Infrared Photography with Sony RX10 IV Camera

I am in the process of finishing my guide book for the Sony DSC-RX10 IV camera, which I hope to have published by mid-December. Today I checked to see how well the camera does at taking infrared photos using a Hoya R72 infrared filter. (The camera uses a 72mm filter, by the way, coincidentally the same number as the filter number.)

Of course, the camera is not designed for infrared photography, so you need to use long shutter speeds to let enough infrared light in through the dark red filter. So, this type of photography is really only suited for stationary subjects such as landscapes. It works best with green trees, grass, and the like, along with blue skies and clouds. But my tests showed that the camera can take this sort of infrared photograph. I am posting an example here, which is also included in my upcoming book. This image was taken in Manual exposure mode with a shutter speed of 4 seconds at f/5.6 and ISO manually set at 1250.

Panasonic ZS70/TZ90 Book Now Available for Sale in Paperback Format

As of today, the newest camera guide book from White Knight Press, Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70/TZ90, is available for purchase in a paperback edition. This version of the book is 8.5 by 11 inches (216 by 280mm) in size, and has 203 pages of content, including more than 450 full-color images and illustrations.  It has a full index and table of contents. The printed book, which is available for $24.95 in the U.S., includes the same information contained in the PDF and ebook versions, which are available for purchase through this website as well as through online sellers such as Amazon.com, the Google Play Store, Kobo Books, the iTunes Store, and others.

For more information or to purchase the book, please see the title’s main information page at this site.

Panasonic Lumix ZS70/TZ90 Book Now Available in Downloadable Versions

As of today, the newest camera guide book from White Knight Press, Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70/TZ90, is available for purchase in downloadable versions. You can get a bundle of all three electronic files (PDF, iPad, and Kindle) for $9.95 through this site, or, if you prefer, you can purchase the book in an individual format through one of the major online sellers, such as Amazon, iBooks, Google, Kobo, or Barnes and Noble Nook. For details, please see the book’s main information page at this site.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Book Now Available in Paperback Version

As of today, the newest camera guide book from White Knight Press, Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15, is available for purchase in a paperback edition. This version of the book is 8.5 by 11 inches (216 by 280mm) in size, and has 210 pages of content, including more than 450 full-color images and illustrations.  It has a full index and table of contents. The printed book, which is available for $24.95 in the U.S., includes the same information contained in the ebook versions, which are available for purchase through this website as well as through online sellers such as Amazon.com, the iTunes Store, and others.

For more information or to purchase the book, please see the title’s main information page at this site.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Book Now Available in Downloadable Versions

As of today, the newest camera guide book from White Knight Press, Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15, is available for purchase in downloadable versions. You can get a bundle of all three electronic files (PDF, iPad, and Kindle) for $9.95 through this site, or, if you prefer, you can purchase the book in an individual format through one of the major online sellers, such as Amazon, iBooks, Google, Kobo, or Barnes and Noble Nook. For details, please see the book’s main information page at this site.

Guide Book for Sony HX80 and HX90V Now Available in Paperback

As of today, my newest camera guide book, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-HX80 and HX90V, is available for sale in paperback. At first, it will be available from Amazon.com, followed by other Amazon sites such as Amazon.co.uk, and by barnesandnoble.com and other sites of online booksellers. The book already is available in PDF and ebook formats through this site and elsewhere. For more details, please see the book’s main information page at this site.

New Guide Book for Sony DSC-HX80 and HX90V Now Available in Downloadable Versions

As of today, the newest guide book from White Knight Press, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-HX80 and HX90V, is available for purchase in its downloadable, electronic versions (PDF, Kindle, and iPad). You can purchase a bundle of all three versions for $9.95 through the White Knight Press site. If you prefer, the Kindle version will soon be available through Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, and the iPad version will be available through the Apple iBooks Store. The book also will be sold through the Kobo Books and Google Books sites. There are purchasing links at the book’s information page at this site.

A Technique for Macro Shooting with the Sony RX100 III Camera

I have received an interesting email message from Ron Pidot, a reader of my guide book for the Sony RX100 III camera, explaining how he used a novel approach to macro shooting with that model. Ron indicated that he did not mind sharing his technique with others, so I am posting the information here for use by anyone who would like to experiment with high-quality macro photography with this Sony model. It should work with other cameras in the RX100 family as well, though it has only been tested with the RX100 III. Here is what Ron explained:

“I thought you might be interested to know that I have been successful in shooting macro with the addition of a reversed Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens mounted on the 49mm adapter with a reversing ring instead of the usual close-up filters. I use manual focus with the aid of a focusing rail that adjusts front to back and left to right.  There is no discernible vignetting when zooming to 140mm. with the “clear image” zoom  setting. The  images are processed with the Photoshop Elements 11 Photomerge option using layer masks to achieve focus stacking. My subjects (small screws, dead houseflies and tiny shells) have ranged in size from 4mm-10mm in length. I lighted the subject with the YongNuo 560 IV strobe you mentioned, using the pop-up flash to trigger the slave.

Insects are not abundant now but I managed to capture an earwig about 25mm long and it filled the LCD screen. Perhaps your readers (if they don’t already know) might like to add this capability to other options for macro photography.”

Sony Has Released Version 1.01 Firmware Upgrade for DSC-RX100 V Camera

Sony has just released an update to the firmware for the RX100 V camera, to Version 1.01. This is not a major upgrade in terms of adding any new features, but Sony says that it improves the overall “stability of the camera” and makes improvements to correct a situation whereby the camera sometimes would not power on “after making certain setting changes.” I had not experienced any problems with my camera, but I went ahead and installed the firmware upgrade, because it sounds like a good idea to do so. The upgrade did not cause me any problems. Here is a link to a page where Sony provides the downloadable file for the upgrade as well as instructions: https://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=DSCRX100M5&template_id=1&region_id=1&tab=download#/downloadTab. (You have to select your computer’s operating system, and the Sony website will then provide you with the appropriate download links.)

New Guide Book for Nikon Coolpix B700 is Now Available in Paperback

As of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix B700, published recently in ebook versions, is available in a paperback edition. The printed book contains the same text and images as the ebook. It is 8.5 by 11 inches (216 by 280mm) in size, and has 172 pages of text, with more than 350 color illustrations and images. The book sells for $24.95 through Amazon.com and other online sellers in the U.S., and for £19.95 in the U.K. It will soon be available through other Amazon sites in Europe and elsewhere.

For more information and links for purchasing, please visit the book’s main page at this site.