Mike Kobal

November 15, 2012

Going for a walk in Paris with the Sony RX100


There are days when I don’t want to think about photography and this is where the RX100 comes in, I grab it when I don’t plan to take pictures. As it usually happens, once I relax I start “seeing things” and miss having a camera on me :)
the rest after the break

iphone vs Sony RX100 battle, guess who won ;)
tourist studying the three shades
father and son
unknown child
bus stop
father and daughter
dark light
ISO 800 ;)

Here are a few tips on how to set up you RX100 for street shooting:
1) turn off focus assist light and sound
2) get the fasted SDHC card currently available and shoot raw.
3) output at 10 megapixels instead of 20, unless you print large, this will pay off when the image needs cropping and for high ISO shooting.
4) Center point single shot auto focus, image review off, the speediest way to focus and to “get it”, staying with the wide angle also helps
5)play it safe with shutter speeds (steady shot on) and shoot about 2 stops faster then the focal length selected
for instance, if you are shooting at 28mm, don’t go below 1/125.
6)familiarize yourself totally with all camera controls and practice a steady hand

good luck shooting!

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Filed under: City Life,City Life Portraits,Street Photography — mike.kobal @ 3:25 pm


  1. Thanks for the stroll through Paris Mike! Excellent!

    Comment by CL — November 16, 2012 @ 2:09 am

  2. thanks for checking it out, Craig! love your work!

    Comment by mike.kobal — November 16, 2012 @ 9:38 am

  3. Mike, the father and daughter sounds like a vintage photo for me ! perfect instant , angle and entire scene !

    Comment by Eduardo — November 17, 2012 @ 9:15 am

  4. glad to hear you like the shot, thanks for posting, my friend!

    Comment by mike.kobal — November 17, 2012 @ 9:39 am

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  6. Can you share any details on the B & W technique which rendered the fine look in these photos. Was it in camera or in post. Thanks

    Comment by Rick Maiman — November 18, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

  7. Hey Rick, of course! I always shoot raw, and use ARC to dodge and burn like in the old days shooting film, convert to b/w and split tone in ACR. never opened in photoshop :) As for split toning, just play around until you find the color you like.

    Comment by mike.kobal — November 18, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

  8. Looking great Mike!

    Comment by Francisco G. — November 21, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

  9. thanks my friend!

    Comment by mike.kobal — November 21, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

  10. I really like the ‘bus stop’ picture. It has a certain ‘perfect moment’ about it because of the three people, one looking out of the picture, another with her back to the camera and a third looking in the camera (from left to right, and height in picture decreasing in the same order). It really creates great lines in the picture.
    The japanese couple is pretty awesome too… the woman looks like she might be suffering from the ‘paris syndrome’ :D

    Comment by Stefan — December 5, 2012 @ 5:29 am

  11. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful city. :)

    Landed on your website looking for stuff on the RX100 and I hope I get to use mine to its full extend as you did.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Erwin — December 5, 2012 @ 8:56 am

  12. thanks for your comment, Erwin, I am sure you won’t be disappointed with this little gem!

    Comment by mike.kobal — December 5, 2012 @ 9:45 am

  13. glad you like the shots, Stefan :)

    Comment by mike.kobal — December 5, 2012 @ 9:46 am

  14. Hello Mike,

    Regarding the Sony RX100:

    You mention “output at 10 megapixels instead of 20…” What do you mean ? I see no menu option for output size.



    Comment by Andre D. — March 13, 2013 @ 5:03 am

  15. Hi Ande, most of the time, I shoot raw and I found a noticeable quality jump when “oversampling”, outputting at 10mp produces amazing results

    Comment by mike.kobal — March 13, 2013 @ 11:18 am

  16. Hi Mike,

    On the RX100 what program wold you use with your suggested settings above?



    Comment by Simon — April 6, 2013 @ 3:47 am

  17. Hi Simon, LR or PS to process, shooting in S mode at a minimum of 1/125 or higher

    Comment by mike.kobal — April 6, 2013 @ 10:44 am

  18. Hi, Mike
    Really nice pictures. You mention: “output at 10 megapixels instead of 20, unless you print large”. How do you do this and wat is a “large” print? I don’t understand your reply on andre’s similar question and in what way is there a “noticeable quality jump”?
    Jean Pierre

    Comment by jean pierre — November 15, 2013 @ 11:22 am

  19. Hi Jean Pierre. Shoot raw at full resolution. Example, 20mp, 5472 x 3648 pixels, downsample to 10mp, which equals 3888 x 2592 pixels, you gain quality and minimize noise

    Comment by mike.kobal — November 15, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

  20. Hey, nice pics! question: what is that Incoming search terms: plugin you are using? Can u mail me the answer? Thanks

    Comment by s — February 26, 2014 @ 9:58 am

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