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Text-Only Paperback Version of Sony RX100 II Guide Book is Now Available

sonyrx100iitextonlycoverAs of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II is available in a paperback edition that contains the full text of the original book, but without the nearly 400 images that the original guide contains. I have produced this new version as an experiment to see if readers are interested in having the contents of the book available for reference at a price considerably lower than the price of the full-color paperback.

The text-only paperback edition is available now for $14.95 from Amazon.com. As is stated in the book’s Introduction, I will, on request, send a free PDF with all of the text as well as the color images to anyone who purchases the text-only paperback. Once you purchase that edition, send an e-mail message to contact@whiteknightpress.com to request the PDF. Just include your order number or a portion of your order confirmation message from Amazon (or other seller) to show that you purchased the paperback.

I am including below some images of the actual book, so you can get an idea of what it looks like. The book has 304 pages of text, including table of contents and index, as opposed to the 455 pages of the book with images. This edition contains only a few images, showing the camera’s controls, and those images are reproduced in black and white. It contains all of the text of the original, full-color book, except for some text that relates to images and that would not be useful without having those images available. Of course, if you buy the book and receive the free PDF, you will be able to see all of the images and read the discussions about them.

Sony RX100 II Text-Only Edition: Front Cover

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Sony RX100 III Book Now Available in Paperback Version

As of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 III, a full-color guide book to Sony’s latest RX100 series camera, is available in a paperback edition. The book is available now from Amazon.com for $26.95. The book has 493 pages, with more than 400 color photographs and illustrations. For more information about the book and its contents, please see the book’s information page at this site.

To purchase the paperback book or to get more information about it from Amazon’s site, you can search for “Sony RX100 III” in the Books category at Amazon, or just click on the button below:

The Sony RX100 III book also is available in three electronic formats: PDF, for reading on computers and other devices with Adobe Reader or compatible programs; ePub, for iPad, iPhone, Nook, Kobo, Sony, and other ePub readers; and mobi, for Kindle devices. Information about how and where to purchase those versions is available at the book’s information page.

Paperback Proof Copy of Sony RX100 III Book Has Been Approved

Today I received from the printer the proof copy of the paperback version of Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 III. The proof looked very good, so I approved it for production. This means that the book will automatically be added to the catalog of books available through Amazon.com and other online sellers, including Amazon sites in other countries and sellers such as Barnes & Noble (bn.com) and others.

With this book, I took advantage of a new option offered by the printer and had the book printed on heavier (70-pound) paper, to get better quality for the reproduction of the photographs. With this thicker paper, the photographs and screenshots do reproduce with more clarity and crispness than in the past, though the use of this paper, along with the length of the book, has made the paperback quite hefty. Here are a few images showing the proof copy:

Front View of Sony RX100 III Proof Copy

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It will take a few days for the book to appear as available at Amazon.com and elsewhere. I will post updates as the book’s availability status changes.

Sony RX100 III Book is Now Available in PDF Version Only – Other Versions Coming Soon

sonyrx1003coversmallAs of today, my newest book, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony RX100 III, is available for purchase through this site in a PDF version for $9.95.  The new book has almost 500 pages of text and more than 400 full-color photographs and illustrations.  The book covers all features, menus, and controls of the RX100 III camera.  It is similar to my earlier books about the RX100 and RX100 II cameras, but I rewrote it in many areas to cover changed menu structures, different control options, and other new features of the camera.

The book is available now only in the PDF version.  I am making it available in this format in response to requests from customers who would like to start using the book before the other versions are available.  The paperback version and the versions for the iPad and Kindle should be ready by the end of August 2014.

If you purchase the PDF version through this site, you can receive the other two downloadable versions at no extra cost if you send a message to contact@whiteknightpress.com when those versions are available, including your order number and asking for the other two versions.

Sony RX100 II Book is Now on Sale at eBay Store

Sony-RX100-II-Book-Cover-High-QualityEarlier today I set up my first sale on eBay — the first time I have temporarily reduced the price of a book.  I did this because I ended up with more copies of the Sony RX100 II guide book than planned.  I ordered a quantity of them at a time when Amazon.com was not keeping the book steadily in stock, but that problem cleared up and the book has been constantly available directly from Amazon.  So, in order to reduce my own inventory, I have reduced the price of the paperback version of the book to $18.95 for one week.

I don’t know if I will be having any other sales.  I will see how this one goes.  Anyway, if you’re interested in this book, it’s available for $18.95 through the first week in July.  For more information about the book, please see its information page at this site.  Here is a link to the sale at my eBay store.

Using External Flash with Compact Cameras

In all of my camera guide books I include a section on using external flash. With the cameras that have a flash shoe, like the Sony DSC-RX100 II, the Sony DSC-RX10, the Fujifilm X10, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7, and others, there is no problem attaching an external flash unit, because each of those cameras has a flash shoe. But some other cameras that I write about, including the Sony DSC-RX100, the Nikon Coolpix P600, and the Canon PowerShot S110, do not have a flash shoe, so there is no way to attach or connect an external flash unit.

With those cameras and others like them, you can use an external flash unit that has a built-in optical slave capability, or you can use an external flash unit along with a separate optical slave device. I thought it would be useful to do a video that demonstrates how this works, so I put together a short demonstration using the Nikon Coolpix P600 camera. Here is the video:

For more information about specific cameras and using external flash units with them, please see my guide books for those camera models.

Water Drop Photography with the Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone Camera

So far, I have written camera guide books only for advanced compact cameras like the Sony DSC-RX100 II, the Nikon Coolpix P600, the Fujifilm X100S, and several others. I have not yet done any books about cameras that are included in smartphones, like the iPhone camera. I have read a good deal about the Nokia Lumia 1020 phone, though, with its camera that takes 38-megapixel photos. I’m not planning to do a book about this camera at this point, but I have been playing around with one for the past few days. Today I set up my water drop photography equipment to give the Lumia 1020 a test run, just to see how the camera works using a familiar scenario.

I think it did pretty well. I put the results into a SlideShare presentation, which you can view by clicking the link in this sentence.

If there is interest in a book about the Nokia Lumia 1020’s camera, I might consider it for a future project.

Paperback Edition of New Guide Book for Nikon Coolpix P600 Camera is Now Available for Purchase

Nikon Coolpix P600As of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P600, the newest full-color camera guide book from White Knight Press, is available for purchase in a paperback edition. This 409-page book is currently listed for sale at Amazon.com. You can find the book by searching at that site or by clicking on the button here:

The P600 guide book will be available in downloadable versions for smartphones, tablets, and other devices within the next two weeks.

Sony Announces DSC-RX100 III Camera with Pop-up Electronic Viewfinder

Sony has just announced the DSC-RX100 III, another upgrade to the original RX100, following up on the RX100 II. This time, Sony has concentrated on improving the image quality and built-in features for ease of use. For example, the new camera includes a lens with a wider aperture at the full zoom range, enhanced video capability, and, probably most prominent, a pop-up electronic viewfinder. There is an excellent introduction to the new model at dpreview.com.

Although plans are not definite, at this point I expect to be producing a White Knight Press guide book for this camera this summer.

Reply to Teri’s Question About Taking Moon Images with Nikon Coolpix P520

A little while ago I received a message through the Contact form on this site asking about settings for the Nikon Coolpix P520 when taking a picture of the moon, as discussed at pages 333-334 of Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P520.

I sent a response, but my reply bounced back; the e-mail system said the user I sent it to was unknown.  I’m not sure how that happened, but it’s frustrating when this happens, because I don’t want someone to think I am ignoring a question.

So, here is Teri’s question, followed by my reply:

I have your book “Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P520”  on pages 333-335 on taking pictures of the moon I set my settings as you suggested.  I see the moon in full but when the picture is taken it looks like a white ball of light .  Could you let me know how to get the brightness of the picture and get the details of the moon. I would sure appreciate your help.  Thanks Teri

Hello, Teri — It can be hard to tell without seeing the actual image, but here are a couple of ideas.  First, be sure you have the camera on a solid tripod if at all possible, and use the self-timer so the camera does not move during the exposure. Second, if the moon is full, it may be too bright for the settings I listed.  Try with those same settings, but change the shutter speed to a faster one, such as 1/60 second.  Keep trying faster shutter speeds until the image looks good.

—Alex White

I hope Teri sees this post, and knows I have not ignored the question!  Teri, if you see this and want to follow up, please check into the e-mail address you used, and consider using a different one if that one has a problem. Thanks.

–Alex