Say NO to Auto Book Review + GIVEAWAY!

Congratulations to Jackie!

I have a sweet giveaway opportunity for all you budding photographers out there! If you’re looking to take your camera from Auto to Manual, then wait until you see this sweet eBook from Kristen Duke Photography!

Her amazing photography eBook has (17) 4×6 pages with picture examples and settings of those images to help you in any lighting situation you may find yourself.

The ebook pages are in .jpg format. You can print them as 4×6 pictures (17 of them, cheap at costco with auto color correct OFF) and put them on a ring, bind them, or mini album. Or you can put them on your phone/ipad as images! And the size is perfect to fit in your camera bag or purse. Gotta love that!

So, wanna see some of my test shots?

Ok, I did have a bit of a cranky kid during this photo shoot so bare with me… This first shot is in Auto with the flash turned on. It’s about 4pm indoors on a cloudy afternoon about 3 ft away from the window.

And here’s the camera set to Manual! I didn’t do any adjusting in Photoshop; this is straight out of my camera. You can definitely tell where the natural light is coming from, right?

How about a shot of some apples from my kitchen island. This was taken about 7 ft from the sliding glass doors with Auto turned on. The colors look pretty intense, but everything else is dark.

Now I switched it over to Manual. You can see more detail and color in the background, plus the color of the apples are more realistic.

And back to the cranky kid. The below shot is taken in Auto in her bedroom again. Seems kinda flat, right?

Now here’s the shot about 2 seconds later in Manual (wait, are we starting to see a hint of a smile?). Again, no photo adjustments in Photoshop… amazing. Love the light and contrast in the manual shot!

OK, so are you ready to win this amazing booklet?

 Just leave a comment below telling me if you’ve ever shot in MANUAL before.
Yep, that’s it.

If you don’t want to wait and need this book ASAP, you can purchase the eBook for $10 or a hard copy for $20 from Kristen Duke’s website. If you win the giveaway, she will refund your money so go buy it NOW! It makes a great holiday gift too :)


  1. CohoesMom5 says

    I have never successfully shot in manual. I have tried setting my camera to manual but don’t know what the other settings do. I have looked it up and tried to get hints but can never remember the correct settings when it is time to actually take the picture.

  2. says

    I really, really want to learn to shoot in manual (even took a class this summer) but I am still intimidated and overwhelmed…I would love to win!

  3. says

    I have played around shooting in manual, but usually I shoot in my camera’s creative auto mode. It gives me a bit of control but does most of the work. I’d really love to learn how to shoot better in manual though, thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway!

  4. says

    OH Yeck Yea! I have shot in manual way way way too often, and just learning that there are other settings :D This would be a HUGE plus for me (and my blog, and it’s fans) to win this giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity!

  5. Amy says

    I am guilty of using the auto functions way too many times. Usually because my kids are far too fast for me while I try to fumble around with the manual settings. One of these days I’ll master manual settings. Hopefully before the kids grow up on me.

  6. says

    Have never shot with manual before. I told my husband I wanted a nice camera that took great pictures without me doing anything to it. So…auto has been my friend. But I totally see the difference now and wouldn’t mind learning a bit more about how to take better pictures. :)

  7. Amy g says

    I have shot in manual before but I do get confused on when to put it in what settings. I think this book would help me alot.

  8. Shelley D. says

    I don’t know how to use my camera on anything but auto, but would love to use it by making my own adjustments.

  9. says

    I love shooting in manual and have gotten more comfortable with it as I’ve taken some classes from Okello Dunkley. He travels around teaching them. I’m sure this guide will be really helpful too!!!

  10. Bianca Andrea says

    I have shot in manual, I am trying to learn how to use my camera and am getting frusturated because i need to read my camera book!

  11. says

    I have shot in manual with my old Canon 35 mm, but not with a digital. My crummy digital doesn’t even have the option. I am hoping, oh, how I am hoping, to get a good digital, and I definitely want to learn how to use the manual mode. Especially after seeing the difference in your shots. And that is one gorgeous little girl!!!

  12. says

    This past year I starting shooting in manual. I was craving beautifully crisp pictures shot in natural light. I still need to practice though.
    Would love to win her e book!

  13. Melissa B says

    Your blog is AMAZING! I recently started following you a month or so ago. Your craft room makeover is what hooked me. We are duplicating it exactly :-) ok back to your question. No, I have never shot in manual. My Canon is very intimidating and havent ventured out of auto. I’m secretly hoping this giveaway is the push I need at least for my families sake :-)

  14. Jessica McLard says

    I have tried to learn the manual on my camera but I just haven’t had the time to sit and work with it for hours. This would be a great tool to have!!

  15. Amy says

    Long ago I used to use manual, but then got spoiled by auto. Seeing the differences in your photos (using manual versus auto) makes me want to use manual again!

  16. Pam says

    I have played around with auto, but I don’t feel like I am very good at it! lol…Would love to learn more techniques:)

  17. says

    I love to shoot in manual but feel like I am always just a little bit off. I shoot in auto mostly and then spend all of my time correcting them in my Memory Manager software. I’d love to be able to take quality manual photos!!!

  18. Samantha H says

    Your daughter is adorable!!! Love how you showed the auto/manual images. What a difference. You have inspired me to want to try different settings on my camera.

  19. says

    I’m always scared to shoot in manual because I don’t know how to adjust all the settings :( Plus my poor Kodak point and shoot is on its last leg. I see camera shopping in the near future.

  20. Krystal says

    I try to shoot in manual but it only works for me half of the time so I get frustrated and switch back to auto. This book would be great!

  21. Memmom says

    Please pick me! Although I honestly believe photography is an Artistic talent and not everyone can “do” it – I would love to try and learn the tricks!!

  22. K.Wolff says

    Unfortunately I haven’t shot in manual since HS (and that was a long time ago)! I would love to win this ebook in order to figure out how to start getting better pics of my babies!

  23. Monica says

    I have shot in manual mode. I love using my DSLR, but I am always looking for new tips and tricks on how to make my photos look even better.

  24. Martha Lawson says

    Always use auto, don’t know how to do much of anything else!!! I so need this book,, so I can take better pictures! Thanks for the chance.

  25. Deanna Thompson says

    I’ve done a little manual shooting, but just learning it and it’s intimidating!! I’m hoping to learn and improve though :)

  26. Janet says

    I have a digital, not a big fancy camera, BUT, it does have settings to shoot in manual….knobs to turn etc. it’s a little intimidating. I have tried changing the settings when I have been at the kids sports events etc., but clearly I don’t know what I am doing!

  27. says

    I take a lot of photos for my websites but have never shot in manual before. I’d like to – but it seems really intimidating. I guess I need that book – your photos are VERY convincing! cheers – Denise

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