I have taken several photography courses and tried to read my camera manual, but I still struggle to use all the manual functions on my camera. I have mentioned here how I have a camera that let’s me cheat a little bit. But, the cheating is over. I want the best possible photographs and I need to embrace manual photography to get them.
I was honored to meet Kristen Duke in person at the Haven Conference last year. I scrambled after the keynote to get a front row seat in Kristen’s class, which focused on interior and DIY project photography. (Read about what I learned here.)
I am so happy to spread the word about Kristen’s NEW video workshop!!!
In less time than it takes to watch an hour-long TV show, I finally learned how to put all the pieces together!
Kristen’s Say No To Auto Video Workshop strengthens her already popular Say No To Auto Book. Now, in addition to her simple, but thorough book, her video provides a visual way to connect with Kristen for deeper understanding.
It’s like hanging out with Kristen in her office and chatting about photography!
I do not shoot with one of the popular Nikon or Canon cameras. My camera is different, but the three principles Kristen emphasizes in her video are universal.
This One Tip Finally Made Everything Click
One of my key takeaways from the video workshop, was the exact order to set your manual settings. I never knew the order mattered, but it totally makes sense now. I was doing everything backwards before. Seriously, knowing this one tip makes manual so much easier!
What Settings to Use for Individual and Group Portraits
I also love how Kristen plays to her strengths as a portrait photographer. Portraits are my biggest weak spot. I want to photograph my kids better. We got our first DSLR when my oldest was just an infant. Then we promptly got very frustrated that most of our pictures did not turn out. We were trying to use the manual settings, but didn’t have the know how we needed. I wish I had Kristen’s video back then!
We have sinced changed cameras and I shoot exclusively on manual…but mostly inanimate objects. My interior photography has improved greatly, while my portrait and candid photography has remained poor. I like how Kristen shares some important tips for capturing individual and group photos in manual mode!
Quickly Improve Your Photography
This is the best 37 minutes you can spend to improve your photography! Learn more about what is in the video lesson here.
Kristen has been traveling the country teaching her Say No To Auto method in live workshops. A seat in one of her workshops is $150. You can get the same great material in her new video workshop for only $60. And, the best part is you can watch it over and over if you need a refresher.
Kristen is offering all Teal & Lime readers $10 off the Say No To Auto Video Workshop. Use code tealandlime10 at checkout. Get your video today!
Disclosure: Kristen gave me a free copy of the Say No to Auto Video Workshop to review. The opinions in this post, and admissions about photography weaknesses, are all mine.
James Taunton says
Are there any workshops going on near me in Taunton, Somerset?
James, For more details on the in person workshops visit Kristen’s site here.
Nicole Baker-Wagner says
Thanks for sharing this Jackie! I am excited to learn more about photography for my shop, and I hope to take a video workshop or class from her soon.
Nicole, Kristen’s tips will definitely help for your shop photography. Also, be sure to check out her library of photography tips on her site.