Sony A7riii Review - 2 Things No One Tells You

Sony A7riii Review

2 Things No One Tells You

Sony A7riii Review - 2 Things No One Tells You by Bessie Young Photography

So as you all know I got the Sony A7riii. I take forever to decide on actually purchase new gear. I research it, ask around, and then research it some more. Let me tell you, I looked everywhere (or so I thought) on the internet to see if the Sony A7riii was something that was going to be a good purchase for my photography and my business.

Every site that I found had raving reviews. It has faster burst mode, longer battery life, better LCD screen, recognizes skin tone better, better continuous focus mode, so on and so forth. Everything sounded beyond amazing.

I thought I knew exactly what I was getting; however, there were 2 things that no one ever talked about. These two things were a pretty big deal in my opinion.

1. No More PlayMemories!

This is no joke. All the apps you purchased for your previous cameras, you cannot use any more.

I opened up my camera, inserted the battery, and began looking through the menu. It looked different, but that is expected since it is a new camera. As I started to change my settings and preferences the thought popped in my head 'oh I need to download my apps! How do I do that? Where is the symbol?"

The symbol was no where to be found. No Where! I thought that it must be in a different part of the menu, so I headed to trusty ole Google to see how to get my apps on my camera. Low and behold.... there is no PlayMemories App. Let me tell you, I was in disbelief. Seriously. Why would Sony decide to remove the PlayMemories? What is the purpose?

So, what I gathered is that Sony asked it's Professional Photographer users and the result was that the professionals do not use the Apps as a whole so Sony decided to remove the feature. To me this is just silly. I would think that the majority of Sony users are Amateur photographers. Wouldn't they want to cater to the majority of their customers?

For me, the two Apps that I used the most were the smart phone remote and the time laps app. Sony did create a smart phone remote feature in the menu so we are good to go there. There is also a work around for the time laps as well, so even though you don't get the goodness of the app you can at least still get a little bit of a time laps.

Now you are warned. All the apps that you purchased previously you cannot use on your new A7riii.

2. Your Desktop Lightroom Does Not Work!

This is such a big deal! Ok, so what am I talking about....

Adobe has indicated there will be no more updates for Lightroom 6. This means that Adobe will not be adding any additional camera's to the list of recognizable camera files. It just so happens that the Sony A7riii is not on the list. You read that right. So now what?

You will have to upgrade to Lightroom 7. The only way that you can upgrade to Lightroom 7 is by purchasing the Creative Cloud subscription. So now you will be renting Lightroom by the month.


Even though these two things are pretty big things, I still would have eventually purchased the Sony A7riii, but I might have had to think about it for quite a bit longer than I did.

Hopefully this article helps you with you decisions.

Wishing you nothing but the best,



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Photographing Foxes | Wildlife Photography

Photographing Foxes | Wildlife Photography

by Bessie Young

Most people don't know this, and some photographers don't want to admit it, but every photographer has a 'photo bucket list'. Yes, I said it... a bucket list. A list of images that you are dying to get at some point in your life. It may be an image that has been taken a thousand times, but you haven't taken it. You haven't been able to put your own special twist on the subject. For me, getting a picture of a fox is something that has always been on my bucket list.

Yes, they are super hard to find and typically come out at night. I have always wondered if I would be lucky enough to check this one off of my Photography Bucket List, and come Christmas Eve 2016 I can finally say that it is checked off!!!!

I am so beyond excited to share these images with you guys. One day I was out for a run and saw a fox in the field. I was beyond ecstatic, but of course, I did not have my camera with me. After all I was trying to get a work out in :) Well, the work out became a session of staring into the field, watching a fox run around and then eventually lay down to sunbath. Ever since then, whenever I pass the field, I stare hoping to see the fox again. This Christmas Eve, I saw him again and this time I was prepared. I decided to have a stakeout. I sat in a chair, camera on a tripod, in freezing cold weather, with a nice cup of hot tea and a down jacket.... just waiting.... hoping.... and praying that I may get the chance to get a picture of the little guy. Then, he came out! Then another one! Seeing two was almost too much!

Finally, after about 1.5 hours, I got a handful of fantastic images! I am thrilled to have these pictures in my portfolio. I am still perfecting my wildlife photography and learning so much along the way.

If you have any questions don't forget to leave a comment :)

Wishing you nothing but fantastic adventures!


Hey Photogs! Curious what gear I used? Check it out here:

Sony A7Rii:
Canon 100-400mm f4:
Sigma MC11 Adapter:
Vanguard Tripod:

LG G3 Smart Phone

Editing & Processing:
Adobe Lightroom:
Adobe Photoshop :
Viva Video Pro for combining videos

Prairie Creek Redwood State Park


Prairie Creek Redwood State Park

Northern California

by Bessie Young

The Northern California coast is one of my absolute favorite places to visit during the Summer. The weather is amazing, the people are kind, and the views are spectacular.  Each and every year my family and I head north for a summer camping trip. We venture up to Northern California to get away from the heat, go camping, and enjoy the outdoors with great company!

As you drive to the Northern California coast you want to make sure to take HWY 20 if you are coming from Central California as this is a quick route and you won't hit any traffic. The last good place to fill up is Williams and then after that the next best spot is Willits. Now if you have never been North along Hwy 101 you need to know that it is desolate. There are few towns and even fewer gas stations so make sure you plan accordingly.

When I head north there are 3 things that I have in mind to see. The first is the gorgeous redwoods and various hiking trails. The second is the Ocean. The third are the Roosevelt Elk! Each and every year these scenes never get old. They are absolutely amazing and it is so wonderful when we get lucky enough to see the Elk.

If you ever get a chance to hike the California Redwoods you need to do it! The trails go from the redwoods all the way to the ocean. Most of these trails are easy to moderate hiking depending on the trail you decide to take. Typically, I venture to the scenic route along Hwy 101, the Newton Drury Scenic Pkwy, and begin my wandering. This area is called the Prairie Creek Redwood State Park.  If you are planning on making it to the ocean make sure you start your venture off of the scenic route on Hwy 101 and use the trails on the West side of the road. These trails head West to the ocean. Here is a map of the park.

Other fun things to do while near this area:


Gear used for photos:

I would absolutely love to talk to you about my trip, photography, or anything. Leave a comment below!

Wishing you nothing but happiness and fun adventures!