I heart Photography Concentrate

Hi, my name is Stasha and I am cheap.

Kind of anyway. I don’t mind spending on gadgets and chocolate, but I always think that I can do things on my own when it comes to service. I have been known to highlight my hair, clean my carpets, unblock the toilet and scale my dog’s teeth. Some with better results then others. Let me just say my son is lucky he has no cavities. And I now find time to go to hairdressers every six weeks.

It is not necessarily money that I am trying to save. But since I have become a stay at home mom I try to do it all. Guilt I suppose… So when I first started learning about photography you could find me on Youtube at 3 AM watching videos of strange men talking about aperture and tutorials on how to edit brown eyes to appear more vivid.

I have come a long way since, mostly due to my insomnia and perseverance. But if I could do it all again I would start by clicking here :


then also downloading this:

super photo editing skills
and skipping a few lattes a month to pay for both tutorials. Sometimes you really do have to spend a little to save a lot.

Why? Because time is precious and if you know how to set up your camera to take photos the way you want early on, your photography journey will be so much more fun. Not to mention the time you will save by editing them efficiently.

Rob and Lauren share our passion for photography. They talk about it in a simple and easy to understand way and their love for it is contagious. Their website is packed with free advice and great blog posts about their equipment, experiences and even failures. I just really like them, that is all. And if you visit their blog you will see why.

Now for a special treat: Here is a chance for you to win an Extremely essential Camera skills tutorial (valued at $50):


To enter

leave a comment telling me which of the freebies on Photography Concentrate you simply must have right now.

If you cannot choose one, that is OK too. I downloaded them all…

For an extra entry you can tell me which of their Top 10 posts of 2011 was your favorite.

If you have done both I will let you enter again by leaving another comment. About anything you want, presumably my greatness.

Disclaimer: This is NOT a paid review. I have purchased both these tutorials and fell in love with them without anyone twisting my arm. Lauren offered me one to give away so you all can take amazing photos just like me her. After telling everyone about how great Photo Concentrate is I became an affiliate today. Because I am a slow learner. But that is OK. In the end I just really wanted you to have as much fun taking pictures as I do.

Very official rules: Anyone can enter, as long as you are old enough to type a comment. I will close this giveaway on Tuesday, 3rd of January next year, 9PM Pacific time. Winner will be chosen by a WP plugin randomly and notified via email. Good luck.


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  1. [email protected] Wants This December 29, 2011 at 19:21 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    I clearly need a tutorial on extremely essential camera skills!! What an awesome giveaway!
    [email protected] Wants This recently posted..Letter From a One Year Old

  2. Runnermom-jen December 29, 2011 at 20:27 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    This is awesome, Stasha! I’ve never heard of this site before…so thank you for introducing me to it. For the freebie, it would have to be the camera buying guide, since I’m drooling over new cameras right now 😉
    Runnermom-jen recently posted..Merry Christmas!!!

  3. Bruna December 29, 2011 at 20:27 #

    Twitter: beeswithhoney
    I need both Camera Skills and Super Photo Editing Skills. Taking better pics and learning how to better edit them are essential when taking pics of your own children :) Plus, I need something else to do in my free time other than blogging. Hee hee!
    Bruna recently posted..from on-line buddies to real life friends

  4. Runnermom-jen December 29, 2011 at 20:30 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    My favorite post of theirs was the Taking Crappy Photos one. I take so many crappy photos, it’s nice to see that professionals don’t always get perfect shots too :)
    Runnermom-jen recently posted..Merry Christmas!!!

  5. Bruna December 29, 2011 at 20:32 #

    Twitter: beeswithhoney
    I liked the Shoot Before Their Gone post of 2011. It made me think of my grandparents and how much I wished I had more pics of them and I together for memories and to show to my kids. It also makes me want to take more pics of my own parents AND get myself into pics with my kids more because I’m usually the one taking the pics and never in any of them. So there you go! LOL
    Bruna recently posted..from on-line buddies to real life friends

  6. Bruna December 29, 2011 at 20:33 #

    Twitter: beeswithhoney
    As for YOUR photography Stasha, you know I think you rock at it. I love how you capture the innocence and beauty of your son and the WOW factor you capture in all other photos you share with us. You already know I think you’re awesome :))
    Bruna recently posted..from on-line buddies to real life friends

  7. [email protected] December 29, 2011 at 20:35 #

    Cool site, cool giveaway. I’m not the resident photographer around here, but I’d love to win the tutorial for my husband who is up at 3 am looking at photography and editing tutorials while wearing headphones. I sleep by computer light. I think the shy photographers guide would be good for me because I’m often hurrying him up while he takes his time trying to get the shot.
    [email protected] recently posted..Stream of Consciousness Sunday – My Day Off

  8. Liane Markus December 30, 2011 at 01:28 #

    Thanks for sharing to us some of your biography and experiences in life. However, OI observed that you are a simple person and you try to make things on your own with your own strategy. Good work and I am really interested in reading more of your stories.
    Liane Markus recently posted..imi holsters

  9. Rachel @ Totally Ovar It December 30, 2011 at 09:20 #

    Twitter: resp1016
    I love them! Thank you for telling me about them, I just started the Essential Camera Skills. So, I would die for the Super Photo Editing Skills. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge!
    Rachel @ Totally Ovar It recently posted..Ally’s Bailey’s Fudge

  10. Caitlin McClure December 30, 2011 at 12:05 #

    I could use The Shy Photographer’s Guide to Confidence E-Book..

  11. Bridget December 30, 2011 at 12:06 #

    Twitter: twinisms
    Fun giveaway! Your photos are great so these tutorials must work! I’m not entering though, I’m barely capable of pressing the button on my point and shoot.
    Bridget recently posted..Running Into 2012

  12. Kiddothings December 30, 2011 at 16:48 #

    Twitter: kiddothings
    I came by to wish you a Happy New Year and got more than I expected. Since I’m cheap too, of course I’m entering. I’ll need the Shy Photographer’s Guide…actually I think I need all of them freebies 😉 And for an extra entry I love “How to make your photos Magical”. Now back to business…

    Happy 2012 to you and your family Stasha! Wishing you all the best in the new year and thank you so much for being a gift to me in this past year. Much love to you! :)
    Kiddothings recently posted..Holiday Hangover

  13. deborah l quinn December 30, 2011 at 18:30 #

    Twitter: mannahattamamma
    wow. what a great set of sites–will check them out thoroughly – got a new camera for xmas! Canon T2i…makes me veddy veddy happy. Now i just need…a new zoom and a way to manage all these damn photos… that’s why I’d like the Lightbox editing freebie…! Now off to read the posts from the Photo Concentrate site. Thanks, Ms B.
    deborah l quinn recently posted..wordless wednesday: starry

  14. deborah l quinn December 30, 2011 at 18:41 #

    Twitter: mannahattamamma
    Oh wait – did I misunderstand? I read their top 10 posts and was torn between Jedi tips for photographers (which is totally relelvant since 3 of 4 people in my household are star wars freaks) and “do something scary.” I’m going to go with Do Something Scary, though, as my fave, because it reminds me of what we’ve done this year in moving to AD, and also reminds me that I need to be braver about recording the city and our lives there. So here’s to more photography in 2012! Thank you for being the photo-yoda for all of us who follow your blog, btw.
    deborah l quinn recently posted..wordless wednesday: starry

  15. Samantha Ball December 30, 2011 at 21:27 #

    Camera Buying Guide!

  16. Samantha Ball December 30, 2011 at 21:28 #

    Fav. Post was Taking Crappy Photos

  17. Samantha Ball December 30, 2011 at 21:29 #

    This is an awesome giveaway idea! Thanks for the opportunity!

  18. Judith R. December 30, 2011 at 22:22 #


  19. Vicky H. December 30, 2011 at 23:58 #

    I’m all for the Awesome Album Template pack for InDesign!

  20. Vicky H. December 31, 2011 at 00:02 #

    I can definitely relate to Hundreds of Thousands of Crappy Photos. I take A LOT of photos and end up whittling them down by at least 25% because of various, crappy reasons.

  21. Suzanne K December 31, 2011 at 11:42 #

    I love the The Shy Photographer’s Guide to Confidence E-Book

  22. Rachel (Totally Ovar It) December 31, 2011 at 12:21 #

    Twitter: resp1016
    Ok, I just read all of Photography Concentrates Top 10 Posts and my favorite is How to Photogaph Your Friends, because they assume I have real life friends so I love them for that. A close second, however, is 4 Tips for Photographing People Laughing. I simply want to be in a situation where I ask my subject to participate in a “bum” shake. Life is good!
    Rachel (Totally Ovar It) recently posted..Fare-the-hell-well 2011

  23. Tiaras & Tantrums January 1, 2012 at 09:21 #

    I have never heard of these guys before!! I like the Lightning Keys – I need some help still fumbling around a bit with my manual!

  24. Tiaras & Tantrums January 1, 2012 at 09:24 #

    my favorite “post to read was the “How To Make Your Photos Magical”. I just learned about this magical time this fall – oh the lovely photos I got!
    Tiaras & Tantrums recently posted..MEMORIES, DREAMS and REFLECTIONS 2011!

  25. Tiaras & Tantrums January 1, 2012 at 09:26 #
  26. Cookie's Mom January 1, 2012 at 10:21 #

    Twitter: SJM_CookiesMom
    True, I could use the help, but I’m not commenting to enter the giveaway. I have already won one of your awesome prizes, so I leave it to these other deserving ladies. Thank-you though for letting me know about these guys – bookmarked with plans to peruse and participate when I have a moment. Today I am here to comment about your greatness, which I could go on at length about. Love your blog, love your photos, love you (in the most uncreepy way possible)! xo :)
    Cookie’s Mom recently posted..Happy Holidays

  27. mateja January 1, 2012 at 10:38 #

    Kaj je boljsega ko se na prvi dan v novem letu vsedes za racunalnik in se poklikas na tvojo stran, kjer te caka presenecnje :)

    Mene najbolj mika Extremely essential Camera skills, ker kljub predavanjem na faksu o fotografiji, imam sama se precej tezav, da dobim zeljen rezultat. Vcasih je zares vsega prevec in ce obstaja vodic, ki ti poda konkretne stvari, je to super. Prihrani cas in zivce :)

    Moram pa povedat, da imas prekrasne fotografije in me pritegnejo tako zelo, da bi vse to kar slikas v zivo videla :)

    p.s. Ah, ni zneslo v anglescini, je le prvi dan v letu in moji mozgani so izredno pocasni. Uf, ze tole je trajalo, da sem napisala.. :)
    mateja recently posted..Srečno 2012

  28. Ado January 1, 2012 at 11:07 #

    Chiming in here to say that you are NOT cheap! (-:
    Ado recently posted..Anyone Remember Klout?

  29. Dominique January 1, 2012 at 16:51 #

    Twitter: dominiquegoh
    I love how they teach how to make photos special..I so need to brush up on my photography skills.
    Dominique recently posted..Resolutions for 2012

  30. amy h January 2, 2012 at 06:58 #

    My favorite is “The Camera Buying Guide”. I am always overwhelmed when it comes to purchasing anything.

  31. amy h January 2, 2012 at 06:59 #

    The stress free posing post is great.

  32. amy h January 2, 2012 at 07:00 #

    Thanks for much for the giveaway. It would be awesome to win.

  33. Christina Sparks January 2, 2012 at 12:58 #

    Super photo editing skills, this would be great to help with the photograph business I am wanting to start for my husband and I.

  34. Cindy January 2, 2012 at 15:15 #

    I’d be very happy with the Essential Camera Skills:)
    Cindy recently posted..Toothache – home remedies

  35. Angela January 2, 2012 at 20:19 #

    I would love the Super Photo Editing Skills

  36. Julie Jones January 2, 2012 at 21:06 #

    The shy Photographer’s guide to confidence. I just downloaded it!! Thanks for this giveaway!

  37. Auriette January 2, 2012 at 21:06 #

    I grabbed the Awesome Album Template Pack for InDesign. That’s something I can definitely use!
    Auriette recently posted..Choosing a Blu-ray Player

  38. Julie Jones January 2, 2012 at 21:09 #

    Great post- How to make your photos magically. Can’t wait to see if I won this prize. Thanks!!

  39. Jessica January 2, 2012 at 21:42 #

    Twitter: goaliej54
    “THE SHY PHOTOGRAPHER’S GUIDE TO CONFIDENCE E-BOOK”… that’s the freebie for me!

    Jessica recently posted..[365/365] Happy New Year!

  40. Jessica January 2, 2012 at 22:03 #

    Twitter: goaliej54
    And “10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BE SHOOTING RAW” (top 10) was really interesting.
    Jessica recently posted..[365/365] Happy New Year!

  41. Jessica January 2, 2012 at 22:03 #

    Twitter: goaliej54
    I love this website! Thanks so much for sharing. :)
    Jessica recently posted..[365/365] Happy New Year!

  42. Janice January 2, 2012 at 23:51 #

    Twitter: mommyslounge
    I love photography! But I honestly don’t know enough about it. I totally rely on my point-and-shoot canon poweshot camera. Remember my new Rebel? I use it on special occasions only. And even then, my husband is usually the one to use it – while I stick to my Poweshot! So many settings… And I tried reading about using DSLR cameras one time and I nearly died from trying to understand a single thing! Seriously! have you read those things? IF I win your giveaway, I will be one lucky photographer wannabe!
    Janice recently posted..10 New Year’s Resolutions I (Probably) Will Never Keep

  43. Lenore January 3, 2012 at 04:03 #

    Twitter: Lenore_Diane
    I like the Poster Pack – cute design and motivational all in one! I’ll snag ’em.

    Lenore recently posted..Caffeine, please carry me through the year.

  44. Rachel @ Totally Ovar It January 3, 2012 at 08:11 #

    Twitter: resp1016
    This is my compliment on how awesome you are: Looking at your photographs is what got me interested in learning about photography. You have a beautiful perspective and I want to be just like you. Not in a creepy way. Ok, maybe a little creepy.
    Rachel @ Totally Ovar It recently posted..Occupy My House, Phase 2

  45. Lenore January 3, 2012 at 10:09 #

    Twitter: Lenore_Diane
    Out of the top 10 posts, I really liked the one about lighting (making photos magical) and the one with ‘hundreds of thousands of crappy photos’. Nothing makes a self-proclaimed photographer feel better than seeing the pros have crappy shots, too! (I mean that in the kindest of ways.)
    Lenore recently posted..Project 366: Day 3

  46. Lenore January 3, 2012 at 10:09 #

    Twitter: Lenore_Diane
    This was fun. Photography Concentrate is now bookmarked. Thanks, Stasha!
    Lenore recently posted..Project 366: Day 3

  47. Carrie January 3, 2012 at 11:26 #

    All of them… but I will start with The Shy Photographer’s Guide to Confidence E-Book

  48. Carrie January 3, 2012 at 11:29 #

    My favorite post is Stress Free Posing

  49. Mallory January 3, 2012 at 17:35 #

    I am totally downloading The Shy Photographer’s Guide to Confidence
    Mallory recently posted..Memories, Dreams & Reflections 2011

  50. Mallory January 3, 2012 at 17:37 #

    I love 10 Reasons you Should Be Shooting in Raw
    Mallory recently posted..Memories, Dreams & Reflections 2011

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  52. Chelsea January 3, 2012 at 19:56 #

    10 Reasons you Should Be Shooting in Raw is the best.

  53. heather c January 3, 2012 at 20:32 #

    I Heart Photography Poster Pack looks good to me!

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