Me - Jason HermannWelcome to SonyAlphaLab.com, and thanks for taking the time to venture over here to the About Us Page. It’s very important to me that you know where I’m coming from as it relates to my Photography, Tutorials, and Reviews. If you know a little about me and my family I guarantee a lot of what I write and/or say will make a little more sense.

Basically I’m just a hard working guy who absolutely loves Photography. This website allows me continue growing as a photographer as I learn more and more every day, but more importantly is I have Fun with Photography! If I’m not having fun I’m not going to do something for very long, and reviewing Sony gear is an absolute blast. They are on the cutting edge of technology and also have some of the most innovative Engineers in the business as far as I’m concerned.

The Beginning

For a little history, I purchased my first camera in 2001 when my Brother, a few friends and I were heading to Switzerland for a killer ski/ snowboard trip in the Alps. The camera I decided to purchase after incredible scrutiny and compromise, was the Canon Digital elf 2 megapixel point and shoot. A great little Ultra compact camera to say the least. It was about the size of a deck of cards and fit in my Snowboard pants pocket perfectly! After reading the manual and playing with it for a few weeks I realized I was in Love with Photography:) And just like that I was hooked big time!!

My love of photography started with Landscapes, but has since grown into Weddings, Portraits, Architecture, Sports and pretty much all aspects of photography. I’m all self taught with the help of dozens of books, the internet, and of course great friends I have met along the way.

Michele and SadieCreating tutorials started shortly after understanding what I was doing, because it helped me get better and learn even more. Since then I have ventured off into JHPVideoTutorials.com(now shut-down) and now SonyAlphaLab.com.

Michele

I met Michele back in 2009 and have been in love ever since. She is amazing and I snatched her up quick for myself :)

Michele help me with photography in particular by handling babies and posing people at first.This really helped me focus on the technical stuff. Once Michele got a camera in here hand, she was immediately intrigued and became very good in no time. Now she is awesome at studio photography in particualr, but can take photos of anything if you ask. She works at a Pharmacy though full time, so that is not really an option currently…

 

We had a girl!!

Our Daughter Layla Marie Hermann was born July 31st, 2010. She was three weeks early but arrived just perfect.

Life has changed

Born 5:07 am July 31st, 5lbs 15oz, and 19 inches long :)

Day 1Layla - Day 1

Layla - Day 1

1 Year old

Layla - 1st year photo

~ 16 Months

Layla @ ~ 16 Months - Window Light

Layla @ ~ 16 Months – Window Light

~ 18 Months

Layla @ ~ 18 Months - Natural cloudy day light

Layla @ ~ 18 Months – Natural cloudy day light

~22 Months

Layla on the deck in Natural Light

Layla on the deck in Natural Light – ~22 Months Old

Layla - Just over 2 years old.

Layla – Just over 2 years old.

Layla - Just over 2 years old.

Layla – Just over 2 years old.

Layla - Almost 2 1/2

Layla – Almost 2 1/2

Sony A7r w/ 24-70mm f/4 OSS Zeiss lens @ 70mm, f/4, 1/80sec, ISO 500, Hand-Held

Sony A7r w/ 24-70mm f/4 OSS Zeiss lens @ 70mm, f/4, 1/80sec, ISO 500, Hand-Held

Sony A7r w/ 70-200mm f/4 OSS G Lens @ 146mm, f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO 1250

Sony A7r w/ 70-200mm f/4 OSS G Lens @ 146mm, f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO 1250

Sony A6000 and Minolta MC 50mm f/1.4 Rokkor-X Lens

Sony A6000 and Minolta MC 50mm f/1.4 Rokkor-X Lens

Loxia 35mm f/2 lens @ f/2, 1/60sec, ISO 320, A7r

Loxia 35mm f/2 lens @ f/2, 1/60sec, ISO 320, A7r

 

The Wedding:

Our very good friend Kelly Lyle from KellyLylePhotography.com took are pictures for us and he then gave me all the raw files :) Kelly is the man!!

Michele and I Got Married - Oct 15th 2011

Michele and I Got Married – Oct 15th 2011

Michele and I Got Married - Oct 15th 2011

Michele and I Got Married – Oct 15th 2011

Michele and I Got Married - Oct 15th 2011

Michele and I Got Married – Oct 15th 2011

Michele and I Got Married - Oct 15th 2011

Michele and I Got Married – Oct 15th 2011

Michele and I Got Married - Oct 15th 2011

Michele and I Got Married – Oct 15th 2011

 

We had a Boy:

Sony A7s w/ 35mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens @ f/2.8, 1/60sec, ISO 1250, Ha

Sony A7s w/ 35mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens @ f/2.8, 1/60sec, ISO 1250, Ha

Sony A7II w/ FE 35mm f/2.8 Lens @ f/2.8, 1/60sec, ISO 500, Raw Qaulity

Sony A7II w/ FE 35mm f/2.8 Lens @ f/2.8, 1/60sec, ISO 500, Raw Quality

Loxia 35mm f/2 lens @ f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 4000, A7r

Loxia 35mm f/2 lens @ f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 4000, A7r

om-d e-m5 mark II w/ 25mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/80sec, ISO 1600

om-d e-m5 mark II w/ 25mm f/1.8 Lens @ f/1.8, 1/80sec, ISO 1600

Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/200sec, ISO 6400

Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/200sec, ISO 6400

Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec, ISO 400, jpeg

Sony FE 24-240mm @ 240mm, f/6.3, 1/250sec, ISO 400, jpeg

 

The Rest of the Story..

Layla is now heading towards 5 years old and I cannot believe how fast the time is gone!! Were have a studio in our home downstairs, and it’s a ongoing project as you could imagine. The downstairs has become the Studio and “Lab” for now and is continually evolving as I get better and more experience with reviewing equipment.

Stay tuned as I plan on doing this for the long haul, and please feel free to contact us and/or ask questions at any time. Were always very interested in website feedback as well. I do everything myself for the Website and I can’t possible check everything on all platforms and web browsers etc.. I’m also not the greatest speller as I’m sure you have notice if you’ve read this far 😉  I am trying to get better with the spelling and grammar, and I appreciate your patience as far as that is concerned.

Why SonyAlphaLab Then?

I decided to go with SOny because the cameras image quality, cost and features were far superior in my opinion, then anything I had ever used. I have come to learn why that is through years of hands-on experience, testing, and so fourth.

I also want you to know that all my reviews are very honest and I just tell it like it is.  I do not just say something is good for the heck of it. If it’s junk I will say so or not waste my time reviewing the item. If it’s good I will say so and you can take my word! The Sony gear honestly blows me away every time I get my hands on it, and reminds me of Macintosh products in that way. All the Sony Alpha and Nex gear is very well engineered and well built with features to match the price point in my opinion.

For your reference, I personal own the Sony Nex-6, S0ny A7r, a few e-mount Lenses, and my old pro gear; Canon 5D mark II, and several Canon L lenses. You’ve probably seen me use some of the Canon gear on the Nex Cameras here and there.

Experience

Going from the lower end Canon Digital Elf, all the way to the best full frame cameras and lenses available, I’ve learned through hands on experience what Quality Photography is all about. Especially when it comes to Image Quality, Build Quality, Optical quality, and most importantly, How-To get the most of the gear you have!

I also work in the Technology field for my real 9-5pm job, so that keeps me on top of things from that perspective as well. Since this paragraph is sounding like a resume, I miles well tell you that I also have an associates degree in Electric Engineering. I also love to play with Adobe Ligtroom, Photoshop, Google SketchUp, Motion, and Final Cut Pro X.

Closing

Thanks for checking out the About Us page and please feel free to contact us at any time!

That is it for now, but stay tuned for the Evolution of SonyAlphalab.com as time goes on…

Jay

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