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This is all so VERY helpful. I'm in the market (my Christmas wish list) for my very first SLR camera. I just got a new point and shoot last year at this time, but I'm envious of all the awesome pics everyone gets with their SLRs. Anyway, looking at the Canon Rebel XTi. Can you tell me how to tell the lowest aperture available on a lens when its description says EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM?

Lisa aka Mylerna


I just want to say thank you for these tutorials. I love taking pictures and have come up with some great shots, but I find the "photo" books boring and struggled with many of the concepts you have covered. I appreciate your layman way of talking about these items and want you know that you have made more sense than several "photo" books I have read. Wish I lived near and I would come to the class!

Again Thank YOU for taking the time to do this for us.

Lisa aka Mylerna

Sheila Brame

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You have given me the best photo taking advice ever. I have a fairly new camera that I haven't really read through the owners manual, I have just been playing around with it. You totally explained to me whi most of my pictures look better when I take them in the A or ISO mode!
PLEASE come to St. Helens and do a photography taking class. I will drop everything to be there, and I know a couple of other people off the top of my head who would also. I am going to bug Pat until she convinces you, so SEE YOU SOON!!!


Thank you so much for taking the time to share this. I've read so many things online but nothing else has made it as clear in such straight-forward language!


thank you SO MUCH for all of your helpful information this week. i was wondering, does your tamron lense have an image stabilizer. i'm in the market for something other than my kit lens and this sounds like a good one, but i really want an image stabilizer.
thanks again,

Kelly Bryan

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You just made a concept I have always struggled to understand much more clear. Thanks for taking the time to share all of this wonderful information!


What an awesome tutorial! Y'know, I took photography classes for two years in high school, and I think I just learned more from the 5 minutes spent reading your blog. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge :)


I have taken several photography classes in and out of college. I am ashamed to say that I still shoot on pre-programed modes. I just never got the number part of it. I have learned more from scrapbooker/photographers than I ever learned in those other classes. Now my photograpy is in art competitions and show! Thank you! Thank you!

Sarah Murphy

Can i just say how awesome you are!! thank you so much for explaining all this... It is a wish come true. I have looked at other photography sights and read the software that came with my camera but you have explained it best. thank you so much.

Anna-Marie Still

Really helpful info!! I'm going to be investing in either a Cannon Rebel or 20D/30D in the next few weeks and have been wondering which lenses/features etc would be wisest to start with considering the work I want to do in the SB industry. I've been reading some Photography Magazines to try to help me decipher what I should get - but your info makes it plain and clear without any potential for corporate loyalty to sway me one way or the other! Thanks so much for sharing all you do - it will come back at you ten-fold!

Daniel Greene

Hey, it looks like you've already been thanked plenty for your helpful posts, but I'm adding my thanks anyway. I read this and a few other posts and found them helpful and enjoyable to read.

I found your post by Googling "ideal f-stop aperture situations". I got a Canon Rebel XTi a few weeks ago, and I'm learning so many new things every day and loving it.


Hi! Big fan and am happy to report that I just got the Digital Rebel XTi for Mother's Day. Struggling to figure out what lens to get. I definitely want to be able to achieve the depth-of-field to make my photos more interesting and want to be able to shoot in low light too. I was given the 17-85mm f/4-5.6 lens but am thinking of swapping it for the 50mm f/1.4. Being as I'm completely new to all this (photo classes coming, thankfully!), can I get your opinion? Right now I just prefer to have one lens (until I know what I'm doing) and am trying to find the best one for my needs. Any thoughts? (By the way, you have awesome product...congrats to you!)


oops - Thanks!


Brilliant site. Just stumbled across and can't get over how you have made confusing things wuch as f.stops so easy to understand. Thanks


Thanks for this, great photography and really helped with my IT coursework (:

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