Photog Class – Day Three

Very cool class yesterday. We talked about the Auto Focus modes on the rebel and I learned some cool stuff. First, I learned that my camera should make all those “zzzt zzzt zzzt” noises when I use AF Servo mode and that it’s not screwed up. Apparently this Auto Focus mode constantly readjusts focus assuming that the subject will be moving, i.e. sports photography. Second, learned that Single Shot (or One Shot) will hold focus as long as I hold down the shutter button. Way cool.

Also learned about white balance, which is neat, and found out how to change to the preconfigured settings. Going to make a habit of checking white balance each time camera is turned on. Don’t want to hose up stuff because of balance problems.

And finally, I’m debating on whether I should switch from JPEG to RAW. I learned more about RAW last night. I’ve got Photoshop so I can manipulate RAW images if I need to, but am not sure if I want to have both RAW and JPEGs of the same shots. Comments? Suggestions?



Added some shots I took last night as part of my homework. Also added a dog pic or two, one of which has Trey with snow on him…or at least what passes for snow in Mississippi.

Go here and look for the Photography Class set for the homework shots and The Dogs set for pictures of Trey and Fancy.

Photog class Day One

Went to my first class last night and it was incredibly interesting. First thing I noticed was that 90% of the class had some flavor of the Canon Digital Rebel. I was seated at a table of 6 and all of us had a Canon. The good news is that the instructor also shoots with a Canon so that’s cool.

We started out with the basics; f-stops, shutter speeds, and ISO. I finally understand what a “stop” is, how it’s used, and what it represents. I also understand the numbering scheme and how it relates to the size of the lens aperture. I know I learned this in high school, but it makes sense now. Plus, the instructor gave us a cool chart showing the f-stop and corresponding aperture size so I have that picture in my head. In addition, he showed us how adjusting one, two, or all three settings can affect how the photo turns out.

I also realized that using digital, I can change the ISO per picture unlike shooting film. That in itself is way cool.

My homework for this week is to set the camera on manual and go take photos. May go to a softball and/or baseball game tonight and give it a try. First thing I need to figure out is how to adjust the f-stop. 🙂


Hey, if anyone can find this camera lens in stock, I would be forever grateful. Everywhere I’ve looked, it’s out of stock or on backorder. Amazon kindly says “Available in 1 to 3 months”. Nice. The reviews say this is a kick ass lens for the price and it’s even got image stabilization.

Anyway, I’m looking for the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS for the Rebel XT.

Start scouring the internet Dear Reader!!

Takin’ pitchers

I signed up for some photography classes yesterday. My alma mater is offering two classes, Basic Photography for 4 weeks, then a Digital Photography class for another 4 weeks. Since Monday nights are free, I thought I’d sign up.

I took Basic Photography when I was in high school, but remember little about it. I know about film speeds and shutter speeds, but don’t remember much about f-stops and aperture settings and some of the more advanced beginner things. As one friend put it, “I want to be able to take great pictures in manual mode rather than always relying on auto mode”. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

The cool thing about the class is that it’s taught by a professional photographer instead of someone who just enjoys taking pictures. I’m really looking forward to it, especially since the class ends about 10 days before my Cancun trip.

So keep watching this space for some sample photos. If you’re interested in pictures I’ve already taken, head over here.