Monthly Archives: April 2014

Fujifilm Announces New 1.4x Teleconverter for X100 and X100S Cameras

Fujifilm has announced the upcoming release of its 1.4x teleconverter lens for the X100 and X100S cameras, each of which has a fixed lens. This new add-on lens will change the 35mm-equivalent focal length of either camera’s 35mm lens to 50mm. Here is a link to an announcement at  According to the announcement, users will need to upgrade the firmware of the camera in order to use the new lens. Further details, including price, will be released later.

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.


Larger Version of ePub File for Sony RX10 Book is Available Upon Request

Yesterday a reader who had purchased the downloadable versions of the Sony RX10 book through this site asked if I could provide a larger version of the ePub file, to give higher resolution for the images when viewed on an iPad. I checked into this, and I was able to provide a version which does appear to give a better viewing experience on newer iPads.

If anyone who purchased the downloadable versions of the RX10 book through this site through April 5 would like to have the larger version of the ePub file, just send a message to or use the Contact form on this site, making reference to your order number or the e-mail address you used when placing the order.  I will then send you the larger version of the ePub file.

For reference, the smaller version of the file is about 20 megabytes in size, while the larger version is about 59 megabytes.

If you purchased the RX10 book through Apple’s iBooks Store, you will have received the larger-sized file, which is the only version available there.

Also, I have produced a larger version of the .mobi file, which is used on Kindle devices. I’m not sure if there is a very noticeable difference in quality in that larger file as opposed to the one that was distributed earlier, but if anyone who has purchased the Kindle version through this site or through Amazon will contact with me with information about the order, such as order number, I will be glad to send you a copy of the larger file.  (The larger file, about 65 megabytes, is too large to be uploaded through the Kindle publishing system, so the file available at Amazon is the normal-sized file, about 23 megabytes.)

Sony RX10 Book is Now Available in Downloadable Versions for iPad, Kindle, and Other Devices

As of today, Photographer’s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX10 is available for purchase in electronic versions that can be downloaded to smartphones, tablets, computers, Kindle, Nook, Sony, Kobo, and other e-readers, and any other compatible devices.  The three downloadable versions (PDF, ePub, and mobi) are sold in a bundle for $9.95.  Shortly after you make this purchase, you will receive an e-mail message with links to all three files. You can download any or all of the files to any of your own devices for your own use. The downloadable files contain all the same content, including images, as the paperback version, which is available separately for $25.95 through and other online sellers.

The purchase of the downloadable files is handled securely through a company called FastSpring, which processes payments and provides the downloads. For more information about the book, please see the book’s main page at this site.

To visit the page for purchasing the downloadable versions, please click on the button below:

FastSpring button