Choosing Effects with the Sony Alpha A35

By Robert Correll

Part of Sony Alpha SLT-A35/A55 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Alpha 35 has a number of interesting effects organized into a Picture Effect mode, which is located with Scene Selection on the Mode dial. Each effect is unique and gives you ways to make your images and videos pop.

Name Effect
Posterization (Color) In graphic terms, posterization creates abrupt changes in tone
with no or very little gradient using a limited color palette. This
particular effect creates a wildly posterized photo and replaces
the normal color palette with primary colors. These photos look
like something out of a graphic novel.
Posterization (B/W) This effect creates an effect similar to Posterization (Color)
but in black and white. Photos taken with this effect look like pen
and ink drawings.
Pop Color This effect adds zing to colors.
Retro Photo This option reduces contrast color, creating a photo that looks
aged, complete with subtle sepia tones.
Partial Color (Red) This special effect is fantastic for singling out and showing
reds while converting everything else to black and white.
Partial Color (Green) Likewise, this effect filters out everything but greens.
Partial Color (Blue) This effect shows blues and converts everything else to black
and white.
Partial Color (Yellow) This one keeps yellows. The challenge with partial color is
finding the right scene with the right colors to show off the
contrast between the selected color and the rest of the black and
white photo.
High-Key High-key photos are bright, happy, and softer than normal
photos.
High Contrast Monochrome This effect creates a black and white photo that has more
contrast than normal.
Toy Camera This effect simulates what the photo would look like if you
took it with a really cheap camera. The colors are bright but the
corners are shaded (vignetted).