Another Instalment of Liquid Eye Water Housings Tutorial Series With Dave Yamamya.
Sony a6X00’s and Battery Life.
We here at Liquid Eye are big fans of the compact but heavily featured Sony a6X00 range. From the a6000 up to the a6600, you will find it hard to find cameras of their size that offer such great resolution, frame rates and autofocus speed as these cameras. At Liquid Eye we have recognised this and made a series of housings dedicated just to these cameras to make the most of their small size and made the housings also as small as possible.
The only thing that they haven’t offered to match big ‘workhorse’ cameras like a Canon 1dx is the battery life. To make these cameras as small as they are, Sony obviously had to keep the battery size small as well. They still last a good amount of time but if you are out there and the waves are firing, you will want to be making the most of the battery. Thats where these tips will come in handy.
Where do we start? Simplicity in design.
So lets start with one of the most simple and obvious but possibly overlooked ways to conserve the battery. Turn it off! The great thing about Liquid Eye’s C6000 series housings is they are standard with an advanced back plate and buttons for not only the front shutter, C1 and C2 buttons. But also there is an On/Off switch. Make the most of having this. Not only will you save the battery but you will keep the heat inside the housing down also.
You don’t need to have the camera on all the time. Generally waves will break in sets so once you are in the rhythm with the ocean you should be able to allow yourself enough time to turn on the camera, get it focused and shoot the wave of the day. If you are shooting lifestyle/modelling shots with the camera, turn the camera off in between different set shots. You will notice the difference.
Ok, so that’s an obvious one – what else will this tutorial tell me?!
What are the more advanced things to consider? We don’t want to spoil the video by telling you everything! However such things will be discussed as the differences between using the monitor and the view finder, what frame rate to set the view finder at, what auto-focus settings to use, what to prioritise in the settings, what memory cards to choose and many more. The answers may both surprise and inform you!
So without further ado, Sony shooters, press play and learn the tips that will have you out there shooting longer and more efficiently than you ever have before!
Until the next episode – Happy shooting!!