Say NO! to Auto~The e-book!

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This is the original version of the e-book, for the updated e-book, see the info on the sidebar.

{If you are interested in my traveling beginners workshop based on this e-book or online skype mentoring, CLICK HERE for more info}

  I am so excited to announce that I am selling the books that I’ve created for my workshop, right here from my site.  This is a mini book the size of 4×6 pictures.  By purchasing the e-book, you will get emailed the jpg files of this book.  I recommend sending it to a local lab and printing it (just $2.20 at Sams Club) but you can also print at your home computer on paper.  I had mine spiral bound for another $2.  It is small enough to fit in your camera bag so that you can take it with you on excursions and pull it out for pointers. The basis for the book is all in the title:


Say No! to Auto:  3 basic steps to understanding manual 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.  I want to make it affordable to everyone, so selling the e-book for just $10.  It is 18-4×6 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.  This is an e-book, so you can print it 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}

Here are a few pages that I’ve blurred;)

  Lots of examples like the shot below with descriptions of the light and the settings I used.

*I have had some interest in the outline as to what I would speak about at my workshop, so if you are also interested in that 22 page notebook in addition to this mini book, contact me.  It basically talks about finding the best light, lenses and camera gear, posing for candid and smiley shots, and some basic photoshop techniques with screen shots.   The notebook is priced at $25 for the 22 pages.

{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}

*Edited to add:  For reviews from those that have purchased the e-book, CLICK  HERE.  Workshop and skype mentoring info CLICK HERE.

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

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  1. I just clicked “buy now” and I’m looking forward to the e-book!

  2. I just bought the e-book, but I would be interested in the additional 28 page notebook as well, what would I have to do to get my hands on that? I wish I lived by you so I could take your workshop.

  3. Abbie Oberhauser says:

    Where did you get it bound? Also, I would be interested in the 28 page notes.

  4. I’m excited for your workshop!!!

  5. Yea! So excited, I will be purchasing this for sure!

  6. Just paid for the e-book and can’t wait to dive in. I also would love the 28 pg notebook. Just let me know what I need to do.

  7. i too would be interested in the 28 page notes to go along with the book….thanks!

  8. I just bought it! I’m so excited. I just have a basic camera so it’ll be good to learn how to take better photos on it. 🙂

  9. Actually I’m going to be giving it as a gift to someone, since I think I have the wrong camera. But it will still be fabulous!

  10. Such a great idea! I could really use the help! Thank you.

  11. I just got mine too – cant wait to see it

  12. Would love to understand my camera settings better. Will probably purchase it if I am not lucky enough to win!

  13. What a great giveaway!

  14. At last! I wouldn’t feel as though I might as well be using a point-and-shoot instead of spending the money on my slr!

  15. Would love, LOVE these tips! If I don’t win, I will probably buy anyway. I’ve played around with it…but don’t really understand what I’m doing. Thanks!

  16. Donna Anderson says:

    I just purchased the e-book and am not sure what to do now in order to get it. I would also be interested in the 28-page notebook. Looking forward to learning with you!

  17. I too would be interested in your additional notes as well.

  18. Kelly Conner says:

    Looks like it would be a great book! Thanks!

  19. Would love to say no to Auto!

  20. Love that! I especially love that you made it so cute looking! You are the best! I love to learn from you!

  21. I love that you made it so cute! Great job! You always have the best and most helpful photography tips. You are a natural teacher!

  22. Karen Campbell says:

    I just purchased the ebook and would definitely be interested in the additional 28 pg notebook. Can’t wait to learn more about using my camera! Thanks!

  23. I’d love to win a copy of your ebook! We’ve had a DSLR for 2 years now and I’m still on auto. I KNOW I can get better pictures of my 2 precious boys, but just don’t know how! Thanks!

  24. I really need this for my poor daddy! He has a new Nikon and he is totally afraid to take it off of auto but can’t figure out why he can’t get good pictures of my niece playing basketball in a poorly lit gym. Help!

  25. I really need this for my poor daddy! He has a new Nikkon and he is afraid to take it off of auto but can’t figure out why he can’t get any good pictures of my niece playing basketball. HELP!

  26. I wanna play! I would love to ditch Auto!

  27. Bernadette says:

    Just purchased the ebook – so excited!!! I am interested in the 28 page of notes! Wish I was closer to attend your workshop – I’m a Jersey girl!

  28. Bernadette says:

    Just purchased the ebook and I am really interested in your additional notes!

  29. WOW what a great little book to have.. I want one of these for sure

  30. What a great little book.. I want one of these for sure

  31. just paid for the ebook…..would LOVE the 28-page notes as well!

  32. just paid for the e-book. would love the 28-page notes as well!

  33. I would love to win this book but if not, I will buy several for my daughter and daughters-in-law.

  34. Hi! I loveeeeeeeeeee your site and will be buying this e-book! I’m interested int he 28 page outline as well. Thanks much!

  35. Just bought your e-book and I am so excited to get off auto! Not sure how to access it though. I am also interested in the 28 page notebook.

  36. Me too! I am definitely interested in your class notes!

  37. Me%20too!%20%20I%20am%20definitely%20interested%20in%20your%20class%20notes!

  38. I am going to be ordering this, I Love it, and I would love to have additional 28 page notebook. Cant wait to have a date with my camera!!!

  39. I would love to learn more about my carmera! Would you be able to either post or email the table of contents? I would like to see what it is all about first. I would also be interested in the 28 page notebook too.

  40. I just bought the book and would love the notes! Thanks again!

  41. I would love to win one! I am trying to say no to auto, but tend to get frustrated. Can’t wait to see all of your great ideas!

  42. nicki glenn says:

    I would LOVE to have this. I think this is what I’ve been looking for to teach me more about how to use my SLR.

  43. jenn Krause says:

    the picture with settings layout is a great idea.I am a visual learner and that makes more sense

  44. Because I am not able to be there in person to glean from your knowledge and experience…i am excited to have the opportunity to learn as much as I can…besides then I can read it as many times as I may need to…Thanks for giving me the chance to win!

  45. I was just talking about being scared to use my new camera with a friend, THIS evening! And then found you’re website. Thanks!

  46. I purchased this wonderful book on the 2nd – when will I receive the jpeg files. I’m really excited to get this printed.

  47. Just found your email – it had gone to my junk email – yeah…I’m so excited.

  48. Hi Kristen! I bought the book and I have been playing around with it quite a bit. I definitely notice a difference in the colors when I take a picture in auto mode vs not! I have a Nikon D3000 so the settings are a little different from the Canon. I know I will figure it out but I love the handy dandy guide your book gives!! thanks, andrea!

  49. Hi!

    I’d love to know more about your e-book. I saw about this on the Idea Room. I am not sure if I have an SLR camera or not. What exactly is an SLR camera? Do I have to have one in order to use the e-book? Also, does your e-book cover how to take pictures inside (in regular light bulb light and/or with light from the windows in a dim room)? That seems to be a major challenge for me right now.

    Thank you so much! I love your website!

  50. Would be interested in the book as well

  51. You should know…Becky Higgins sent me….and I ordered it soooooooooooo immediately b/c I so am dying for something like this. Thanks. (The order will come thru under gsmith657@xxxxx because I used hubbys email account)

  52. I just bought the e-book but am also interested in the 28 page workshop book. I live too far away to make it to your workshop 🙂 Thanks!

  53. Becky Higgins sent me too 🙂 I just ordered mine tonight, I SO need something like this. I would also love to know more about the 28 page workshop book.
    Thank you!!

  54. Just ordered, cant wait to read it!

  55. I just ordered today– but I’m really hoping it doesn’t take 24 hours to get my copy of the e-book. Snapfish is having a sale through today only of 15% off and free shipping– and they do spiral binding of prints– so I can print the pages and get them bound at the same time. Here’s hoping I get my copy fast!

  56. Kristen:
    Never mind!!!! found the e-book!!!! :0) thanks for sending it the same day I ordered!!!! :0)

  57. Samantha Conover says:

    I purchased you e-book on Feb 28th and it hasn’t come through to my email yet. I did check my spam folder and it’s not there either. Thanks in advance! Can’t wait to read it!

  58. Thanks so much, just bought your e-book. I’m an Aussie, so there’s NO chance I can ever attend your workshop. Could you please send me more info about your 28 page workbook?? Thanks again, can’t wait to stay off auto!!

  59. Just ordered your e-book and am so excited to sever my addiction to auto! I’m also interested in the 28 page workbook. Could you send me info about it? THX!! 🙂

  60. Hi Kristen!
    I just purchased your e-book and would love to get your 28 page notebook as well. Thanks for your help. Can’t wait to get started! Love your blog!


  61. I want to buy the e book and the workshop notes. Please let me know the details. I am such a beginner it’s not even funny. Thanks for sharing your talent. I love your work. I am in Phoenix and my DIL in Houston would also love to attend a workshop. Let me know if you ever get to those cities.

  62. When printing do I turn off “in-Club color correction”? Thanks

  63. Christina says:

    I found you through The Idea Room and so glad I did! I’ve already consulted my “Say NO!” ebook more than once. Thanks! You put everything into simple terms I can understand and use. So helpful 🙂

  64. Tandy Liebhardt says:

    So… I’m going to buy this book… tomorrow… or later today because it’s almost 2 a.m. But I wanted to tell you that I love your pictures and am excited to be able to learn how to better use my camera in a quicker, easier way!
    Also… I love the pictures of Jonah. Jen is my half-sister, and I miss seeing her, so it was a treat to see the shot of her with Jonah. She’s beautiful… and he’s ADORABLE!
    Okay… I’m excited to say NO! to auto! Wish me luck!

  65. Hi Kristen, I just purchased your e-book! I am excited about using it this weekend. I am not sure if you somehow automatically receive my email address once the payment goes thru, so I thought I would leave a comment so you would have it that way as well. Thanks!

  66. Stacy King says:

    I just purchased your ebook. I have deactivated the email account that was on my PayPal account. Could you please email it to:

    Looking forward to your tips and thank you,


  67. I purchased your E-book a few hours ago how long does it take to go through?

  68. I am interested in your 22 page notebook in addition to this mini book! I LOVE your title, “Say NO to Auto”. It is exactly what I have been looking into, and I am so excited to devour your information. Thanks for sharing!

  69. I’m so excited to read the whole thing! I just changed one setting already and am in LOVE with the results!! Thanks so much.

  70. Can’t wait to check out your book! I just purchased it and will be obsessively checking my email for it!

  71. Hi! I just found your site through the Little Miss Momma blog. I am going to purchase this mini book, and am interested in the full 22 page book as well. Do you have any plans to visit the Boston area for a workshop. Thanks!

  72. I found your blog through little Miss Momma and am loving the idea of the ebook. Sounds like just what I need as a guide and reference.

  73. Robynn Y says:

    I just purchased your book (thanks Becky Higgins for the referral) but it never asked me for an email to send it to, just took my credit card information. How do I get this book?

  74. Ooooh. This is possibly the most fabulous thing ever. I have a DSLR, but I’m most definitely an amateur photographer (if even that 🙂 ha!) LMM directed me here.. Of course I hope I win, but even if I don’t I need this! It’s a goal of mine to learn how to use my camera and this seems like the perfect way to do so!

  75. Question: where did you get it spiral bounded?


  76. Would love to know more about the extra 28 pages too. Binding can be done at most office supply place and or Fed-ex/Kinkos. I got a family genealogy book bound there a few years ago. Has held up really well.

  77. I just bought the mini book and I can’t wait to get it in my email! I would also be interested in more information on the larger book as well!

  78. I just purchased your e-book also! I can’t wait. My hubby is purchasing me a new camera for my anniversary. I tell you, I am dying to get my hands on the baby. I am eager to learn everything. I wish I lived near you to take your workshops. Thanks so much for making this book!!! Your work is awesome!!!

  79. I was in the middle of downloading your e-book, when my computer shut down. I got an e-mail that the payment went through (with paypal). But I am not sure how to get the e-book. Please let me know how. I am very excited for this. Thanks so much.

  80. Rebecca Zentz says:

    Just purchased it tonight and I’m way excited! I love my camera but I want better pictures!

  81. Stephanie Campbell says:

    Hi, I purchased your Say No to Auto book a couple of months ago and I’m just now having the time to have it printed and spiral bound at Wal-Mart. But what is this 22 or 28 page notebook everyone else is talking about? I would be interested in additional tips…

  82. I do wish you had the spiral bound version for sale as well (even if for a more expensive price!). I would definitely purchase – love your photos. If you ever do offer the book for sale as a book, please email!

  83. Hi Kristen, I bought your E-book yesterday. I can’t find any downloadlink, is that correct or am I doing something wrong? 🙂


  84. I purchased the e-book and received the Paypal confirmation that I’ve paid but now how do I get the e-book?

  85. Hello Kristen,
    I loveee your photography! I own a Canon eos500 and I was wondering if your book can help me with this camera;) Also I’m from Holland, and I’ve never purchased something with paypal or from the US. So I hope I can figure that out!

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  91. nicole Decarlo says:

    Hello, I purchased the printed copy of “Say No To Auto” a few weeks ago and am just wondering when it might be shipped out? I’m sorry to post on here, but can’t find any other way to contact you. Thanks so much! I’m so looking forward to receiving it!!!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Nicole, I believe I emailed you the day before yesterday, they are shipped out once a week, and sent yesterday, you will get it soon!


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