Mother’s Day Giveaways – Day Three

It’s here!  It’s here!  It’s here!

The UNmanual is DONE!

I started working on this guide last August and it’s turned out more amazing than I could have ever expected!  I’m so excited for you to get your hands on it because I know it’s going to help all of you take control of your camera and take full advantage of that fancy DSLR you’ve been shooting on Auto!

The UNmanual is a guide that explains why your camera does what it does in English.  When I got my first DSLR camera, I sat with my camera in one hand and my manual in the other.  I quickly realized that the manual was written in a foreign language that I could not understand.  I then enrolled in a community college photography course.  After most classes, I walked out more confused than when I had started.  One day I sat down with both my camera manual and my textbooks determined to understand how my camera really works.  And I realized everyone was complicating the subject much more than I needed it to be.  There’s no need for mathematical formulas or crazy charts.  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!

The UNmanual is for beginner photographers who want to take control of their cameras.  In the guide you will learn about your camera, what settings I shoot on and why, how to shoot on manual and properly expose an image.  You will also learn about lighting and how to get great lighting.  It is filled with pictures and examples!  The information in the UNmanual is exactly what is covered in my mentoring sessions and in the Mom*tog Pro sessions, which I no longer offer.  I am a Canon shooter, so the information in the guide is geared towards those with Canon cameras.  I did my best to include the comparable settings for Nikon shooters.

The guide will go on sale tomorrow!  It will be priced at $95, which will include an instantly downloadable copy AND a hard copy that will be mailed to you.  But, you can be the first to win one today!  Here’s how:

1)  You need to be a mom!  These giveaways are in honor of Mother’s Day so please only enter if you are a mom.  I’m not going to ask for proof.  I’m just going to trust that you are being honest :)

2)  Leave a comment saying why you need the UNmanual.

3)  Want extra chances to win?  Here’s how:

*  Follow @drew_b on Twitter and tweet: “The UNmanual from @drew_b is here!  Win one today!  Enter at”

*  Blog about the giveaway (with a link back to Mom*tog) and leave a separate comment here with your blog address.

*  ”Like” Mom*tog on Facebook and leave a comment here saying that you’ve done so.

Contest ends at 9PM Pacific time on 5/5!  All comments after 9PM will be deleted.

Thanks!  I hope everyone is having fun with this week full of giveaways!

PS  A HUGE thank you to Jamie, from So Divine Designs, for spending countless hours on making the design perfect!  She is amazing!


  1. I have had a dslr for a few years and have taken a comm college course as well. I still shoot in auto most of the time. So, this would be great.
    .-= Christy@pipandsqueak´s last blog ..Dentist =-.

  2. I need this UNmanual for 3 reasons…
    1. I have been trying for the past 4 months to read my manual & after 5 min. I start to sweat & my head spins.
    2. I want nothing more then to be able to take great photos out of my manual mode.
    3. I’m going to buy it anyway but found this really cute pair of heels at Macys that I could buy too if I won 🙂
    .-= melissa berberena´s last blog ..Spring on my Street =-.

  3. Sonya says

    I am a beginner. I bought a couple of books that left me more confused than I was. I do not have a DSLR camera of my own yet but I have been loving photography for as long as I can remember. I really want to learn how to take great photos of my kids using professional digital camera. Their childhood is what I want to capture every minute of and remember so they can remember as well. Through my kids I am re-living my own childhood and healing what needs to be healed.
    .-= Sonya´s last blog ..Chocolate parfait =-.

  4. Sonya says

    I “like” you on BF.

    I wish there was a “love” button.
    .-= Sonya´s last blog ..Chocolate parfait =-.

  5. Leah says

    I’m a mom!! And I totally need this because even after reading my manual, I too don’t understand it all and would love to go take a class but don’t have the time to do that since I have an 18 month old. Would LOVE to win this!!

  6. Amy Baumgartner says

    If I don’t win this, I am going to buy this UNmanual! This is what I have been needing for SOOO long!! Thank you DRew!!

  7. I LOVE you! I need this manual! I just started my own photography company & am building my portfolio with very reasonable prices & have a lot to learn & ALOT to invest in. This would help me SO much! I emailed you some questions & you said that they are answered in the UNmanual…so, see? I need this! I am a huge fan of yours 🙂

  8. Candace says

    I am starting to do more portraits and love reading tip and suggestions from your blog!

  9. oh and i joined your facebook page as a fan a few weeks ago, too. i am also a mom by the way!

  10. Candace says

    I “Like” you on Facebook!
    .-= Candace´s last blog ..Must See! =-.

  11. Emily says

    So I’m a mom of five kiddos, about to have #6 any day here so I deffinitely fulfill the “mom” criteria. Why do I need the UNmanual? Because I’ve studied and read a bunch of books and websites but I’m still chicken and use “AUTO” most of the time on my DSLR. 🙁
    Help me turn my frown upside down, Drew! 🙂

  12. Kylee says

    I NEED this UNmanual because I am a busy stay at home mom/beginning-intermediate photographer and don’t feel comfortable with my camera and it’s settings. This would be awesome!!

  13. Candace says

    I also tweeted about the giveaway! (I meant to mention that I was already following you on facebook.)

  14. I just got a new Canon yesterday and wouldn’t you know… was sitting with it in one had and the manual in the other tonight!!! THIS would be so helpful!!!!

  15. Megan Bird says

    I need the UNmanual because I was inspired by my newborn son to take control of something I love. Photography. I have always loved it. Something about catching a memory and being able to look at it forever just makes me happy! My husband saw this love and bought me my very first SLR camera. Ive made a point to shoot on manual as much as I can but I pretty much always have blurry pictures! I would love the UNmanual to take control of my SLR camera!!!

  16. Emily says

    Oh and I like you on FB too! 🙂

  17. Megan Bird says

    Oh and I have you liked on facebook! Actually have for awhile! I adore your photography!

  18. I am a “liker” on FB! I like to say fan better!

  19. Erin B says

    I need this! The way you described trying to figure out the camera is EXACTLY how I feel. It is written in a foreign language – or seems like it! Maybe I will suggest this as a gift for Mother’s Day if I don’t win. 🙂

  20. Schiavonn says

    I am a liker on FB and twitter :0)
    I can not for the life of me read the manual for my camera. It bores me to sleep. lOl I need help… and I think your manual could do that. :0)
    .-= Schiavonn´s last blog ..Lovely Lisa and Petunia =-.

  21. rebecca.k says

    Congratulations on your new book! I am sure it will be a great success. 🙂

  22. Erin B says

    I “like” you on facebook.

  23. Meghan says

    I would LOVE to learn more about my camera and continue to grow as a photographer. Thanks for doing this!

  24. I need the Unmanual because of just that! I need to start taking most (if not all) of my pictures in manual instead of everything but! My love of photography started with my first born 2 years ago and I just got my first DSLR for Christmas and there is so much to learn! This would help me greatly!
    .-= Kristen Kleemann´s last blog ..{ My Gabe – 9 Months } =-.

  25. Lisa says

    I need NEED NEEEEED this manual!
    I’m dying to find my niche and break into the profession but…
    I don’t understand my manual. It could not possibly be in English.
    Lastly, if this manual is ANYTHING like the unposing guide then it must be off the charts good. PLEASE consider me!!!!!! I am am mom of 2 and a grossly underpaid teacher.

  26. Lauren Ericson says

    OK so i joined the tweeting world and you were my first tweet. I hope i did it right:

    “The UNmanual from @drew_b is here! Win one today! Enter at”

    If I win I will buy you a cupcake and volunteer to babysit!!! hahha

    Thanks a bunch

  27. Tanya says

    The day my son was born 10 months ago there was also a photographer born…well so I would like to be!!! I would love the opportunity to learn more!!

  28. Lauren Ericson says

    somehow Ericson_L didn’t show before my tweet?!?

  29. Amanda says

    I would love this UNmanual because I can’t understand the one that came with my camera I bought 2 years ago!! My son is 2 and baby #2 is due in August, so I don’t have time to take the classes I need! I would love to have a book I could understand!

  30. Sarah says

    WOW! what a gem that “un”manual is! Thanks so much for the giveaway…it’s much needed!

  31. Vanessa says

    I take photos of my baby girl every day, so for the sake of everyone looking at my blog and facebook I would love to have this unmanual. I need all the help I can get.
    .-= Vanessa´s last blog ..Look whose conquered the stairs =-.

  32. Chantal says

    I stumbled upon your blog and while I am too late for the giveaway, I can’t wait to read through your blog and completely plannning on purchasing your unmanual. Thank you.

  33. I have been looking for something that would simplify the process of using my camera on manual. I purchased a 50mm fixed lens and love it, but have not been able to get super sharp photos, I read everything I can but still struggling.
    I liked your Facebook page and I will follow you on instagram and twitter. So glad I found you, hope I win your book too!!