Beginner Photography Video Workshop~Say NO to Auto

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Do you have a fancy camera that you don’t know how to use?  Did you buy it thinking you’d take images like the professionals because you have a camera like the professionals?   I used to shoot on auto…it’s easy…and the pictures are decent.  But I didn’t want decent, I wanted amazing.  The only way to do that is to make the decision to Say NO to Auto and learn the camera’s manual settings.  I’ve outlined 3 basic steps, and I teach you how to find the right buttons on your camera, so you can have more confidence to produce beautiful images yourself!

Nearly 3 Years ago when I released Say NO to Auto as a beginner photography e-book, I never dreamed I’d sell over 5,000 copies, write a second intermediate book (Get Focused), sell both printed books from my site and Amazon, be asked to speak at blogging conferences, and travel the US teaching hands-on workshops based off of the book.

What an adventure!

I started planning family trips around the demand to teach workshops in certain cities, which was (and still is) really FUN!

When I got requests to go to Brazil, Australia, and Germany, though they sounded so exciting, I knew I just couldn’t do it all. The past year I’ve been dreaming up the Beginner Photography Video Workshop, and I’m so happy to announce, that it’s HERE!!!

Beginner Photography Video

This beginner workshop is based off of my book, Say NO to Auto. Though it would be ideal to have a group setting with questions and answers like my LIVE workshops, I’ve included commonly asked questions into this video, that often came up at my workshops. The benefit of the video over the workshop is that it’s YOURS TO KEEP after it’s over, and you can watch it again as a refresher, or rewind a part that didn’t quite click.  As always, I’m open to email questions at any time!

Watch this little one minute video to find out all about it (and please ignore that my eyes are wandering, I’m not an actress, I had to read to get some things just right!) Promise, the workshop is all about me staring into your eyes (via the camera lens) as if we are having a one on one conversation. Except, it’s just me doing all the talking.

If you don’t have a digital SLR camera, not sure what that means, or looking to upgrade your camera body, read my post on How to Decide What Camera to Buy.

This video is the basics. I believe it’s important to understand the very basics before jumping into a full-on, exhaustive workshop (as you might find other places online). I think trying to learn too much all at once can be overwhelming. For those that have never taken the switch off of AUTO, you may find these beginner 3 steps in the Say NO to Auto video to be intimidating at first. But you are in good hands, be patient with yourself and the process of learning and practicing after the workshop is over.

What’s in the Video?

  • How to find the right buttons to push on your camera
  • Aperture (f-stop)
  • Shutter speed
  • ISO
  • Lighting, examples
  • Lens suggestions
  • flashes of each page of my Say NO to Auto e-book within the video

What is not in the video?

  • This is not a business workshop. We will not be discussing how to start a business.
  • We won’t go over advanced editing techniques with Photoshop. It is important to get it right in the camera first.
  • We will not discuss flash, strobe, or backdrop setups.
  • Though the pages of the e-book flash across the video screen, the download for the e-book is a separate  purchase


I charge $150 a seat for my LIVE Say NO to Auto Workshops. The downloadable VIDEO workshop sells for $60.  The pages of the e-book are embedded in the video, but some like to purchase the e-book separately to study when away from the video.

After the purchase of the VIDEO, you can stream it live, or download it on any tablet, or computer. The additional e-book purchase is a PDF, and can also be saved on those devices.  (If you’d like the printed version of Say NO to Auto or the e-book in a format easy to print as jpg’s, CLICK HERE). After clicking on the video or e-book option below, it will take you to a new page. Then click on the  “I Want This” button to purchase. If you have issues on one internet platform downloading, try another.

*If you already have the book, Say NO to Auto and feel comfortable shooting on manual settings, you won’t need this video. I use the book as my guide as I offer some extra details that are not in the book. If you have the book and something isn’t quite clicking, the video may be helpful as I’m explaining it in more detail.

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***Because of the digital nature of this product, there are no refunds. This is a digital download, not a mailed disc.

VIDEO=$60                      PDF e-book=$10

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I sent this workshop video to a handful people from all different photography backgrounds. Very beginner, Intermediate levels, even a few professionals to get their feedback. I also sent it to people who attended my LIVE workshop, so you can hear from their perspective how this video helped them.

from the beginners:

The Say NO to Auto video workshop really made everything”click” for me!  I had TONS of pages printed off google from other resources, and it was so nice to have all the info, clear as day, in one easy to watch spot!  It really is what taught me how to shoot in Manual settings. 

Jessica~ Kailua, HI 

I’ve had beginner DSLRs for a couple years, but have never been confident enough to shoot in manual mode. Usually I shoot in Auto or Av mode.  This video truly helped me to get a good grasp of the three important aspects of shooting in manual. For some reason, even though I’ve read various articles, links, and blog posts, as well as my camera manual, I still haven’t gotten a handle on manual mode just by reading about it. Having the audio and a real person explaining makes a big difference!

Blair~Corpus Christi, TX

I loved how simply Kristen explained things – I have read SO many tutorials, and there have been a couple of things that just haven’t clicked for me.  Mostly about shutter speed.  It clicked today!  I had my camera sitting here with me, and did things along with Kristen.  THIS video is great!  

Kristin~Junction, Utah

Intermediate level:

I wanted to tell you how much I loved watching your “Say No to Auto” video workshop.  I went to your workshop a couple of years ago, and I thought I had incorporated most of the elements of the course into my shooting, but as I watched the digital workshop I realized how much I had learned at the time, and have forgotten since then. I don’t shoot as often as I like, so it is awesome to be able to go back and review after long stretches of not breaking the camera out of my bag. Thanks for putting this together, I look forward to taking my photography to the next level!   

Travis~Tucson, Arizona

My husband and son surprised me with my SLR camera in May and I challenged myself to shoot entirely in manual mode, so I immediately got online and ordered the book, Say No to Auto.   I love the book as a reference point and return to it over and over again (I carry it in my camera bag). Watching the video gave me the opportunity to hold my camera in my hands and practice changing settings and finding the correct buttons at the same time. I love that I can learn about my camera while wearing pajamas!

Stephanie~Scott City, KS

The whole “manual setting thing” has always been confusing and intimidating to me, and to have someone SHOW me how to do something was very helpful. I really liked watching YOU on the video.  You were very clear and easy to understand.

Julie~Banks, Oregon


No fooling around with a lot of photography jargon, just good information in a simple format. I think the video workshop is a good addition to the book because there are more details and information. I love that with the video download, I am  able to watch as many times as I want!

Aline, Kaehler Photo~Curitiba, Brazil

I had some knowledge of shooting in manual when I attended the Say No to Auto workshop in March of 2011.  After attending the workshop, my prior knowledge was reinforced but my biggest a ha moment was learning the “rule” of number of people and your aperture settings. That was huge for me.  The book was a fantastic resource tool for many months afterwards.  I have now had a very successful photography business for almost 3 years.  I highly recommend taking Kristen’s workshop, ebooks, and her video to start learning how you can take amazing pictures with your own camera.  I definitely think if I just watched the video I would definitely have learned just as much.

Brandie Kennedy Photography~Austin, Texas

I bought your book a while back and it was very helpful for when I first started out.  The video definitely helped cement important points of photography.  Everything was set out in a methodical, clear manner. I think it is a wonderful product. As a intermediate/advanced photographer I didn’t really learn anything new, because I’ve felt comfortable in my understanding of the settings after practicing for a few years. My 70 year old father-in-law was sitting next to me when I was watching, and I saw the lights go on as he watched.  He has been photographing in auto for years.

Ruby-Jane Photography~Johannesburg, South Africa

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