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Happy day after Thanksgiving.
Also known as turkey sandwich day. And if you are lucky like us, lounging around doing nothing day. Not to mention Black Friday.
It sounds a bit morbid I guess but it is anything but! Yupppeeee for sales. Great deals to be found, new pretty things to be bought.
If you are buying a new camera or know someone who will, this is the day to do so. Every shop will make you a great deal on one. But what do you do with it once you bring it home?
I have told you about Rob and Lauren, about what great photographers they are, about how awesome their site is, about how generous they are with freebies for both enthusiasts and professional photographers. Honestly, most of my wedding photography business was build or inspired by their Simple Wedding tutorial.
So in order for you to return to your pumpkin pie as soon as possible I have a quick announcement and I will sign off.
Until next Tuesday:
Yep! Please promise me you that if these holidays bring you or anyone you know a fancy new DSLR camera you will get a Camera Skills tutorial and rock that baby in three hours flat. You owe it to your camera to use it in Manual Mode!!
Not to mention they have a great giveaway to match the sale, so CLICK HERE and head over for your chance to win a new camera and a fancy bag for it!
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:
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):
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.
Let’s talk about a cat today. And a book.
It is no secret I am an avid reader. I read many blogs every day. The one I never miss is Motherhood In NYC. So when Marinka wrote a book I was eager to read it. Then again, sitting curled up with a novel would eat into my valuable blogging time.
Lucky for me, she wrote a children’s book. This time around anyway. Which works out great because I have a child. Who likes to read with me.
We have been reading Wanted: Catfor a week now. As always it is a lovely bonding experience. Above that I used this book to see if we share the same sense of humor. Turns out he did laugh as I read him the book, so I will continue to proudly refer to him as the apple of my eye.
I suppose this is a book review with a giveaway.
So if I was to tell you my opinion on this book I would say that it is a fun read. I would tell you I like the subtle humor that will make even an adult smile and the story parents can relate to. I would tell you how much I like funny illustrations by Peajaye that immediately get child’s attention. I would share with you that my favorite part is parents not giving in on children’s request. In fact I would go as far as to say that it is educational and character building for a young reader. I would as a mommy tell you I like the format of the book and how it fits in my bag, making it a great book to read in a waiting room or on the bus. I would recommend it without hesitation. Maybe even tell you to purchase one for a child you love.
But since my son is very opinionated I will let him review Wanted: Catinstead.
Little J, age (almost) four:
“I like it.”
“It is funny.”
“I like the children.”
“I like how they get what they ask their mom for.”
“I like the picture of them in the car.”
“I like how long it is.”
“Boy’s list is super funny. I like his painting.”
“Let’s read it again.”
So there you have it. My child’s first book review.
And now for the special surprise. Marinka will be sending one lucky reader a signed copy of Wanted: Cat. Seeing how she is a celebrity and the chosen one by Babble I expect this to be a very coveted item. So I am disregarding my usual one entry per reader and giving you the following ways to enter this one of a kind, exclusive giveaway:
1. VISIT WANTED CAT WEBSITE AND RETURN TO TELL ME YOUR FAVORITE NICK-PIC
2. FOLLOW WANTED CAT ON TWITTER AND LEAVE A COMMENT TELLING ME YOU DID SO
3. LIKE WANTED CAT ON FACEBOOK AND RETURN TO TELL ME YOU DID SO
4. IF YOU HAVE ADOPTED A CAT OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO DID LEAVE A COMMENT TELLING ME IT’S NAME
5. LEAVE A COMMENT SAYING SOMETHING NICE
5 ways to enter a giveaway, now that should tell you how much we like the book and want to share it with you!
Good luck everyone.
Before I forget, here is my disclaimer:
This giveaway is opened to all US and Canada residents who like to read. We did receive Wanted: Catas a gift, but no compensation for this post. All opinions are my own and Little J’s and we are willing to pinky swear on them. Marinka is giving a copy of the book away to one lucky winner because she is lovely like that. I will close this giveaway on Tuesday 1st of November 9PM Pacific time and notify the winner via email. The end.