system is here to stay), I’ll watch for options like the new Sigma Art lenses for Sony FE mount. So the photo above was taken with my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS lens using the Sigma MC-11 adapter for Canon EF lenses to Sony E-mount cameras.
The thing that I’m not used to seeing is the sharp, fine details in the images. Like I said in my last post, I don’t know how much of this increased image quality is due to a better image sensor in the A7III or higher quality processing in Capture One Pro. I’m sure both contribute but I don’t know if it’s 60/40 or 30/70, or whatever. The above photo was on a tripod with my Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS lens.
My workflow is changing, and I’m still figuring things out, but I used to be able to save changes in Luminar back into Lightroom and then export a jpg file from Lightroom. Now I start processing a RAW file in Capture One, then create and edit a TIFF file in Luminar, but I can’t save changes back to the Capture One library. I have to export another TIFF from Luminar and do an import into Capture One. Then export a jpg with watermark. Or just export the jpg straight from Luminar when I’m done there, as I’ve done with these photos. Luminar doesn’t have a watermark function though. Could be my ignorance with the new software and I may find a better way soon.
Shadow detail is amazing with the Sony RAW files, and I can see by looking at the histogram, both in the camera and in software, that the A7III has considerably more dynamic range from dark to light than my Canon 6D. This gives me more room to work on contrast and tone adjustments. In this kind of photo, I can let the dark areas of the photo be dark, but you can still tell the grass and budding leaves are green, and make out the gravel texture under the bench.
Another tripod shot, and 15 seconds smoothes the ripples in the water to look like ice. Shooting shortly after sunset means there’s still blue in the sky to provide color contrast with the warm city lights. Shooting across water means you get reflections of the lights. For some reason the auto white balance made this photo really purple, but there are plenty of tools between Capture One and Luminar to correct it. My style of photography is very punchy and saturated, but a purple sky is too much!
I’m excited about the new camera and new software, but it means I’m hitting learning curves on both at the same time, rather than changing my RAW developer and camera at different times. And going from a Canon to a Sony is way different than when I moved from the Canon 7D to the 6D! Capture One Pro does a lot of things differently than Lightroom, but I am learning it is definitely more powerful in some ways.