I was so excited with the opportunity because I am now at the point where I just need to figure out how my camera works. Since I started blogging I have upgraded 3 times with my camera and each time I saw a big difference in my photos. But I am now at the point where it is either learn how to really use my camera or settle with the pictures I am getting. I shoot with a cannon rebel t3i and shot almost entirely with my kit lens 18-55mm f/3.5-5.5 before reading the e-book. I rarely used my 50mm f/1.4 lens that I had spent so much money on. I just never seemed to fully understand the lens so there it sat. I never used manual mode to shoot in and certainly never used it to focus with. I guess you could say I was completely scared of manual mode.
The first time I sat down to read the e-book Photography for Bloggers I picked up on a lot of her tips and tricks as far as photographing indoors and how to set up a scene for photographing handmade items. Then the next time I sat down to read the book I decided to finally dive into the camera settings section. I grabbed my camera and read through it more in depth. I would read a little then actually try it with my camera. Lo and behold I could actually see the differences between each photo when changing the settings. It was amazing how much I better understood my camera and its settings just by doing this. I highly recommend you doing it as well. Of course I had to read and re-read the e-book a few more times before I finally got to the point where I felt comfortable with all of the settings and remembered what they all did. In the e-book Vanessa also shares tips on editing and uploading photos to the web. Again, I played around with this a bit. I uploaded a picture how I normally would and then a picture edited and resized how she states to in the e-book and what a huge difference!
I now shoot in manual mode with my 50mm f/1.4 lens all of the time and I have seen a huge improvement in my photos. You may not have noticed as much as I have because you are not closely looking for it and critiquing them, but trust me there is a huge difference. What I love most about the book is that Vanessa writes in a way so that I can understand all of the photography terminology. Plus she shows lots of examples throughout the book on how to get the best natural lighting. She not only tells you how to use natural light and ways to reflect it, but also shows you exactly how she sets it up. For a hands-on/visual type of girl that I am seeing those pictures made a world of a difference to me. I honestly cannot tell you how much just reading the e-book has greatly improved my photographing skills…just see for yourselves. Below are two pictures. The first one was taken before reading the e-book and the second picture was taken after reading the e-book.
Big difference isn’t it? Vanessa has been kind enough to give away one copy of her Photography for Bloggers e-book to one lucky winner. To enter, just enter the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!