Get Focused: 12 creative tips & techniques to bring your photography to a higher level

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It’s here!  Book #2, the follow up to Say NO to Auto.  I’m so excited for this to debut.

This book is for those individuals who feel comfortable shooting in manual settings and are ready to move onto the next step.  Inside, you will learn how to get tack sharp images, and expand your creativity along the way.

Get Focused  is geared towards the photographer who wants to better understand the focusing functions on their camera. In this book, I talk about why different lenses are better for some situations, varying creative methods to get blur in the foreground or background, & camera functions and settings that work best in certain situations. Lots of picture examples, which include my settings and which lens I used for each image. It is also color coded, with each tip a different color to better seperate the ideas for you.  I loved the mini book idea so much that I did the same for this–easy to place in your camera bag and take along with you. 20 mini pages=5 full pages packed full of info. $12 for the e-copy; $22 for the printed copy.


Here is one of the pages blurred:  Here is an exerpt from the beginning of this book:

In beginner photography, you are trying to avoid blurry out of focus images: the dreaded camera shake blur that comes from too slow of a shutter speed, and not understanding how to compensate for that. By learning how to control your manual settings, you begin to understand how to avoid that unintentional blur.

In intermediate photography, you begin to want to learn how to achieve creative blur or depth of field by having something in the foreground or the background blurred.  This is a different kind of blur, an intentional artistic move that comes from understanding varying focusing principles.  I’ve come up with 12 tips and techniques to help guide you and your photography to a higher level; let’s begin our journey!

To purchase the printed copy (or the e-book immediate download) CLICK HERE or click on the link on my sidebar.

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  1. I want this! I´ll give myself a deadline: I have to be proficient in book #1 by the end of Feb, then I can give myself this one + a skype session. 😀
    Starting my week very happy here!

  2. So excited to purchase this next book!

  3. This is SO exciting! I can’t wait to get a copy of it! You are pretty amazing friend!

  4. way to go!

  5. Hi!

    Can you give me some advice on a camera? I’m not looking to go pro, just to take good photos of my kiddos (I have a 2 year old and due with my second in less than a month!). Any advice would be much appreciated! I plan on purchasing your first book too 🙂

  6. How exciting! Your first book has been on my wish list and now I have another book to add to my list.

    I am wondering, with a second book is a second workshop in the works??? I was hoping to make it to Newark but it’s not looking so hopeful at the moment. Thanks for all your inspiration!

  7. Just got it! Your books are the best and I can’t wait to get this one printed and learn even more. Thanks for taking the time to do this for those of us that aren’t quite “there” yet!

  8. I love your books! I look forward to purchasing this book a soon as I get paid on Tuesday! Your directions and easy to follow books make it a breeze to learn and I really appreciate that!

  9. Very exciting! I may have to ask for it for Valentine’s Day1

  10. Hi! I just purchased book no.1 on the weekend and TOTALLY love it! Switching to manual doesn’t seem so hard, now that you have explained it in a language I can understand 🙂 I plan on purchasing book no.2 once I have a good grasp on book no.1.
    Thank you for producing these books and making them affordable!!
    Your Australian Friend,

  11. Yay so excited to get this one!!!

  12. This looks great! I get frustrated when my camera auto focuses on the wrong thing, so it would be great if I were better at fixing that.

    I do have a question — the thing that got me to purchase your first book was the bit where you pointed out where the relevant buttons are on Nikons. Is there something like that in this book?

  13. I have Say No to Auto & LOVE it & I have learned so much from it! I am happy to say I can ONLY use Manual and feel really strange if I actually go to another setting now! I can only bet this would be the awesome next step to my journey with photography!

  14. Barrett Klein says:

    I absolutely loved this book! Kristen does a great job of keeping it simple while getting some great techniques explained! Highly recommend it! =)

  15. I am trying to buy the ebook Get Focused, and am having issues. Is there anyway to download the ebook without going through Facebook or Pinterest?



  16. Rebecca Landreth says:

    Just purchased both of your books. I am anxious to begin reading them! 😉

  17. Hi Kristen,

    Just a quick note to say how amazingly awesome (Is that even a thing?) your site is! I’m a working photographer in the DFW area always looking to see what’s up and what’s new. Your work and your advice is not only quite informative and useful, but inspiring and motivating. Thanks for all the effort you put into this site and all the help you provide those who are trying to get their game on. You’re a rockstar!


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