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Real. Life. Photography {giveaway}

I am so excited to introduce a new must-have ebook that just came out! I’m sure all of you know Rebecca from Simple As That. I was drawn to her blog years ago by her incredible photography skills, her simplicity  and style with her projects and the way she brings her daily magic to life through her blog. She really is one amazing person, which makes me even more excited to tell you a little about her new book.

Real. Life. Photography. is a 70 page ebook that includes 127 incredible pictures in 6 chapters that will help your “everyday” pictures go from blah to amazing. (As it turns out, I am just about ready to buy my first really fancy camera, so this book gave me so many great ideas and tricks to capture all the moments in my day and to shoot them in an interesting way.)

The six chapters in the book cover Photographing Real Life, Using Real Light, Capturing Real Relationships, Practicing Real Patience, Enhancing Real Photos, and Checklists for Real Life. I love that this whole book is based on real life, after all isn’t that what we are knee deep in ALL of the time?!

I love this quote from Rebecca in the book:

“Photographing real life isn’t always easy. In fact, it’s a lot harder than taking family portraits in a well-lit studio or outdoors at the perfect time of day. Real life passes quickly. It doesn’t wait for you to pull out your camera. It doesn’t wait for ideal lighting conditions. And it doesn’t wait for your house to be spotless. But I promise that capturing everyday moments is worth the extra effort. Capturing life as it happens helps me see things differently. Boring becomes beautiful. Ordinary becomes extraordinary. Life can get so busy and crowded with distractions that it’s easy to forget what matters most. Pausing to take photos along the way helps me slow down and just enjoy my life exactly as it is.”

—from Real.Life.Photography.: How to find magic in everyday moments

Isn’t that so true?

Some of my favorite features of the book are her “How I got the shots” features on each page and of course, seeing all of her manual settings taught me so much as I read through the book.  I loved this page on backgrounds and got so many great ideas about moving around to give greater depth and interest to my subject.

I may or may not have an entire page of notes written down after going through the book just once..including the settings she used…I feel a little silly saying I don’t know or understand much about photography right now, but after reading this book, I am more excited than ever to make my camera accessible and ready to capture all of  the little details in my life.  I can see how much this book will benefit me as a new photographer, but can see how much it will help an experienced photographer as well!

In addition to the book, Addy Lane also created a whole set of actions that address and fix the most common photography problems.

So, are you convinced now that you need to read this book? Well guess what? Rebecca has generously offered to give one of you a copy of her new ebook, Real. Life. Photography. as well as a set of the new Photoshop /Photoshop Elements, “Simple Fixes Action Set” to help you out as well!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you cannot wait to get the book, (and believe me, it really is THAT good)  there is also a special going on right now with the launch of this  ebook.  Regular price for the book or the actions is $12.99 but they can be purchased now for $9.99 each. If purchasing the actions + book together you receive an additional 20% off using coupon code PHOTOFIX. How amazing is that?

Thanks again for stopping by, good luck with the contest and a big thanks to Rebecca for letting me be a part of this party!

26 thoughts on “Real. Life. Photography {giveaway}

  1. Whitney says:

    I want to get better with white balance and understand ISO better. I would also like to learn more about post processing. I love how Rebecca photos turn out…I would love to get mine to that quality one day!

  2. Bernadette says:

    This sounds like a very interesting book. I like her actions too. None of them seem over done at all and still allow the photo to shine through without looking over processed.

  3. Jody H says:

    I would love to get better at action shots. I seem to miss the action or get the picture blurry.

  4. Peggy G. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would like to get better at “seeing the light” and nailing focus every time so I don’t have to take 10 shots of every pose.

  5. Mickisha says:

    I have one of Rebecca’s books and it is great! Crossing my fingers that I win!

  6. Cassidi says:

    I just recently took up photography and got my first camera a month ago, so there are a lot of areas I need to get better in. But if I had to pick just one, I think it would be knowing what the correct aperture and shutter speed settings are to get the type of picture I want…

  7. Jennifer says:

    I agree with Jody! The pictures I have the hardest time getting are when my kids are playing together…they’re always moving, and I can’t ever get a shot where one of them isn’t blurry.

  8. Brenda Magliacane says:

    I would love to read this book. Rebecca is definitely a fabulous photographer! Thanks

  9. I am always looking for ways to capture my kiddos being themselves!

  10. Laura says:

    would love to get better at aperture/shutter speed knowledge!

  11. Katherine says:

    I want to take better pictures of my 5-year olds art work

  12. Whitney S. says:

    I would like to just get better at photography period. I have a great camera, but I always keep it on auto mode! I love Rebecca Cooper’s stuff, so I am sure her book would be wonderful! Thanks so much for the chacne to win!

  13. Brooke says:

    I want to get better at using natural light and making my pictures look inviting and magical. I want people to feel like they are in that moment with us.

  14. Jenn says:

    I want to use lighting better! Shadows stink!

  15. Brittney says:

    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway! I would really like to work on getting my photos exposed just right and on the post-processing!

  16. Eliece says:

    I’d really like to get better at it all but I’d really like to get eyes to pop have beautiful dreamy coloring.

  17. Megan says:

    I would soak up this book- I have a nice camera and I need to learn anything I can to take better pictures. I especially want to improve on taking candid shots of the everyday moments.

  18. natalie says:

    I would love to figure out how to manipulate the ISO & aperture settings so they’re perfect EVERY TIME!

  19. Erika says:

    Finding the perfect light!

  20. Laura Milan says:

    I would love to learn more about angles and depth of field.

  21. ~Heather says:

    Any new editing tricks, post-shot.

  22. Anita says:

    Great giveaway! Thanks!

  23. Andrea says:

    can I say everything? okay. how about background/depth of field. I do not have a fancy camera but would love to learn how to take some amazing shots even with my point and shoot!

  24. Heather S. says:

    I’d love to learn more about editing!

  25. AmyLynn says:

    I’d really like to get better at capturing my daughter’s bright eyes!

  26. Kelly M says:

    I would love to learn how to use natural lighting better.

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