Foolproof Way to Never Clip Important Highlights on a Sony Camera

One of the advantages to mirrorless cameras is the ability to see an exposure preview of the final photo while composing through the viewfinder or rear LCD screen. Tools like the histogram, focus peaking, and others can also be updated in real time and overlaid on the screen to make more informed decisions. This video, however, unwraps my favorite in-camera tool for Sony cameras.

Is this guy talking about Zebras? Why yes, I am. There’s a very important distinction here though from the way I see most photographers use this setting. In order to get the most out of Zebras for stills shooting, you need to dive into the custom setting options. In this new video from my YouTube channel, I show you how I set up my Sony cameras to present me the exact point in which my raw photo will be too overexposed and unrecoverable in post-processing. For me, this is far more useful than a vague warning that my image is somewhere near having clipped highlights (but who knows how far off still?).

Try it out and let me know what you think. Where it’s really helpful for my shooting is when I’m photographing animals with white features. I can raise up the exposure until I see the Zebra appear on the white — granted I’m working with enough light — then back off one third-stop click. It’s that simple and completely mindless so I can focus on other things in my scene knowing I have the exposure nailed perfectly.

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