Kristen Duke’s, “Say No to Auto” 3 Basic Steps To Understanding Manual Camera Settings

I have a huge passion for photography.  I have not studied photography in any formal sense and I am mostly self-taught.  I have had the opportunity to learn a lot from great photographers and from books, tutorials, and online resources.  I was recently given the opportunity to review Kristen Duke’s, “Say No to Auto” 3 Basic Steps To Understanding Manual Camera Settings.  I know through other photography related give-aways here on Mommy Ramblings, that many of you are just getting into photography.  I know using manual setting on your camera can be intimidating for a novice, but if you really want to take your passion to the next level, you need to understand and master manual settings.

Kristen’s book is a very concise spiral bound 17 page guide to understanding why and how to use the manual settings on your camera.  She takes you through the three basic steps to understanding manual settings: determine your ISO, identify your aperture, and adjust your shutter speed.  Through the next few pages of the book, she guides you through the things you need to identify to adjust these settings for the perfect shot.  While you are learning this book is a great resource that you can carry in your camera bag for a refresher any time you need it.  For instance page 6 lists 13 different situations and the ISO that would be best for that shot.  Then she will help you learn to adjust your aperture based on how many people are in the shot.  This is an easy way to understand this setting that can seem confusing when most of the explanations you will find on determining aperture, highlight the size of the lens opening.  Kristen guides you through the aperture settings in an easy to comprehend way and also has a quick guide that you can use while learning.  Last, she tackles how to adjust your shutter speed.  Then there are photo examples of different settings in multiple lighting situations you will encounter.  The visual examples clearly illustrate how the manual settings used produced the photo shown.

I really feel this short book provides the essential keys to determining how to adjust your manual setting in an easy to understand format.  Even the person who has never shot in manual will feel ready to tackle the challenge.  This book makes an excellent stocking stuffer for the aspiring photographer or goes great with a gift of a new DSLR Camera.  Mommy Ramblings is adding this helpful book to our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide.

Kristen Duke is sponsoring a give-away on Mommy Ramblings.  One lucky blog reader will win their own copy of, “Say No To Auto” 3 Basic Steps To Understanding Manual Camera Settings.  Thank you Kristen Duke for the review book and for sponsoring this awesome give-away on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US and Canadian residents.

“Say No To Auto” 3 Basic Steps To Understanding Manual Camera Settings Book by Kristen Duke Give-Away on Mommy Ramblings Rules:

Mandatory Entry– Let me know your greatest challenge when shooting in manual.  Leave your answer as a comment on this blog post.  (If this entry is not done, all others will be deleted.)

Extra Entries: (make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry or they will not count)

1. Like Mommy Ramblings on Facebook, and leave me a comment here that you did.

2.Like Kristen Duke Photography on Facebook, leave a comment on their wall about this give-away and leave me a comment here that you did

3. Follow Mommy Ramblings on Twitter, and leave me a comment here that you did with your Twitter name.

4. Follow Mommy Ramblings by email, and leave me a comment here that you did.

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6. Rate Mommy Ramblings on Top Mommy Blogs (button is on the side of our blog) and leave me a comment here that you did.  Can only be done once per give-away.

7. Write a review for Mommy Ramblings on Alexa.com (button is on our blog right under the We’re on the Fence button) and leave me a comment here that you did.  Can only be done once per give-away.

8. Tweet this give-away on Twitter and leave me a comment here that you did with your Twitter name. You can do this once a day, just make sure and leave a comment each time you do.

9. Like Blueberry Hill Photography on Facebook and leave me a comment here that you did.

Good Luck Everyone!!!  Give Away Ends December 14th at 12am EST.   Winner will be selected by Random.org.

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49 responses to “Kristen Duke’s, “Say No to Auto” 3 Basic Steps To Understanding Manual Camera Settings

  1. jennifer c.

    my biggest challange shooting in manual is figuring out the perfect balance for a crisp shot and no blurr when shooting multiple kids….and using a low f/stop

  2. jennifer c.

    liked mommy rambling on facebook

  3. jennifer c.

    liked Kristen Duke on facebook

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    follow MR by email

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    liked blueberry hill photography on facebook

  6. Jessica C.

    I’d say everything is a challenge, but the greatest challenge I have is knowing how to properly set it to take clear pictures for differing scenes. It takes me way to long to find the right balance, that I get frustrated and back to auto I go.

  7. Jessica C.

    I like Mommy Ramblings on Facebook

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    I follow Mommy Ramblings on Twitter Eat_Cake_

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    I follow Mommy Ramblings by e-mail

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    Voted picket fence 11/27

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    Rated you on Top Mommy blog

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  14. Ashley

    Wow, right now setting the correct ISO is my biggest challenge. I either don’t set it high enough or I set it to low. Hopefully this book will help! Thanks for the chance!
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  15. Ashley

    Like Mommy Ramblings on Facebook(AshleyHatten)
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  16. Ashley

    Like Kristen Duke Photography on Facebook, (AshleyHatten)
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  17. Ashley

    Follow Mommy Ramblings on Twitter @shuggysmommy and I also wrote on Kristin Duke’s wall here: https://www.facebook.com/kristendukephotography/posts/10150478275885907
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  18. Ashley

    picket fence vote!
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  19. Ashley

    I voted (gave your blog a boost) on top mommy blogs
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  20. Ashley

    tweet!
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  21. M&M

    My biggest challenge is getting the pictures to not be so dark

  22. M&M

    I like mommy ramblings on fb.

  23. M&M

    I like kristen duke photography on fb.

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    I follow mommy ramblings on twitter @smrlovingrl.

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    I follow mommy ramblings emails.

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    Voted Picket Fence Blog 11/28/2011

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    Tweeted @SmrLovinGrl 11/28/2011

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    Reviewed alexa.com

  29. M&M

    I like blueberry hill photography on fb.

  30. Jessica C.

    voted picket fence 11/28

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    Daily tweet 11/28 Eat_Cake_

  32. ammaka

    My biggest problem with shooting in manual mode is figuring out which ISO I can use without getting a lot of noise in the pictures.

  33. ammaka

    Voted on Picket Fence 11/28

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  36. Ashley

    voted for you on picket fence today!
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  38. Ashley

    I tweeted @shuggysmommy
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    THANKS!!

  39. M&M

    Voted Picket Fence Blog 11/29/2011

  40. M&M

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  41. ammaka

    Voted on Picket Fence 11/29

  42. Ashley

    voted on picket fence today!
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  43. Ashley

    voted on top mommy blogs today 🙂
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  44. Ashley

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