- Paperback: 378 pages
- Publisher: White Knight Press; Reprint edition (October 20, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193798608X
- ISBN-13: 978-1937986087
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 217 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Photographer's Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 Paperback – October 20, 2012
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Alexander S. White is the author of several books about advanced compact digital cameras. He lives near Richmond, Virginia, with his family.
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Here's an example from the self-timer section, "The self-timer is useful for occasions when you need to be the photographer and also appear in a group photograph, because you can set the RX100 on a tripod, set the timer for 10 seconds, and then move around to place yourself in the group before the shutter clicks. The self-timer also is helpful in other situations, though, such as whenever you are taking a picture under conditions in which you don’t want to cause blur by jiggling the camera as you press the shutter button. For example, when you’re taking a macro shot very close to the subject, the focusing can be very critical, and any bump to the camera could throw off the focus. Using the self-timer means the camera has a chance to settle down after the shutter button is pressed, before the image is actually recorded. Once you select the self-timer option, you are presented with two choices: ten seconds and two seconds. When the self-timer option is highlighted, just press the left or right direction button on the control wheel to choose between these options. Once you have made this selection, the self-timer icon will appear in the upper left corner of the display, with the chosen number of seconds (10 or 2) displayed next to the icon, as shown in Figure 4-15."
I mean, come on! The whole book is like that, I found myself constantly skipping paragraphs to get to the parts that matter. Would have been a great guide if it was pared down to 60 - 70 pages, which can easily be done. 4 stars for effort and thoroughness though, it actually covers a lot of material and contains a lot of information. (It has too many notes, just take out a few and it'll be perfect!)
The guide while covering all of the many controls of the RX-100 is written in a way that makes the technical material accessible.
1. Many of the controls can be accessed in different ways; the guide makes it clear how this can be done.
2. The effects of the controls are shown in the many illustrations--here having them shown in color is a great advantage.
3. The author gives many suggestions about how a control should be set. Very helpful for a beginner, just starting to find their way about the camera.
Coming to the RX100 from many years of shooting with Canon cameras, the "Photographer's Guide..." was also an excellent guide to the Sony camera interface. The Sony interface is sometimes confusing and difficult for a newcomer to master, especially if (s)he comes to Sony from a more intuitive interface such as Canon's; the "Photographer's Guide..." makes the interface much clearer and easier to use.
This book covers every feature of the RX100 in a conversational style. The author not only describes what the camera can do but also gives advice on when and how you might use a certain feature. So it's not only a reference work on the R100's capabilities, it's also a mini-tutorial on the fundamentals of photography for those who know nothing about cameras.
In this regard, I might prefer something in between: a manual not so spartan as Sony's but not so drawn-out as this one. I've been in photography a long time, so I don't need explanations of aperture and depth of field.
Even so, this is a minor quibble. I bought this book and find it useful, and I'd recommend it to to any RX-100 owner.
I'd also recommend the RX-100 itself. It is a truly fantastic little camera (see my other review on the camera itself) and I continue to be delighted with it the more I use it.
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