If you are one of those A7S II users who are used to evaluate the optimal exposure of your camera predominantly through looking at the image histogram on the rear LCD screen, you might already get frustrated by the fact that every time you tend to adjust your ISO, shutter or aperture setting, the useful tool suddenly disappears. This is indeed an annoying issue that fortunately can be easily fixed. In the video ahead Dave Dugdale of LearningVideo.com will show us how to tackle the problem so that you can keep the histogram displayed all the time while shooting.
Apparently, the trick is quite simple and straightforward. Just access the Main Menu, then select Tab 2 of the Custom Settings and go to the Exposure Setting Guide at the bottom of your screen. Usually, this mode is enabled by default, so all you need to do is to turn it off. Now when you change the exposure settings of your camera, the histogram should stay visible all the time whereas the annoying guide with redundant information should disappear. Typically, you can quickly access and display the histogram by pressing DISP button.
Furthermore, this fix will also work on the A7R II, so if you already own the camera, you can try the trick on it as well. Speaking of getting optimal exposure through reading your histogram, try to keep the graphic more shifted to the right particularly when shooting in either S-Log2 or S-Log3, thus keeping your image a bit overexposed. You can quickly bring it back down later in post.
Ultimately, if you want to find more insightful information related to your A7S II, make sure you also check out Dave’s Course on Shooting Video with the Sony A7S II. This course covers the camera in great detail as well as it provides 40 minutes of color grading tips and tricks on grading S-Log footage captured on the camera itself. This course can be extremely useful for people that have their camera for a while but just haven’t tested all the different settings while struggling to get a good image from S-log.