I’m Lovin’ It – The UNmanual


Drew- Momtog

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. i would love a copy of this book to help me learn how to really use my camera. I bought several books all intereseting but all over my head. Plus it doen’t explain it to me in terms i would understand. So excited for this oppertunity.

  2. I just checked out mom tog and love drew’s pictures. My camera takes fabulous pictures on auto but I know I’m not maximizing it’s potential! I could really use the unmanual!

  3. Like you on facebook!!

  4. I have been wanting the UNmanual since forever! I just bought not to long ago the UNposing guide and it is amazing! I just need to figure out in simple language how to use my camera! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Follow Momtog and Tidy mom on Facebook

  6. I would LOVE The UNmanual…. I have read and re-read my camera manual, but still have SO SO SO much to learn! Looks like a fabulous book!! 🙂

  7. As a new blogger and amateur photographer I would love something easy to follow. Her Un-posing guide is an amazing resource also. I want both!

  8. I would love to win the unmanual, I am still learning and working on my manual side 😉
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  9. I liked both pages!

  10. I am now following both on twitter @fotodiva 🙂

  11. What an awesome “help”! I am a total dud when it comes to my photos! I need this!!

  12. I’m so a follower of TIDY MOM!!! LOVE THIS BLOG!

  13. I sooo need this manual!!! It would be a great big help to me. The camera manuals just don’t do it, this one would be great!!!

  14. I’m following Drew B on twitter

  15. I’m following Tidymom on Twitter

  16. I’m following Tidymom on Facebook

  17. I’m following Momtog on fb

  18. I tweeted the giveaway

  19. I also posted on fb

  20. I’d love to just learn how to use my camera not in “automatic” mode and learn how to take more “unposed” pics.

  21. I like you both on FB 🙂

  22. I shared the giveaway on FB

  23. Oh how I would love to win this giveaway. I would love to be able to really use my Canon camera! I always feel so dumb having to always use it on auto because I have no clue what else to do with it! I read the manual but I just don’t get it!

  24. Oh wow! How wonderful would this be?! I have tried to learn the ins and outs of my camera on my own but I’m never brave enough to leave it in manual mode because I just don’t trust myself. I have thought about taking a class but it is difficult to find one at a time that will work for me plus they are so expensive. The UNmanual would be perfect!

  25. I just got a DSLR and haven’t the slightest clue how to manipulate it to take gorgeous pics. It’s my newest obsession and can’t wait to get started. Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

  26. The UNmanual would help me with not only learning how to use my new Canon but also help me move to manual. That would be awesome!

  27. I just got my camera for Christmas. One of my New year’s resolutions was to learn all about it and be able to take good pictures. It’s now June and I have yet to do that. The manual is so intimidating!

  28. I have had a nikon d3000 for over a year and still really don’t know how to use it. I have 4 kids and a large extended family and we get together often. I would like to learn how to use my camera to preserve all the memories.

  29. I h ave been learning my camera now for what seems forever. I need to Learn so much more . I have taken all the classes I think that are available to me and I swear I sign up for the english version of these photgraphy classes, I still come out confused. I would love to win this fabulous book.

  30. This would be wonderful to have since I’m not very tech-savvy at all. I’d love to be able to take great photos of my kids with my husband’s DSLR camera!

  31. Joined Momtog and TidyMom on Facebook-Lisa L

  32. I think it would be great to get a fresh approach and reminder of all the things I should be doing with my camera

  33. I “like” tidymom and momtog on Facebook

  34. I am now following Tidymom on Twitter

  35. i love drew and her blog! the unmanual would help me so much when i’m photographing kids who don’t follow directions anyways! 🙂

  36. i’m following tidymom on facebook! thanks! 🙂

  37. I just got a new camera and would love to have things explained in plain English!

  38. I am following Drew and Tidy Mom on Twitter.

  39. I would LOVE to get a copy of the UNmanual! I think Drew’s pictures are gorgeous and I am so wanting to learn how she does what she does! 🙂

  40. I follow Momtog on FB!!!!

  41. I also posted on fb!!! 🙂

  42. I don’t ever shoot in Manual because my camera’s manual is like reading gibberish. The UNManual would be awesome!

  43. I follow Momtog and Tidy mom on Facebook

  44. I would love to read about ideal lighting situations in Drew’s UNmanual!

  45. I already follow Drew on FB 🙂

  46. I now follow TidyMom on FB!!

  47. I would love to learn to use my camera better. I always feel guilty for not doing more with it since it was such a generous gift from my in-laws. I need to learn to take beautiful pictures of their gorgeous grandchildren to send them since they live so far away!

  48. Following you both on twitter (craftevangelist)

  49. “Like” you both on Facebook! (Teddi Taylor)

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