The secret to taking better photos

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Remember how I told you that ShotRockers had a little surprise for you today?  Make sure you read all the way to the end for an awesome giveaway and a HUGE discount!

Are you ready for a little confession?  Two years ago for Mother’s Day, I convinced my husband that he needed to buy me a nice camera.  I was sick and tired of going really cool places and only having crappy photos to show for it.  So of course, I needed a good camera to solve my problem.

Andrew being the sweetheart that he is, bought me an entry-level DSLR camera.  And guess what?  My pictures still sucked.  Okay, they didn’t suck as bad as before, but they still were not what I had hoped.  Problem?  AUTO MODE!  Yes.  It turns out that auto mode is just plain mediocre on pretty much any camera.  Um, yes, I spent all sorts of money on a camera and it was pretty much a waste because I didn’t know how to use it.

 After time, my brother (a photo pro) started to teach me how to really use my camera.  It was great.  My pictures were starting to get better and most important, my confidence was going up.  It still wasn’t enough.  I considered taking a community college course, but after seeing the $350 price tag, I ran away.  I would have to settle for picking up random tips here and there on blogs.

That is until I learned about ShotRockers.  You got a brief introduction to them yesterday, but honestly, I cannot say enough good things about them.  They changed my photography skills for life and finally gave me the tools I needed to really get the most out of my fancy camera.

You see, I love the whole site but the coolest thing about ShotRockers is their video courses.  I took The Beginners Guide to Better Photos, and it was perfect.  It started at the most basic understanding of photography, light and composition and walked me through exactly what I needed to learn.  As I progressed, the classes got more and more specialized eventually learning how to edit, take portraits and finally achieve the amazing landscape shots I was longing after.

I decided to take it on as a month-long endeavour.  Each of the classes is about 15 minutes long so it only took a few minutes before the kids were awake to watch my class (there are 28 classes).  Then while it was fresh on my mind during the day, I practiced, and practiced, and practiced.  Yes, my memory card was filling up fast, and my kids quickly grew accustomed to seeing my camera constantly in my hands.  The amazing thing is that it paid off.  My pictures are getting better, and I’m loving it.

Seriously, if you have a camera that you’re not completely comfortable with, sign up for this class NOW.  I cannot believe how much I was missing out on by not knowing how to use my camera well.  The thing that I especially loved is that the folks over at ShotRockers were sincerely interested in helping me.  Several times I had questions about what I learned and the instructor was more than happy to answer my questions (via email) and follow-up to make sure I was getting the best shots I could.

I can’t wait to explore more this summer and really put my skills to the test as we explore all over the mountains and rivers this summer.  I still have so much to learn, but its going to be awesome.

Okay, I know that this is really unlike me to gush so much about a product, but this has really really helped me and hopefully it will help you too.  Since our friends at ShotRockers are so awesome, they’re giving away a 1-year subscription to the course Beginners Guide to Better Photos.  Also, to help kick off the summer right, they are offering 50% off their course to all Bring The Kids readers (go here to use discount).  That gives you access to the whole course for only $59 – that’s just over $2/class!  What are you waiting for?  Sign up today!  (If you purchase the course and then win, ShotRockers will refund your course fees).

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