The Key to Taking Pictures like a Professional Photographer GIVEAWAY {4 winners!}

it’s thursday…..and do you know what that means? a giveaway! yay! today’s giveaway is a staple for every photographer. i was the school photographer in high school {not that i even knew what i was doing!! i think there wasn’t anyone else for the position. haha} and i shot an all manual SLR in black and white FILM {yes that f-word you don’t hear anymore}. so when i made the leap to a DSLR few years later, i felt so limited and intimidated by this new technology i didn’t bother to learn it. and then i started this blog…..and proceeded to realize that i needed to step up my photog skills. {please do not go back to my first posts. my pictures are horrible!} i’ve been playing with my nikon for 2 years and i’ve made some progress. but i sure have a long ways to go! there is so much to learn about DSLR’s. loads and loads to learn. and what i really like about Katie Evan’s book, The Key To Taking Pictures Like a Photographer, is how she breaks it down to the basics and explains every little thing. after she’s covered the basics in photography and digital single lens reflex cameras, she then proceeds to more advanced topics like raw files, white balance, and composition.Katie’s book is 74 pages long. which sounds like a lot. but this book is full of beautifully photos and illustrations to help explain different aspects of photography. i am a visual learner, so this is very helpful for me.  if i can see something, i can learn it! i haven’t quite made it all the way through her book {i think i’m on page 24 or so} but i’ve jotted down a few notes and tried to implement a few of the things i learned. oh and added a lens or 2 she recommended to my christmas list! haha

Big News!! The Key to Taking Pictures like a Photographer is now available in hardcopy!

>DISCOUNT ALERT< get $5 off the ebook, $5 off the hardcopy or $7 off if you buy both the hardcopy and the ebook!

discount code: craftaholic GIVEAWAY

1 lucky reader will win a hardcopy of The Key to Taking Pictures Like a Professional and 3 lucky readers will get the ebook version! {yep, 4 winners!!}


leave a comment on this post telling me who/what you like to take pictures of! {1 entry, required}


LIKE Katie Evans Photography on Facebook {1 entry} don’t forget to tell her i sent you!

FOLLOW Craftaholics Anonymous blog via GFC or RSS feed {1 entry}


giveaway ends at 11:59PM ET on Wednesday, August 31, 2011. winners will be chosen at random.

good luck!

disclosure: i received free product to review but was in no way obligated to give a good review. please see my sidebar for a link to my complete disclosure.

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1
    Gina Taylor

    I love to take pictures of my little boy, lots and lots of them lol
    I also love the “vintage” look of photos, if I can make them look old the better!

  2. 2

    how exciting! I would love a copy! We are expecting baby #3 in January and I would love to get some great newborn shots.

  3. 3

    Oh i take photos of may handmade work and more recently have joined the a-photo-a-day challenge, so i think this book would be a goldmine of information for me!

  4. 4
    Amanda W

    I love to take pictures of my son :)

    1. 4.1

      Hi Amanda,
      Guess what…….you won a copy of “The Key to Taking Pictures like a Professional Photographer” eboook! congrats! shoot me an email with the email address you’d like your copy sent to.

  5. 5
    Gina Taylor

    LIKEd Katie Evans photography!

  6. 6
    Michelle F

    I love taking pics of my kids mostly, but I always have my camera close by so it ends up being anything and everything :>)

  7. 7

    Wow this is a great giveaway. We’ve had a Digital SLR for 7 years (the original Rebel) but I don’t really know how to use it. And I’ve got soon to be 3 cute boys to take pictures of.

  8. 8

    I would love this book! I love doing silly photo shoots for my friends!

  9. 9
    Gina Taylor

    Following on GFC!!

  10. 10

    I so need this! We have an adopted baby (our first child!!!) heading our way early next year. Following you on GFC. :)

  11. 11
    Stephanie Larsen

    I love taking pictures of my 2 kids. I bought a DSLR because I was tired of having crappy pictures, but I still don’t know anything about my camera so this would be awesome!!! I have been able to get none blurry pictures of my always moving children and I love it!

  12. 12

    I liked Katie Evans Photography on Facebook!

  13. 13
    Stephanie Larsen

    I follow your blog…and I love it!

  14. 14

    Right now I am more into taking photos of landscapes/architecture. However in Jan. we will have our first child here thanks to adoption. So my obsession will be my future maybe baby. :)

  15. 15

    Liked Katie Evans Photography on facebook.

  16. 16

    I love taking pictures of my family and anything colorful!

  17. 17

    I like taking pictures of anything and everything. Especially our puppy!

  18. 18
    Candice Shepherd

    Of course my favorite subjects are my 4 kiddos!:)

  19. 19
    Stephanie Larsen

    I like Katie Evans photography on facebook :)

  20. 20
    tanja c

    i love taking pictures of my kids and don’t forget about the flowers, who could resist them =)

  21. 21

    I like to take pictures of my kids, but at their ages, they hate it. So… I take pictures of my perennials, our 2 dogs, 2 horses, and 3 cats, and sunsets. And scenery when we go away.

  22. 22
    tanja c

    i like katie evans photography on facebook

  23. 23
    tanja c

    i am a blog follower

  24. 24

    I take pictures of everything, anything that catches my eye is captured in a photo.

  25. 25

    I love taking pictures of my family and the things we do together. And I would love to be able to use my camera better. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  26. 26

    My kids, the animals, the wind. I just like taking pics.

  27. 27

    ANother entry for facebook like “My kids, the animals, the wind. I just like taking pics.”

  28. 28

    And another one for following on RSS (google reader) feed. “My kids, the animals, the wind. I just like taking pics.”

  29. 29

    I’ve heard so many good things about this ebook. I would use it for photos of the kiddies!

  30. 30

    I love to take photos of my little man. If I brushed up on my skills I would love to take wedding photos.

  31. 31

    I liked Katie Evans Photography on facebook :)

  32. 32

    I am a CA stalker, I mean blog follower!

  33. 33

    I LOVE taking pictures… in June I had over 3,000 pictures printed. Those 3,000 pictures were only 6 months worth of pictures. I have always loved taking pictures of everyone and everything, but when my daughter was born… it got WAY worse. I want to learn to take better pictures because my family really counts on the pictures I take for family functions. This is a great giveaway! Good Luck everyone!!! :)

  34. 34

    I like Katie Evans Photography on FB and left a little comment.

  35. 35

    I follow Craftaholics with Google Reader. :)

  36. 36

    I would love a copy so I can take better pictures of my munchkins!

  37. 38
    Debbie L

    I love taking pictures of my kids and grandkids.

  38. 39

    I liked Katie Evans Photography!!! :)

  39. 40

    I love taking pictures – mostly of my nieces and nephews. fun fun

  40. 42
    Alison J

    I looove taking pics of my boys and my friend’s kids! I also like nature pics! I would love to win the book!

  41. 43

    I love taking pics of my kids–but really I just love taking pictures!

  42. 44

    I love taking pictures. If I could be a photographer, I’d probably love doing newborn shots. Since I don’t have kids of my own yet, I mostly end up snapping pictures of my dog. I think she’s learning to pose :) A few weeks ago I took pictures for my brother and his fiance to use as save-the-dates. I’m dying to learn more about using my camera and taking professional quality photos. I would LOVE to win this book!

  43. 45
    Alison J

    I also liked her on FB and told her you sent me!

  44. 46

    I am dying to learn how to put my Nikon to real use and get it off of auto! My subject is my busy 1 year old son that doesn’t sit still for a picture! Even if I don’t win this I will for sure be buying!

  45. 47

    I liked Katie Evans Photography on Facebook.

  46. 48

    I liked Katie Evans Photography on FB!

  47. 49
    Abby T

    I’d love to win a copy of this book…been taking lots more (sadly mediocre) photos since a recent move to Maine! Time to up my game! :)

  48. 50
    Abby T

    I liked Katie Evans Photography on FB!