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Fun weekend, new camera!!!

So, I just got this new camera, right...
(Thanks to those of you who commented and helped me figure out between the confusing options out there for DSLR cameras!)
Mine looks about like that.  So far I can tell it is WAY better than my old (four?-year-old?) point-and-shoot, but I don't really know how to use it yet.  All the settings and all... still figuring it out.  Need to check with some of my photographer friends about it.

But, when I went down to Eugene this weekend (100 or so miles south of where I live in Portland) to visit some friends, I brought the new camera and played around.

I was still doing without a flash... so had to hold very still.

But when I did a good job of not moving, the pictures look so pretty!!!

Thai food:

Checking out some scenic viewpoints around town (there are many... lots of hills and buttes and such!):

And, stopping at a rest area on the drive home...

It was a rain/sun/rain/sun/etc. kind of weekend in Oregon.  Hope you had a good one!

And, feel free to give me camera/photography tips whenever you like ;)


  1. Congrats on your new camera! I just picked up the Rebel T3i and am loving it so far. But like you, I still have a lot to learn! Enjoy!

  2. I was shocked how great my photo's instantly looked after buying a DSLR. I love the outcome and even with absolutely no skill I was able to create phenomenally better photos. I hope you share some of what you learn because I am still using my camera on auto... sigh.

  3. great camera. It takes really nice pictures. Yumooo to the food.

  4. Sounds like lots of us could learn more about photography! Thankfully there are a ton of good blog posts about it by more skilled blogger-photographers... if anyone has any suggestions of posts to check out, please share!

  5. You are gonna love this camera! Cannon is awesome!

  6. Anonymous5/17/2011

    Until I find back the links to where I've found helpful photography tips (I've got them saved somewhere), here is a blurb from when I was first learning about making the background blur out:

    Depth of field in its simplest is how quickly something goes out of focus. You control the depth of field by changing the aperture or ‘f’ settings. On my camera, to change just that and leave shutter speeds up to the camera, I set it to AV mode.

    This setting works a little backwards. If you have a small f stop, say f/1.4, the lens will have a larger opening for light, which means more light and a faster shutter speed. This will give you a shallow depth of field. In simple terms; it gets fuzzy really fast. The reverse is also true, if you have a bigger f stop, say f/22, the lens will have a very small opening for light; which means a slow shutter speed and less light is allowed in to expose the photo. This will give you a broader depth of field which means the photo stays sharper or in focus farther into the background.

    Please feel free to contact me if you want more information. I'm not an expert by any means. I just enjoy taking good photos.

    Good luck and remember, it's the person, not the camera that makes the photo great! Have fun!

  7. CONGRATS! I also recently bought the T3i and I looooove it! :o)

  8. Ree takes great pictures and gives easy to follow directions :) http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/category/basic-photography/what-the-heck/

  9. That's what I have and I love it!

  10. wowww... nice camera! :D

  11. ohhhhh, how exciting! I think thats the camera I just bought (if its the same as the 450d). great pics!



  12. I have the Rebel T2i and, although I do know about some of the more advanced settings, the camera is dummy-proof! Just set your light meter where you want it, and set your light source to match your environment (sun, shade, tungsten, etc.) and you're good to go! I keep my ISO on auto for most snapshots so I don't have to think about that. You're gonna have so much fun with that camera!!

  13. Have fun with the new camera! The ability to take photos in low light and not use a direct flash is one the the greatest in SLR, in my opinion.

  14. Thanks for the tips and links!!

    @ yarnikins, How do I set the light meter???



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