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 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®ion_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.)
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.
As of today, the newest guide book from White Knight Press, Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix B700, 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 is available through Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, and the iPad version is available through the Apple iBooks Store. There are purchasing links at the book’s information page at this site.
As of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony RX100 V is available in paperback from amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, and barnesandnoble.com. The price is $24.95 in the U.S. and £21.95 in the U.K. The printed version is a paperback, 8.5 by 11 inches (216 by 280mm) in size, and 246 pages long. It contains nearly 500 full-color photographs or illustrations that show the camera’s menu screens, physical controls, shooting and playback display screens, and sample photographs taken with the RX100 V. The book covers all features, controls, and menus of the camera, with step-by-step guides, tables, and tips for best ways to use the camera. It also contains a section on accessories and a section with links to further resources. The book has a full index and table of contents.
For more information, including links to the index, table of contents, and an excerpt from the book, please see the book’s main information page at this site.
As of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 V is available for purchase in a bundle of three downloadable versions from this site. For $9.95, you will receive the PDF, iPad, and Kindle versions of the book. The paperback version will be available for $24.95 from Amazon.com and other sellers within about the next two weeks. For more information, please see the book’s main information page.
I have put together a 10-minute video showing some accessories that can be used with the Sony RX10 III camera. Here is the link:
As of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony RX10 III, recently published by White Knight Press in ebook formats, is also available in a paperback edition. The book is currently available through Amazon.com for $24.95. It will become available at other Amazon sites worldwide within the next few days or weeks, in addition to online sellers such as barnesandnoble.com.
For a direct link to the book’s page at Amazon.com, please click on this link.
For general information about the book, please visit the book’s main information page at this site.
As of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX10 III is available for purchase through this site in its three downloadable versions–PDF, Kindle, and iPad, at $9.95 for the bundle of those three files. The paperback version of the book will be available for sale through Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and other online sellers within the next week or so. The individual ebook versions also will become available from the Amazon, Apple, Nook, Kobo, and Google sites within the next several days.
For more information, please see the book’s main information page at this site.
I am finishing up my latest book, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX10 III, which should be published by the end of July. In writing that book, I came across a new (to me) menu option on the Custom menu, called Video Light Mode. I found that, using that option, you can control a compatible video light using the controls of the RX10 III camera. The only compatible model listed in Sony’s documentation is the HVL-LBPC, so I purchased that light and checked it out. It works as advertised, and I have made a five-minute video that demonstrates the use of that light with the RX10 III camera. Here is the video: