Sony a6500 vs a6400 for Portrait Photography | 50mm f1.8 OSS | Simply AMAZING.

in this video I'm going to talk about my experience shooting portraits with the a 6500 from Sony and the a 6400 which I'm shooting with right now I'm gonna show you some recent examples of shots that I've done with both of these amazing cameras and just tell you a little bit about my experience using the cameras some things that I think could be improved a little bit and what the cameras do really really well that's really intro greetings aqua fam it is ven aqua so yeah I've been shooting a lot of portraits with the a 6500 I think it's good to try out new techniques and try out new gear to keep yourself inspired you know like if you have the same gear for a million years sometimes for me at least it just feels a little stale there's something fun about getting new gear and how it allows you to put a new spin on your technique and on your process you're in Austin Texas there is an organization called the Asian American Resource Center and they have a gallery space and they asked me to do an exhibition of portraits of Asian Americans so I thought you know okay it's Pride Month so what if I do a show that's queer Asian Americans lesbian gay bisexual transgender non-binary etc normally I shoot with my Panasonic g85 which is a fantastic camera for both video and photos but you know I also have the a 6500 and now I have the a 6400 and I was like okay if I'm gonna shoot a bunch of photos that are gonna fill up this kind of big ballroom exhibition space I want something that can capture things at a higher megapixel account because the Panasonic g85 is an amazing camera but it only has a 16 megapixel sensor so if you print more than you know 20 by 24 or even sometimes 16 by 20 it starts to look a little pixelated to me one thing that's great about the a 6500 and the a 6400 is they use sony's aps-c 24 megapixel sensor on both of those bodies so in other words i could print bigger i can get more detail into every little megapixel this right here is the a 6500 this is what i shot most of these portraits with i love the a 6500 it is like the image quality is some of the best i've ever seen on any camera and right here at yes you can see this is the the millimeter F one point eight lens OSS version awesome lens awesome camera one of my favorite things about da 6500 and the a 6400 is the weight and the size like these cameras are so small they almost feel like compact point-and-shoot cameras and they're super easy to carry around I don't really like to carry around a lot of gear as a lot of you know from watching my channel and this is really all I used when I was shooting all these portraits okay so here we are in Lightroom and these are all of the portraits that I did for this exhibition and conceptually this project is about visibility for queer Asians just kind of giving us a face and also showing just like the diversity that exists within the Asian community so let's look at some of these portraits and I can show you the quality that these two cameras the a 6500 a 6400 are capable of let's start with this one over here you can just see the level of detail you know just around you know the eyelashes are all visible and for all of these photos I purposefully shot using only natural light and I shot most of them outdoors just to go with that concept of visibility so anyway yeah when you zoom in you can see all this detail on the eyelashes and the really beautiful bokeh in the background just like how nicely it blurs out everything and these are all shots just taken with the 50 millimeter F 1 point 8 lens so this one was shot with the OSS version of the lens iso 100 shot everything using aperture priority and set the aperture down to 1.8 oh this one's actually f 2.0 but most of these shots were at F 1.8 which is the lowest widest aperture on the 50 millimeter lens and when you zoom in you can really see the level of detail like you can even see me right there taking the photo in the reflection of the eyeball and just all these really kind of microscopic portions of the face and I'm just really astounded by the sharpness and the quality of this lens I mean this is pretty much one of the cheapest lenses you can get the 50 millimeter F one point 8 OSs for Sony and it does a fantastic job at details and colors there's definitely a little bit of fringing going on here you can see this kind of green right here where the head meets the background or butts where it's getting blurred out actually you can definitely take care of that in post but I also kind of I don't know I'm getting less and less concerned about making every single photo again here's some more fringing I'm getting less concerned about making every photo just like the perfect technical photo and for me I'm trying to create more of like a story line and a vibe like a mood and environment and emotion from these photos you know when it comes to technique I'm not the most you know technical photographer out there I like to just click and press buttons and turn knobs until the photo looks good here's another one where you can zoom in on the eyes and really see a lot of these details look at these tiny you know portions of the eye over here and just the beautiful dynamic range that you can see these kind of pinks right here and the orange you know just how these two blend together the reflections and the eyes you know that the eyelashes the quality of this lens with the h-60 500 and the a 6400 is just insane maybe I can actually show you a before and after so before it look like this this is the original this is before all edits and then I added a bunch of edits and ended up at this and it you know you can see before and after before doesn't look that bad this is the untouched image I used auto white balance for all of these shots again aperture priority at 1.8 and you know the colors actually look pretty natural but they're kind of muted and the color mode that I used was the standard color mode by the way which I think just looks the most natural out of all of these something about the Sony sensor is really good for bringing back details like in the shadows and highlights so you can see for example there's this like black area in the subjects hair right here where at first glance you can't see anything really in there but once you bring up the shadows and stuff like that you start to see you know some of this action right here you start to see a little depth going on in the hair a little more over here and I'm not so concerned about certain areas like I don't need to see every detail in order for the photo to be successful as the photo has some kind of impact you know like does the photo look striking is there something about the subjects face that tells a story that's what I'm more concerned about when i'm taking portraits of people i asked every subject like hey can we meet up somewhere outside doesn't really matter where it is because the background is gonna be super super blurry anyway but let's meet up outside somewhere at about 7:30 and the magic hour you know the softness of the lighting will just look really good and you can even see over here this is where the Sun is actually reflecting off of the subjects face and I am really impressed with the dynamic range in the a sixty five hundred and a sixty four hundred it's almost like how much more detail do we really need in photography this to me is just insane this one there's something about the look in their face I love these little stars that they put on their face and the detail is so amazing that you can even see where the ink just bled a little bit into the skin or where it's starting to melt a little bit because of the Texas Sun but yet even in bright sunlight the F 1.8 50 millimeter lens the OSS lens was able to blur out the background really nicely here and still keep the subject nice and sharp really evenly balanced in terms of colors here's the before for this one I actually brought the exposure down a little bit increase the contrast a little bit decrease the highlights to bring out some of these kind of white areas in here that were getting blasted out and I ended up from before too which you know isn't the most dynamic photograph to this which looks a little more 3d it looks more compelling to me and you know I even brought up certain aspects of the color here just a little bit just to bring up you know the saturation of the Reds over here I think it may have increased increase the luminance of the oranges here just to make these colors pop a little more this subject was just gorgeous she did not miss a beat when it came to posing I mean I think this was actually the second or even maybe the first photo that I took of them I don't know there's something about the look on their face they knew exactly how to contort their eyes and mouth and everything to look natural and relaxed and again you can just how detailed this lens is there's a little bit of fringing going on here in the background a little bit of that green area right there but I don't know I just I know it doesn't really bother me that much you know there's probably a little bit going on right here too let's see you can see that kind of green halo on the outside of the earrings for me this is what I focus on the face you know the look in the subjects face I want people to look at my portraits and think oh my god what's the story behind this one here's another before and after so here's the before and here's the after so increase some contrast you know up the shadows a little bit decrease the highlights to bring some details back in the background really satisfied with this one I love these juicy bokeh balls holy crap look at these Bukit balls y'all this one was shot with the Sun actually behind the subject and usually I use that as a technique to act as a backlight so it kind of highlights around the edges of the subject like their hair this the edges of their shirt again there's a little more fringing here but you know I've already talked about that enough this picture to me tells the story without even having to know who the subject is or what their vibe is how they got there why are there stickers on their face there's like the side lighting going on here and the middle of the face is actually kind of shadowy but I don't think it gives it almost like a sci-fi kind of edge to me this subject might be some kind of like almost alien or cyborg or something there's something synthetic about their gaze into the camera I love that their lips are a little bit shiny and I think I even went in there with the brush tool I up the highlights I think in the whites in the lips to make them look a little shinier the eyes aren't actually a hundred percent sharp in this photo and that's one of the biggest concerns and maybe downfalls of doing these kind of up-close portraits using the 50 millimeter f-18 lens or really if you're doing any photos or videos using a really shallow depth-of-field like this like you really have to nail the focus and this is actually one of the reasons why I ended up getting the OSS version of the lens just to give me a little more stability and then it's one of the main reasons I actually got the a 6400 – versus the a 6500 the a 6400 has improved autofocus with eyes and you know if I'm shooting portraits I really want the focus to be on the eyes as the prominent area focused like you can see just how sharp that is here's the before shot for this one and here's the after I actually brought up all kinds of stuff highlights down again contrast up exposure up a little bit brought the shadows up and I believe yeah I brought the luminance up to bring up the skin tone a little bit to make that pop a little more so the subject is not so kind of subdued in the background and there's something about just basically increasing the overall contrast to me that gives it more of that kind of 3d pop kind of feel this drag-queen oh my gosh they're dragged name is Anita hug yes Anita hug brilliant they were the sweetest person ever and just I mean the details again the colors are just amazing like the gold even the shimmering of the gold right here versus the shimmering of these silver is showing up and you can see all these little details and each individual strand in their eyelashes this subject also had stickers on their face and you can see individual strands of hair I mean just the detail is crazy on these cameras there's a little before and after so before it looked a little dark to me and after and you can just see how much more it pops after I just did some pretty light editing this one is one of my favorite portraits from this series this one I believe was actually taken with not the OSS version of the lens this is the FE the full-frame version of the 50 millimeter lens the focus on this one is actually somewhere it almost looks like it's like right behind the eyes or it's not actually on the eyes that's one thing you really have to be careful of you have to really nail the focus when you're shooting portraits or if you're shooting any subject up close like this and you really want to nail the focus you got to be really careful and it's hard to really see in the screen or even the viewfinder when you're doing it what's actually in focus sometimes and even just the slightest movement if you move forward a little bit or you move backwards a little bit your subject may be out of focus at that point so I usually just keep shooting I do a bunch of the same kind photo until i get the one that looks the most sharp and looks the most natural I think I'm starting to repeat myself a little bit so I'll just kind of quickly go over the rest of them here's the before for this one and the after I didn't really do a whole lot in this one in terms of editing let's see the before here and after this one's actually shot indoors using the Sun kind of as the backlight over here and again there's fringing but not the biggest deal you can see just how sharp these details are individual hairs I mean do we really need that much detail maybe we do you know these all of these prints all of these portraits are gonna be printed at 20 by 24 inches so it's that's a pretty big print so using the 24 megapixel sensor I think really helped get all of these photos up to that printable range you know where I don't have to really worry about a lot of details being lost or everything looking super pixelated and I feel pretty confident that these photos will come out looking really good as prints using a 24 megapixel Center like on the a 6400 and the a 6500 this photo was actually the first photo that I took for this series this one is actually not a hundred percent in focus when you zoom out it looks like it's in focus right but when you zoom all the way in it's not actually it's a little blurry on the eyes but I don't know I don't really mind that it's not 100% in focus because the look on her face you know this to me tells more of a story and that's again that's what I think is more important like this hits me in terms of emotions I feel something when I look at this photo so I'm not 100% concerned if this photo is a hundred percent focused so here's the original it looks almost bluish and I shot all these at auto white balance you know I warmed it up in post I think I brightened up her eyes a little bit so they popped a little bit more using the brush tool this one is actually a self-portrait yes believe it or not this is yours truly and this is the only photo of this series that was not taken with the a 6400 or the a 6500 I actually took this photo I believe with the Panasonic g85 yes the Panasonic g85 and the forty two point five millimeter F one point seven lens and immediately I can already tell like when you zoom it doesn't zoom in as much because that sensor is a 16 megapixel sensor I'm a little concerned that this photo printed out at 20 by 24 inches is gonna look a little pixelated the image still looks great to me you know the dynamic range is pretty good I decreased a lot of the colors I actually D saturated and up the contrast a lot let's see the original so the original looked like this and that looks really good panasonic colors just look fantastic I don't know they just look so good to me you know the Sony colors are really good too but it just seems like I have to tweak the white balance a little more you in the sony pictures but that to me already looks like a pretty good image but after the edits it's a lot colder it's a lot creepier the kind of vibe of this self-portrait is supposed to be you know I'm don't don't mess with this person who knows it's like did they just start crying you know are they about to jump you in the alley I want it to be kind of ominous so anyway yeah these are these 16 photos that I did mostly except for this last one with the sony a6000 this project actually helped me reignite my love of portraiture and I'm super happy with the a 6500 and here are some of the first shots that I did with the a 6400 these are some photos that I took in an arcade and I was just using the ambient light from the arcade game so you can see you know I had to take a bunch of frames in order to get this kind of red glow on the side of the face here and these were all like a pretty low light situation I was using the 50 millimeter f-18 lens the OSS version so here's ISO 3200 it's definitely grainy but also I brought up the exposure a lot on this photo so here's the original it doesn't look bad but it doesn't look very interesting to me in terms of colors and stuff when I kind of accentuated this blueish hue it really made the space come alive to me this would work really well for like Instagram or something where you were just seeing a smaller version of the file and also a little bit of graininess you know won't hurt anybody these were some outdoor shots taken with the a 6400 and the 50 millimeter f-18 OSS lens it definitely you know was pretty sharp on the mustache area over here this is another arcade shot you can see the original pretty dark here's the edited version almost a little too bright but I wanted it to look almost like artificially bright and I love the look on his face right here but just because iPhoto has a little bit of grain in it it doesn't make it you know a completely awful photo to me like this photo for example the original looked like this and then the edited version looked like this I brought up the exposure the contrast brought down the highlights took up the vibrance and saturation to give it that like arcade almost neon fluorescent light kind of glow but to me this is actually a pretty successful image but when you zoom in you're definitely gonna see a lot of this graininess a 6400 did a really good job with this image even though it is kind of grainy whatever not the end of the world also this one just in terms of his face and how it blurred the background really nicely and it definitely looks sharp you know it's probably gonna be grainy again this one was shot at ISO 1250 but you know the details look pretty sharp considering I was kind of far away from the subject and I just did everything handheld here and again when you zoom out it looks pretty good it looks sharp and you can't see any of that graininess so you know if you're posting these on Instagram and stuff nobody's gonna notice any of that grain so let's look at the before and after on this image here's the before pretty dark that actually looked kind of more accurate in terms of what my eye was actually seeing in the space so the camera did pretty well at interpreting that but you know I wanted to up the drama a lot so increased all kinds of exposure and contrast shadows whites etc I probably increase the saturation a bunch and vibrance as well this image was taken at ISO 2000 and yeah there's a bunch of graininess here but I kind of like it it almost looks like a film photo or something it has this really almost nostalgic feel to it I think this is a really successful image and the a 6400 did pretty well overall this one which we saw earlier this one has an ISO of 100 I don't see almost any graininess in this image and this looks really nice it looks really natural here's the before on this one I didn't really have to do a whole lot in post for this one just brighten up a bunch of exposure contrast shadows whites etc but yeah a 6400 also performs super well on the a 6400 though I did start missing the internal stabilization that's one of the reasons why I got the fifty millimeter F one point eight OSS the optical steadyshot version of the 50 millimeter nifty 50 lens but I am super impressed with the quality of these the low-light ones definitely were kind of grainy but they had that kind of nice nostalgic kind of vibe so it wasn't the end of the world the one thing that does annoy me about Sony though versus Panasonic especially the menu system on Sony just drives me nuts it's just not very intuitive and to get around and you know just change simple settings you kind of have to press a little too many buttons kind of menu dive a little bit too much for my taste but that's the biggest downfall from me of the a 6500 and a 6400 and also you know the big downfall for me for the a 6500 is it doesn't have a flip screen if you don't need a flip screen the a 6500 is amazing as is the a 6400 so there you go there are some portraits that I have been shooting with my sony a 6500 and a 6400 if you have any comments or questions about anything about these cameras or my process as a portrait photographer let me know in the comments I've really enjoyed using these cameras and even though the a 6500 doesn't have that flip around screen I still really think this is an amazing camera but the a 6400 has about the same quality for both photo and video but it has the flippy screen too and I don't know that a 6400 might actually be the camera that is the winner over the a 6500 for me so I might end up selling the a 6500 it does have internal stabilization which I love it's not the best stabilization but hey I'll take any stabilization over no stabilization anyway let me know what do you think of this video in the comments subscribe like this video if you haven't already click that notification bell you know what to do add me on social media at v3 and aqu a that's my Instagram that's my Twitter thank you so much for watching and I'll see you in the neck

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