Monthly Archives: November 2011

Fujifilm FinePix X100 Book is Now Available at Amazon.co.uk

As of today, the paperback version of Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm FinePix X100 is listed for sale at Amazon.co.uk. Books such as this take quite a while to get listed there, and it is not listed as being In Stock as of yet. In order to fill the gap until Amazon in the UK has the book available for shipment, I have listed the book there myself as a third-party seller, using my seller ID of White Knight Press. I have a supply of books physically in stock, and I will ship them to the UK, Europe, or anywhere else. I always ship within one business day of receiving an order, and the books typically get to the UK or Europe within about one week. Note that the postage charged to a purchaser is the local amount, as if I were located in the UK, so shipping will be lower than if you were to purchase the book from Amazon.com in the US.

Fujifilm FinePix X100 Book is Now In Stock at Amazon.com

As of earlier today, the availability of Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm FinePix X100 at Amazon.com changed from “Temporarily Unavailable” to “In Stock.” The site says the book will ship within 1 to 2 days, and Amazon Prime shipping is available. So, for anyone interested in purchasing a paperback copy of the book, Amazon appears to be a good choice. Here is a link to the book’s information page at Amazon:

If you would like to see more information about the book, including the Table of Contents and an excerpt, please go to the book’s main information page on this site.

Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm FinePix X100 is Now Listed at Amazon.com

As of earlier today, the paperback version Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm FinePix X100 is listed as an item in Amazon.com’s catalog. In other words, you can search for the book at Amazon and find its listing, although the books are not yet in stock there. That was quite quick, because the proof copy of the book was just approved last Friday.

Amazon should have books available within a few days or maybe a week.  Once I receive my first shipment of copies from the printer, I will make some available for sale through Amazon Marketplace as a third-party seller, with my user name of alexstrawhite.

In the meantime, Amazon will accept orders for the book and will ship them when they have them in stock.  If you would like to order a book directly from Amazon, please use the following button:

Sample Photographs by Fujifilm FinePix X100

Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm FinePix X100 has just been published.  Details about the book are available on its main information page.  The book contains more than 190 photographs, including quite a few examples of the images the camera can take.  Other photos are of the camera’s controls, screens, and accessories.  These books are limited in page length because of production costs, so I can’t include in the book all of the photographs I would like to.

With this web site, I have the ability to post some of the photographs that did not make it into the book. I am including a few of them here, just to give you some more examples of how the X100’s photos look. I’m not displaying any of these as examples of particular techniques or of particularly fine composition, etc.; they are just examples that seem to me to be representative of shots that show off the camera’s capabilities pretty well.

The first image is an example of downtown street photography.  The second one was shot with an R72 infrared filter, in a way similar to that described in the book. The third shot is similar to one that appears in the book and on the book’s back cover; this version was taken from a different angle and shows more of the surrounding park. Finally, for the last two images, the first one was taken without a filter, and the second one was taken with a polarizing filter attached to the camera’s filter adapter, to illustrate how the polarizer shows off the sky and clouds with more contrast than would be the case without the filter.

Proof Copy of Fujifilm X100 Book Has Been Approved

Today the proof copy of the paperback edition of Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm FinePix X100 arrived, and I checked through it carefully to make sure the printer produced a good result.  Everything checked out; the printed version looks very good, and it’s ready to be distributed via Amazon.com and elsewhere.  It will take a few days for the book to start showing up in listings on the various online sites.  In the meantime, I have ordered some copies to be sent here to White Knight Press; I plan to make copies available through Amazon, etc., until it starts showing up for sale directly by those retailers.

Here are a couple of photos of the proof copy of the paperback version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, the book also is still available for purchase and download in its PDF version, through this site; see the book’s information page for details.

Miniature Effect Movie with Canon PowerShot S100

The book I’m working on now is Photographer’s Guide to the Canon PowerShot S100, which I hope to have completed by the end of this year, or sooner if possible. I recently got my S100 and have started experimenting with it. Today I’m going to post a short movie made with the Miniature Effect setting.

This setting, which is available in the Creative Filter shooting mode, blurs the sides or top and bottom of the image so the overall scene takes on the appearance of a tabletop model. With the S100, you can use this effect when shooting a movie; you can also set the camera to speed up the action so it appears 5, 10, or 20 times faster than normal.

I earlier posted a sample of a similar effect using the Panasonic Lumix LX5 camera, which got this capability with its upgrade to firmware version 2.0.  You may notice that I’m using the same scene for the PowerShot S100, because this is the best location that I have found for this type of shot.  The vantage point is high above the ground, with a view of several intersecting streets. This type of scene seems to  give good results, because the cars and trucks zooming around the streets (speeded-up) have the look of little models.

Anyway, even though the book is not done yet, here is a sample movie to illustrate the Miniature Effect with the S100, using the 10X speed-up factor. Click on the link below to view the movie.

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Proof Has Been Printed for Fujifilm FinePix X100 Book

As I mentioned a few days ago, on Sunday, November 6, I submitted the final files to Lightning Source (LSI), the company that will be printing the paperback copies of Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm FinePix X100. Today I learned that LSI has approved the cover and interior files for printing based on their technical inspection, and they have gone on to print a proof copy of the book. I hope that the proof copy will ship out to me overnight within a day or two, and if it looks okay, I will approve it quickly.

After that, the book should start to show up as available at Amazon.com within a few more days. It will take longer to appear at Amazon.co.uk and other international sites. I also expect to have some copies here at White Knight Press to make available through Amazon Marketplace or other channels.

So, if anyone will be wanting a paperback copy of this book in the near future, I expect that the books will be available soon.  If anyone will need one before it becomes available on Amazon, you can let me know with an e-mail to contact@whiteknightpress.com and I will order enough copies to be able to provide them directly to those who want them. The cost for purchases direct from White Knight Press would be $24.95 U.S. Dollars, with free shipping in the United States; $31.95 for international orders, including shipping. Payment would be through PayPal.

Fujifilm FinePix X100 Book Has Been Submitted to the Printer

A few minutes ago I uploaded two files to Lighting Source, the print-on-demand company that prints camera guide books for White Knight Press and distributes them to Amazon.com and other online sellers. Both the cover and the interior of the book have been sent to the printer in their respective PDF files. Now it’s just a matter of waiting to see if the files pass muster with the various technical checks by the printer. Once the files are approved, Lightning Source will print a proof copy of the book and send it to me overnight for my approval. Once that’s done, I will give them the go-ahead to start producing the book.

If all goes well, I hope that Lightning Source will approve the files and print the proof within about a week from now, and that the book will start appearing on Amazon.com and elsewhere within about another week after that. So, as a rough estimate, I hope that the paperback version of the book will be available for sale by about November 20.

Of course, the PDF version is available now; for more details, see the general information page about the X100 book on this site.