Sep 14, 2012

a beginner's guide to portrait photography // review + giveaway

hullo, dear friends! the lovely Miss Lauren Hope, authoress of A Corner Pillar, has launched her new e-book! and in celebration, she has most graciously allowed me to write up a review of it! 
before I write up my review of Lauren's lovely e-book, I wanted to say that, I am the girl who just jumped into photography, doing little research {sadly} on the art, and wanted to take JUST good pictures {well, the best pictures that one can take with a DSLR on auto setting} knowing anything would be better than my previous point-and-shoot stills. these past few months, I have become very displeased with my photographs and have taken a bit of "a break" from the pastime {I know, shocking!!}, but Miss Lauren's helpful photography e-book has inspired me to really get to know my equipment to be able to take better photographs! 

"This ebook has been written specifically for budding photographers. It speaks to a wide range of topics, such
as posing your subjects, shooting in manual mode, getting
perfect expressions, photographing children, shooting in
various types of lighting, pleasing picture composition,
and much more!" 
{for more information visit here}  

overall, I HIGHLY recommend this wonderful e-book. this book is made up of 26 short chapters - but just because they are short does not mean they are merely trivial facts. each chapter can be clearly understood and are chalk full of helpful to-the-point information for beginner photographers, sprinkled generously with advice from Lauren's personal experiences. it has been so helpful and inspiring for me personally that I can't wait to jump outside and start clicking away on my shutter again. ;) 

>>---- the giveaway ----> 
to top it all off, Miss Lauren has most generously contributed a copy of her e-book as a giveaway prize!   


UPDATE >> giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Miss Sarah!!!! 

isn't that sweet? special thanks to Lauren, for allowing me to review her e-book and host a giveaway!

giveaway ends September 19th and will be announced soon thereafter.

xoxo,
Grace

*disclaimer, I was not paid to do this review and all thoughts and writings are my own. images are property of Lauren Hope of A Corner Pillar

51 comments:

  1. I'd love to learn more photography in general, but I am especially interested in the chapters about hazy light and silhouettes :)

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  2. I follow Lauren's blog already...

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  3. I bought her e-book a while back and LOVED it!! I learned so much, and she explained everything so well. What a wonderful giveaway!:)

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  4. This book looks wonderful! I would like to learn more about posing subjects for photos.

    Hugs,
    Emily.

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  5. I look forward to learning more about posing my subjects and getting the right lighting.

    Looks great!
    Genevieve
    jenny(at)ykwc(dot)net

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  6. I follow your blog!

    Genevieve
    jenny(at)ykwc(dot)net

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  7. I follow Lauren's blog already and I follow you, my dear.

    Hugs,
    Emily.

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  8. I would like to learn more about better lighting and more natural poses for my subjects...

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  9. I need to learn about posing my subjects.

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  10. i'd love to learn about the lighting and bokeh!

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  11. This looks like a wonderful resource! Can I just say I would love to learn everything Lauren has to share...? :)

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  12. I want to learn anything about photography!

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  13. My sister just got a DSLR and I borrow it often, trying to enhance my photography skills. For a long time now, I've been wanting to learn more about taking portraits. No doubt this book will be a great help!

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  14. I would like to learn more about silhouettes

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  15. I'm interested in chapter 21!

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  16. I want to learn more about lighting! :)

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  17. I follow you as Emma Wright via GFC!

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  18. I would like to lean how to be more creative in my photography.

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  19. Miss Lauren's book is so helpful and truly an encouragement! May the winner of her writings be immensly blessed.... ;)

    Blessings,
    ~Shannon~

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  20. Awesome giveaway Grace, thanks for hosting! I photograph for fun but have thought about using my photos as a possible career, so the thing I'd like to learn the most about photography is simply how to improve my skills more so that maybe I could make a little business out of my photos! :) Also, I'm very curious as to what Lauren's 'genius organization method' is!

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  21. I would love to learn anything! I'm a beginner, so I would love to learn the basic skills.

    In Christ,
    Grace

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  22. Honestly, I would love to learn alot. Especially about portrait photography. I'm pretty good and plants and animals, but for some reason my people-pictures never really turn out right. I'm looking forward to it! :D

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  23. ...And I already follow A Corner Pillar and your Garden walk! :D

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  24. I want to learn how to focus in the right way.

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  25. I would love to learn more about lighting when photographing people

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  26. I would like to learn more about shutter speed, exposure, and ISO, as well as posing ideas, capturing movement, and shooting in low light. Thanks for this great give-away!

    Soli Deo Gloria!

    -Kyrie<><

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  27. I already follow your blog :)

    Soli Deo Gloria!

    -Kyrie<><

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  28. I couldn't find a "Follow" button at the top of her blog like there usually is, so I bookmarked it. Hope that counts! She has a wonderful blog!

    Soli Deo Gloria!

    -Kyrie<><

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  29. Posing and lighting. :)

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  30. This book sounds wonderful! I don't know hardly anything about photography but have wanted to learn for some time now. I would love to read about, learn, & use everything Lauren writes about in her book.

    ~Camille M.

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  31. I follow you, dear Grace, & I'm sooo happy you're back!!!

    ~Camille M.

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  32. This book sounds wonderful! I don't know hardly anything about photography but have wanted to learn for some time now. I would love to read about, learn, & use everything Lauren writes about in her book.

    ~Camille M.

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  33. I follow Lauren's blog!

    ~Camille M.

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  34. I follow via Bloglovin' - I love your blog. =)

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  35. I could use some help with lighting. I am just a beginner and need some concrete tips.

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  36. I'd love to learn more about taking pictures! It's one of my many hobbies.

    I already follow Lauren's blog!

    And, well...I already follow yours, too. :D

    Blessings,
    Esther
    (joyful-maiden.blogspot.com)

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