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Say NO to Auto~3 Basic steps to Understanding Manual Camera Settings

Do you have a nice, fancy camera that you don’t know how to use?  Do you feel frustrated that you are always getting dark pictures on Auto?  I’ve created a book small enough to fit in your camera bag, but with enough detail to help you shun the auto mode forever.  I first released this as an e-book in January 2011, with revisions done in July 2011.  I’ve had 100% positive feedback (see comments below) that this beginners book has transformed the photography efforts of those that have read it.  You don’t have to be a profossional photographer to want to take beautiful pictures of your family and friends.     Here is why this little book makes me so happy:  It is the basics, friends.  There are so many books out there that highlight every little thing you can learn about your camera, and while they are fabulous… to the beginner, it is VERY overwhelming.  My self prescribed attention deficit cannot handle the overload of information.  I know because I tried when I was teaching myself the camera years ago.  I don’t do books well.  This book has 17 mini pages that is equal to 4 regular size pages–that’s all it takes to understand the 3 basic steps to understanding manual camera settings😉 I am a big believer that you start with the basics and once those are mastered, move on to more.  Once the basics are better understood, then those books will make more sense.

For those new to my site, here  is what you can expect from this book:

Say NO to Auto:  3 basic steps to understanding manual camera settings

I have broken down the complicated method of using the manual settings on slr cameras and narrowed it down to 3 basic questions you must ask yourself before taking a shot.  It is 17-4×6 pages with picture examples and settings of those images to help you in any lighting situation you may find yourself.  I intentially made it pocket sized so it was easily transportable.  You can purchase the e-book ($10), so you can print it at a lab (as 4×6 pictures) or at home and spiral bind it or put a ring on it, or even slip the 4×6 prints inside of a mini photo album to bind the book. {E-book means that I am not mailing a hard copy to you, but e-mailing you a digital copy for you to print}  If you aren’t the type to read it on the comptuer and print it out on your own, you can also purchase the hard copy for $20 and that includes shipping!  Check out my sidebar for both paypal options.

The example above shows the difference between auto and manual settings.  I used the same great lens for both shots, with one snap on auto and the other on the manual settings that I chose.  If you cover up the manual shot and just look at the auto, it doesn’t look so awful, but when you see what it COULD be, you realize there is so much more to photography than shooting on auto.  Even my model knows…look at her face on that auto shot…she’s thinking, “Are you really going to put it on the auto setting?”  Hehee;)  Though I normally use photoshop to enhance the color in my images, I did not use it at all, to show actual results with my manual settings on the right (the same image on the cover does have my color pop enhancement). I believe strongly that photoshop is meant to enhance, not fix.  Try as I may, I will never be able to “fix” an image to look as great as one taken correctly in the first place.

The book includes lots of examples for different lighting conditions with the color coded settings like the shot below:

Below are a few snaps of the hard copy.  Thick cardstock, Spiral bound/front & back printing.

My most favorite part of this new edition is this blurred page below:  From my workshops to extensive research, I realized I needed to help people find the right buttons in order to change them, and I have color coded examples for both Canon and Nikon users (similar application to other brands, as well).  This research alone, I could have doubled the price of the book, but I’m keeping it the same affordable price~$10.

 

 There you have it… New and improved!!! Purchase  the e-version or hard copy on the right sidebar.

 For reviews from those that have previously purchased the e-book, see the comments below.   Workshop and skype mentoring info CLICK HERE.

{If you do not have a paypal account, you can still use paypal with your credit or debit card, just look for that option when you click BUY NOW}

Please let me know if you have any questions!!!

***UPDATE!***  Intermediate photography book, Get Focused, is now available. Purchase either book RIGHT HERE, or click on the image below for more info.

GET FOCUSED intermediate photography book

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  9. I have a CSC (compact system camera) so it has all of the settings of most DSLRs and a removable lens and all that good stuff, but it’s mirrorless and 100% digital. I always struggle finding good instructions on how to best use the camera because all the good tutorials are either for DSLR or point-and-shoot, and my camera is right in the middle! Do you think this book would help me? I’ve read through my camera’s manual, but man was it a hefty read! I’m hoping for something a little more newbie friendly!

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