I’m Lovin’ It – The UNmanual


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You all know how much I love photography!  Everything I know about it is all pretty much self taught or what I’ve learned from friends.  I know there is so much about photography that I don’t know, or maybe I’m doing incorrectly.

So I was THRILLED recently when Drew of Momtog contacted me about reviewing The UNmanual,  a guide that explains why your DSLR camera does what it does… in English! Ummm, YES PLEASE!  I was all over that!

Photography Guide

Drew is a mom who loves photography.  She’s an insanely talented photographer who shares her vast knowledge of photography and her camera on her Momtog blog.


The UNmanual was born when Drew realized that most of us don’t understand a word of our camera manuals, and most courses offered at universities will leave you even more confused!

The UNmanual - Photography Guide

“Once you break down the information you need to know and forget the information you don’t need, shooting in manual really isn’t that complicated! “~DrewB


Drew says The UNmanual is for beginners, but let me tell you, I’ve been shooting my dSLR in manual for over two years now, and there was still information I learned while reading thru the book.

You will learn about all the buttons on your camera (Drew shoots with a Cannon, but does a good job covering what you need for a Nikon as well), what settings she shoots with and why, how to shoot on manual and still get the correct exposure.  You will also learn about lighting and how to create ideal lighting situations (my favorite section!)

What’s really awesome is, when you purchase the UNmanual, you instantly receive a downloadable file, but you will also receive a hard/paper copy in the mail!  Which I LOVED.  As much as I enjoy being on the computer, something like this I like to hold in my hands and read thru and make my own notes.

Drew’s UNmanual is everything you could want in a camera manual and more! It was easy to read, understand and follow.  It is  packed full of beautiful photos to illustrate every topic that is covered, giving you a great visual on what is being explained.  I’m not much of a “manual reading girl” – more of a “visual girl” and the UNmanual is the perfect solution!

It will change the way you think of your camera.  Words like aperture and exposure will no longer scare you.  You will take pictures you only dreamed you could take.  You will have the confidence to use your camera like it should be used.

I can’t wait to get hold of her UNposing GuideBreak the habit of saying “Cheese!”………. The UNposing Guide helps you capture new, unique, natural and candid looking poses…… something I think a lot of photographers tend to struggle with!  **The UNposing Guide is geared more towards professional photographers rather than the amateur Mom*tog.

Right now thru June 10, 2011 you can use the code “tidymom” to receive 20% off when you purchase either The UNmanual or The UNposing Guide or both in The Momtog Store.

TidyMom Giveaway

GIVEAWAY has ENDED – Congrats to #3 Jenny


Drew would like to give one lucky TidyMom reader The UNmanual of their very own!

Giveaway Prize (1 winner)

1 copy of The UNmanual (downloadable version and hard/paper copy)

Required Entry:

Visit Drew’s shop and blog and come back here and leave a comment telling me how The UNmanual would help your photography

Extra Entries (be sure to leave a separate comment for each)

  • Tweet about this giveaway:  I want to understand my camera with @Drew_b and #win her UNmanual via @TidyMom #photography #giveaway
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Giveaway will end on June 9, 2011 at 5 pm CST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using I will email the winner and they will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.


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  1. Thanks for hosting, Cheryl! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. it would help sooooo much! i have read and re-read and re-re-read my manual but some of it gets lost on me. I think if it was explained in everyday terms or another way, I might actually retain the info 🙂
    (I have Drew’s Un-posing Guide and it is Ah-mazing so I know the Un-manual would be great!)

  3. I would lover to win this. I checked out her blog and shop and just love the pics she takes! The sad thing is, we got our cameras at the same time and you’ve done so well! Me…not so much. I so need to read this to help me take better pics of my family.

  4. I would LOVE this! I definitly struggle with the “candids” , especially with little ones!

  5. I need this – i just want to take fab pictures of my kids!

    facebooking both of ya’ll

  6. The UNmanual would help me with my photography because it would give me reason (and backing) to take the camera out of my husband’s hands (he’s quite the capable amature photographer, I am not!).

  7. well like everyone els manuals get me everytime but just reading your blog i’m sure yours would help me understand your so down to earth. I love pictures I take so many of so many things lol

  8. Following drew_b on Twitter 🙂

  9. And following @TidyMom on Twitter 🙂

  10. And I already ‘liked” TidyMom on FB. *whew*

  11. Oh I could use ALL the help I can get!! My camera is so foreign to me and Im so lucky if I get a decent photo..

    Oh the things I could LEARN

    Thanks you!

  12. This would help me so much! I am trying to get my photography business off the ground and learning everything on my camera on my own has meant it takes longer.

  13. Oh, Cheryl! You have the best giveaways!!! I would love this manual…I really need help getting candids and avoiding that “fake cheesy smile” thing my kids have perfected…

    Thanks so much for hosting, too!!!! Have a great weekend!

  14. I’m following Drew and Tidymom on Twitter

  15. I follow you both on Twitter! (@mwmassey)

  16. I follow Tidy Mom on twitter @scienceesl

  17. I follow MomTog and TidyMom on Facebook

    Thank you for hosting! Have a great weekend!

  18. I think I need that book, lol! It sounds interesting. All those big “camera” words make me nervous!!! thanks for hosting the blog party.

  19. I would love to learn how to use my camera to its fullest!

  20. I follow Drew on Twitter

  21. I shared on my facebook wall!

  22. I like Tidy Mom on facebook

  23. I like Mom*tog on facebook

  24. I am stuck doin posed photos. I think it would help so much with candids.

  25. I tweeted this on my account, @mrsamyer: I want to understand my camera with @Drew_b and #win her UNmanual via @TidyMom #photography #giveaway

  26. Love what you do here everyday and especially on linky days. Thanks!

  27. I shared this giveaway on Facebook.

  28. I’m following @drew_b on Twitter. I need to learn more of the science behind photography to improve, and this book would be great!

  29. I bought a new Canon Rebel for me from me this past Christmas and could really use this book as a guide to better operating and enjoying my camera.

  30. I followed @tidymom on Twitter. I need to learn more about manipulating light. This book would be great!

  31. I love Drew’s blog and her emanual would help me so much in my quest to take awesome pictures of my kids!!

  32. Finally. Someone who knows how hard it is to understand a camera manual. I would Love to get my hands on this. My granddaughter is growing like a weed, not to mention my 9-year-old. Thank you for the chance to win.

  33. I liked Mom*Tog on Facebook. I just bought a new flash in February, and I’ve hardly used it! I need to learn how. This book would be great. I get lost in complicated manuals.

  34. I follow you both on Twitter

  35. I tweeted about this giveaway

  36. Opps I tweeted as @ragstostitches. Joined you both on facebook

  37. I liked TidyMom on Facebook. I need to learn more about the different functions of my camera. I have a Canon 20D, and I’m sure I’m under-using it! I love the idea of a book written in plain language.

  38. Hey TidyMom!
    Been a fan of yours for a while, so I follow you on Twitter and facebook already.
    Just hooked up to MomTog on both as well.

    what a talented photog! I could so use her UNmanual to figure out my canon and really get shooting. I keep reading my Canon for Dummies book, but would so like another perspective!

    thanks for having such fun give-aways!

  39. I just visited MomTog’s store, and the UNmanual looks fabulous. I’m very visual. The best way for me to learn photography is through demonstration and examples. So I love the fact that there are lots of photos and places to take notes! I’d love to win this book. 🙂

  40. ahhhhh! i learned about this blog and this unmanual from a mom at a mommy group just last week!!! i would love to win it to help me better understand my camera! esp hope to learn more about metering! 🙂 thank you so much!!

  41. I tweeted about this giveaway!

  42. no twitter but i lfollow tidy mom and mom tog on fb! 🙂

  43. Visited MomTog’s blog. Loved the maternity photos! So fun with the little boy and the sign. Very different from most maternity shoots I’ve seen. So lighthearted. Love the fact that Brayden was involved. I would love to learn more about indoor photography, and it sounds like the UNmanual will do the trick!

  44. I follow Tidymom on Twitter

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