Mastering Macro Marvels
with the Alpha 7R IV
with the Alpha 7R IV
Mastering photography demands not just expert techniques, but also compelling content to achieve the desired outcome. From far-reaching landscapes and astrophotography to poignant portraits and mesmerizing light trails, the genres span wide for a photographer’s picking.
In Eko Adiyanto’s case, he has gallantly ventured along a lesser known path: macro photography. His subject of interest? Wildlife.
“I love to capture unique moments of wild animals in extreme close-ups,” he shared. “This also helps increase our knowledge about wild animals.”
Alpha 7R IV | FE 100–400 mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS | 318 mm | 1/2500 s | F5.6 | ISO 400
The photographer further explained how macro photography shows a different side of wild animals that is hidden in plain sight. From the crinkled hide on a reptile to the matrix of a bug’s eye, macro photography reveals details that are unseen by the naked eye.
With a decade of experience, Eko certainly knows what he is talking about. He even authored a guide on macro shooting and received various accolades, one of which is Macro Photography of the Year 2017 from Macro World Mania Photography.
Aside from his keen eye, Eko wields the Sony Alpha 7R IV to get all his macro captures, proving the camera’s superb versatility in various genres.
Alpha 7R IV | FE 90 mm F2.8 Macro G OSS | 90 mm | 1/200 s | F16 | ISO 160
Get incredibly close with the Alpha 7R IV
From the get-go, Eko shared that fast autofocus and high resolution are two things he depends on to achieve his macro stunners. The Alpha 7R IV checked these off the photographer’s list, alongside a lightweight body and superior performance that highlights even the minutest of details, he went on to say.
Alpha 7R IV | FE 90 mm F2.8 Macro G OSS | 90 mm | 1/50 s | F16 | ISO 50
The camera’s incomparable image quality is something to be expected, seeing how it boasts a 61.0-megapixel full-frame sensor. Aside from unprecedented resolution, the sensor exhibits fine gradation, enhanced sensitivity, and low noise with the highest standards of ISO 32,000. Each photo is set to capture the essence of each scene and the intricacies of every subject, even in low light conditions.
“Color rendering and accuracy are very good,” Eko continued on the topic of image quality. “Photos captured are the same as when we see the subject with our eyes.”
Alpha 7R IV | FE 90 mm F2.8 Macro G OSS | 90 mm | 1/50 s | F14 | ISO 200
Keeping up with the wild
Eko revealed that the easiest way to shoot animals at close range is to take the images when they’re asleep. However, it’s not always safe. Wild animals may harm him if he’s not careful. But thankfully, there’s a solution.
He shared: “With the high resolution and shooting performance of the Alpha 7R IV, I can capture animals from a safe distance and still get very detailed shots.”
Alpha 7R IV | FE 100–400 mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS | 400 mm | 1/640 s | F8 | ISO 400
The Alpha 7R IV also flexes high speed performance that lets Eko easily freeze animals on the move. For instance, the camera’s Fast AF is something Eko relies on. Its incredible image sensor supplies wide and high-density AF coverage, alongside a Fast Hybrid AF that deftly captures an active animal in remarkable detail.
That’s not all. From prowling mammals to creepy crawlies, Eko expressed his pleasure over the Real-time Tracking that locks onto the subject and effectively remains focused on it, alongside Real-time Eye AF with animal eye tracking that allows fast automatic detection. This way, Eko can concentrate on framing his shots while the camera does the work.
Alpha 7R IV | FE 100–400 mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS | 400 mm | 1/320 s | F8 | ISO 1,000
Eko’s photoscapes are not a walk in the park, but more like an arduous trek in the wild for authentic captures of animals in their natural state. Hence, a fuss-free photography process is important.
The Alpha 7R IV is already on the right track with its lightweight body and long battery life, according to Eko. Furthermore, the camera boasts 5-axis image stabilization for handheld shooting.
Alpha 7R IV | FE 100–400 mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS | 400 mm | 1/2000 s | F5.6 | ISO 500
He said: “When I use an FE 200–600 mm G lens with a 600 mm focal length, I can manage a speed of 1/200th of a second and get very good results.”
What’s more, the camera offers underrated features that make Eko’s workflow more efficient. One of these is the custom key settings, allowing him to program the Recall Custom Hold so he can access it easily.
Alpha 7R IV | FE 200–600 mm F5.6–6.3 G OSS + 1.4X Teleconverter | 840 mm | 1/6400 s | F9 | ISO 5,000
“I often use [Recall Custom Hold] to quickly change camera settings to take a picture at high speed, 1/4000th of a second [to shoot birds when they’re flying],” he elaborated “Then change the camera setting again to low speed, 1/200th of a second [when the bird lands on the tree].”
To ace photographing animal close-ups, Eko advised to go on more photo hunts, plus building up your knowledge of each animal’s behavior will be incredibly useful. Other than that, the Alpha 7R IV is a good companion to help you get your shots, and not just for wildlife macro photography.
“The Alpha 7R IV is very suitable for photographers who need fast AF and accuracy and still get good detail image quality,” he concluded.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this publication are those of Eko Adiyanto. They do not reflect the opinions or views of Sony Singapore.
Alpha 7R IV
FE 90 mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS