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Photographer's Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II Paperback – October 8, 2013
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About the Author
Alexander S. White is the author of numerous guides to the use of advanced compact digital cameras. He lives near Richmond, Virginia, with his family.
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Many photographers go to an interesting location to take compelling photographs to show you what the camera is capable of. The photos here look more like snapshots taken in his yard and house. They are shots similar to those I saw in the last book of his I used over five years ago.
In short, the book is an excellent resource that really gives the user a full understanding of the device. It is a solid read and then a useful guide for weeks and months later to refresh. The images inside, however, fall short in showing what any camera is capable of doing. Most are pictures of subjects that no one would take and this lack of subject matter greatly takes away from the book.
I've owned compact cameras before but this was my first experience with what's widely considered a pocketable DSLR so I figured I'd get the top ranked book on how to use the camera to its full potential.
It's a good book that definitely expands on the contents found in the Sony user guide but I feel like it doesn't really tell you how to shoot the best pictures in whatever scenario you find yourself in.
It breaks down every single option in the camera and what it might be useful for and it gives you a basic overview of digital photography 101.
I read the entire book before a long roadtrip and it definitely helped me familiarize with the camera functions but I don't really see any further use for it anymore, perhaps a quick reference to an obscure camera setting but that's about it.
I generally don't read the books cover to cover but skip to the areas that I feel i need some extra help. After reading the book I feel like I can use my camera much more effectively. It seems like one of the better add on purchases that does more to help my images than any filter I could purchase at a much higher price. I bought the kindle versions, so I can carry the book with me when ever i travel with my camera.
So finally having a hardcopy reference Book that details all those missing things Sony fails to mention is finally here. Regarding this specific book for review - the "Contents and detailed Explanations by the author are WELL done. Complements to the author. The however (and why not a 5 star rating) has to do with the publisher. The book is an unusual physical size (not small, but not your typical Camera & Photo larger sized book), such as those published for/by - the David D. Busch series of products.
The paper is of the dull off-white, thin recycled type. The color illustrations, explanations, and photos are very washed out and dull. Repeating again, the contents by the author are well done - provides the information we are looking for - but the physical book itself, and cost cutting way it is being compiled and published leaves much to be desired.
I am a hobby enthusiast level photographer, not a pro, but also not a beginner. I utilize numerous brands and types of camera products. Higher end Sony products are one of the brands I have somewhat gravitated more towards (also like Canon and Nikon), but Sony's detailed Guides/Manuals need vast improvements - so books such as this one are greatly needed and appreciated by all those seeking to truly "learn" the full operation(s) and controls of their Sony product(s).
Great Book, poor Publishing