How to learn new tricks

You know that feeling when you find something that fits just right?

Like you favorite pair of shoes or that jeans that sits on your hips kinda perfect. Or your favorite creamer? And in my case that lens that is on my camera most of the time. Yes, that makes one happy!

I get asked by fellow bloggers a lot which camera I think they should buy or what program I think is best to use for editing. I am not the kind of girl that will endorse this or that. We are all a bit different and whatever camera fits good in your hand and meets your needs should be the one you buy. I also evolve. I think we all do. At the moment I am going through a vintage faze. All of the sudden I am adding grain to my photos, emulating prints from film cameras my parents used when I was little.

But one thing that is important and will stay with you no matter what your favorite camera is or your shooting style may be: KNOWLEDGE.
We can never know too much. So when you buy a new camera, first thing is to learn how to use it. All of it! Then as you start processing your photos you should know how to use your editing program. All of it.

I often hear people saying they are planning to move to manual. Assuming they are not talking about dishwashing they must be referring to setting their camera to manual mode. Anyway, I find that funny. Kind of like buying a car but driving it only in first gear until you get used to it and then moving on to second, hoping one day you will have enough time to figure out how to put it all the way to fifth gear. There is nothing wrong with using auto mode, but why limit yourself to just that?

Same goes for photo editing. I use Lightroom by Adobe because it fits me. My first objective is to get the photo out of the camera just the way I want it. Then enhance it. And with the amount of photos I take I need it to be simple and effective. I can process a whole photo shoot in an afternoon, then choose the photos that stand out and edit any tiny imperfections. Which gives me enough time to build a LEGO city with my son.

I spent a lot of time learning. Then I found Rob and Lauren. You know I spoke about them before. The reason is simple. Their photo tutorials fit me. They are clear and to the point, fast and simple to understand. If you bought your new camera today you will know how to use it by following their tutorial about Camera Skills. If you received your copy of Lightroom 4 today you will know how to edit your photos to perfection by the time you finish their Photo Skills. Not to mention all the wonderful tips they share on their website.

The reason I am telling you all this is very important. Today is the big launch of their new tutorial:
super photo editing skills
It is great! I thought I was the editing ninja but I still learned so many new things. It has
*63 videos (totalling over 5 hours of screencasts) showing you how to enhance your photos using Lightroom 4
*Over 50 high quality color, black & white, and utility Lightroom presets
*35 example photos to follow along with
*And two supporting eBooks!
Bottom line: you want it! Trust me. And to celebrate the launch they are giving us 40% off for the first 10 days. We all like a good discount and at $47.95 this is a well worth investment.
PS: They are giving away a free pack of 39 presets for Lightroom 4. CLICK HERE
Let me know what you think. And feel free to send me cookies as a thank you for pointing you in the right direction.
Disclaimer: I signed up as an affiliate of Photography Concentrate after I bought their tutorials and learned how to rock my camera and editing. Mostly because I love their pretty banners. But I am telling you about this tutorial today because it is on special offer. I told so many of you about it over the past year because I really love it. The end.

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  1. Stacey June 7, 2012 at 06:27 #

    Twitter: staceysmoments
    The more I use my camera the more I want to learn photo editing. I really, really, really want lightroom. I’ve already put in a request for Christmas!
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    • Stasha June 7, 2012 at 20:36 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Good on you. You will love LR! And if you go to Adobe you can download a free 30 day trial. No strings attached!

  2. [email protected] June 7, 2012 at 06:45 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    I want to be good at this photography thing but it’s all so overwhelming. So I’m sticking to auto for now. Maybe later, when the kids are older :)
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    • Stasha June 7, 2012 at 20:39 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Honestly manual is so easy. Once you get the hang of it you will wonder why you did not jump in straight away. Saying that, nothing wrong with auto. They put it on cameras for a reason :)

  3. Liz Denehy SB via Facebook June 7, 2012 at 07:10 #

    Thank you!!! Wonderful post :)

    • Stasha June 7, 2012 at 20:50 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      ThanKs Liz. You are my fellow LR addict so you know what I am talking about :)

      • Liz June 10, 2012 at 10:32 #

        Twitter: LizS_B
        Definitely a Lightroom addict but I NEED desperately to get into Manual for more than just moon shots. On the upside. I have finally moved into Aperture priority mode which is a huge step up for me and I plan to purchase these tutorials when I have some spare cash as I really want to conquer Manual!! You are such an inspiration. :)
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  4. Bruna June 7, 2012 at 09:59 #

    Twitter: beeswithhoney
    Thanks for the info girlfriend. You rock. So nice of you to share :)
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    • Stasha June 7, 2012 at 20:46 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      No probs. Their blog is packed with freebies. It’s like snag heaven :)

  5. OTandET June 7, 2012 at 12:10 #

    Twitter: otandet
    oh you are dissing me and my auto mode! haha! actually i know i need to learn the ins and outs of really using a camera and i think next year when baby is a little more independent and our lives less nutso i will. i’ll remember this! thanks lady! xo
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    • Stasha June 7, 2012 at 20:43 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      No problem. This guys tutorial teaches you to go to manual in an afternoon. Then it’s just a matter of practising. For the record I use auto sometimes. Like this afternoon, I was at a photoshoot and the light behind the horse kept changing. They go fast and I could not keep up. So I switched to auto( no flash) I know it was not ideal, but sometimes you gotta do whatcha gotta do :)

  6. Runnermom-jen June 7, 2012 at 20:01 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    I learned the tip about manual from you…so when I got my DSLR, I never shot in auto, and I still haven’t. Best way to learn, that and practice, practice, and more practice. You’re an inspiration to me, Stasha :)
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    • Stasha June 7, 2012 at 20:45 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      You are all kinds of awesome. I still practice everyday. You are a natural Jen. I always loved your photos, even befo you had the fancy camera!!

  7. Franziska June 7, 2012 at 21:51 #

    Wow! I’ve just checked Rob and Lauren’s tutorials, and they are all pretty cool! I could learn so much from them! Thanks for the inspiration!
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  8. Franziska June 7, 2012 at 21:52 #

    I’ve just checked Rob and Lauren’s tutorials, and they are all pretty cool! I could learn so much from them! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Franziska recently posted..Sommerzeit bedeutet für mich Grillzeit!

  9. mateja June 8, 2012 at 03:19 #

    Khm.. sem morala prav po googlati kaj je Lightroom.. do sedaj sploh nisem vedela, da to obstaja.. Uporabljam photoshop.. Izgleda res super, da ne govorim, da imata Rob in Lauren res dobre tutorialse :)
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  10. Barbara June 8, 2012 at 06:19 #

    Twitter: babspinfrance
    We are still in Auto Mode. Someday, someday I will learn to use my camera.
    Barbara recently posted..Noah at 5 months

  11. Chique Weiz June 9, 2012 at 02:32 #

    I always wanted to learn photo editing. I love photos that come into Life. When you have edited photos, it enhances and gives more meaning to the message.
    Chique Weiz recently posted..Famous Insanely Dedicated Scientists

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