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#CreatorConversations: Highlights From Our AMA With Photographer/Filmmaker Mic-Anthony Hay

#CreatorConversations is an AMA (Ask Me Anything) series hosted by @sonyalpha on Instagram. As part of the series, we were joined by photographer and filmmaker Mic-Anthony Hay (@micanthony_) of the Sony Alpha Imaging Collective. See some of the highlights below as he shares his top lenses for video, how he creates videos for social media, his favorite thing about photography/videography and more. Visit the Instagram post for the full AMA and make sure you’re following @sonyalpha and #CreatorConversations to stay connected. See more of Hay's thoughts on the power of sharing authentic moments here.

“I love when something I made inspires someone to see the good in the world, and feel an appreciation for their communities and the people who live there.” – Mic-Anthony Hay #CreatorConversations

"What is your favorite part about photography/videography?" – @inab07

Mic-Anthony: “Everything. I loved tech since I first got my hands on a PSP. I geek out on new cameras and lenses especially that new 12-24mm lens that was just released). I love telling stories. Visually, written and verbally - when stage fright doesn’t get the better of me. I love that I can combine one or all three of these elements when making and sharing still and motion pictures. I love when something I made inspires someone to see the good in the world, and feel an appreciation for their communities and the people who live there.”

“I recently got the α6400 and am still learning. Can you help me with settings at different times like morning and night?” – @ravichowdhiri

Mic-Anthony: “That camera’s a beast. My first Sony camera was one of the α6000 series and it’s great for photo and videos, which I was getting into at the time. The best advice I got when starting out was to put the camera in auto and go out and make some pictures at the times you suggested. Shoot in RAW, then upload the files to Capture One or Adobe Lightroom and look at the settings the camera chose. Then jot the settings down and try doing it in manual. For video, there are great resources on YouTube to learn the different frame rates and settings. If in manual, your shutter speed should be double your frame rate.”

"Which camera/lens?" – @isaakmorin

Mic-Anthony: “I use a variety of Sony cameras and lenses to make these videos. For this batch I used a α7R III + 24-70mm f/4 and the 16-35mm f/2.8. Speaking of lenses, that new 12-24mm f/2.8 is calling my name!”

"What are your video export settings for Instagram?" – @edsel

Mic-Anthony: “I’ve found some success using Final Cut Pro X and using compressor to compress the videos before I upload them. I struggle with videos with a lot of shadows present though.”

"What settings did you have the camera in for these clips? And possibly an ND filter too? Love the atmosphere!" – @tmx_012

Mic-Anthony: “I definitely had a ND filter on for all of these videos, especially the ones shot mid-day. I make all my videos in 4K 30fps if I know it’s going on social media.”

"Do you have a favorite picture profile and why?" – @robbie_ralph

Mic-Anthony: “I use PP7 to get the most dynamic range from my images and flexibility to color grade in post.”

"Do you ask the permission of those whose faces are seen clearly?" – @dielsa2

Mic-Anthony: “I make these videos in public spaces where people don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy, unless it’s a private function where I have permission to film and record audio.”

"What is the best video setting on a Sony α7S II to be able to shoot 60 frame video but still manage to edit it on an old Mac?" – @zacharybliss10

Mic-Anthony: “I can relate. I still have the 2008 MacBook I started editing my photos and videos on in college. Using a proxy workflow really helped me edit with smaller files and export in high quality. I also had a better experience using FCPX instead of PP on that Mac. To this day I use both softwares depending on what I’m making. Keep using what you have until you upgrade bro. The stories you share is what matters the most. Make people feel something.


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