Photography Assistance

I’ve never been a great photographer. It’s not that I don’t have the skills; I’ve just never dedicated much time to learning about the in-depth parts of shooting with a DSLR. In high school, I took a photography course (which threatened to derail my GPA, no joke), but we learned on old-school-style cameras. I used a Pentax K1000. It was actually a lot of fun, because we got to develop the photos ourselves, use filters, and generally mess around in a dark room, which—when you’re 17—is actually a lot of fun.

Well, I think I posted on Facebook a while back that it’d be nice to have a DSLR for Europe, because if you can’t find a good use for a nice camera in Europe, where can you? (Right?) Well, my parents have given Mario and me a Canon Rebel T3i.


Having experience with my mother’s older version of the Canon Rebel helps, but I’m still ready to go more in depth, to learn more about depth of field and lighting and RAW vs. JPEG.

So, since it worked so well last time, readers, please give me any advice that you may have. I know many of you own DSLRs, and I’ve seen your pictures. Do you have any suggestions? For example: tutorials, websites, books, ideas for practice, etc. I’d like to get in a lot of practice and knowledge before our trip to Italy. Thanks!

11 thoughts on “Photography Assistance

  1. So exciting! That is a great camera, so jealous! I wholeheartedly recommend the Getting Out of Auto Tutorial:

    It is so worth the small price and is really great for total beginners up to intermediates. I think it has helped me a lot over the past few months. Other than that, just take tons of pictures and keep playing around with the settings. If you plan to take any night pictures you might want to look into a small tripod. Also, I’m not sure what lens you have with it, but possibly look into a second lens, like a close up macro one or a wide angle.

    Jealous also that you’ll be going to Italy! Ahhh!

  2. I’m still a beginning photographer, and I used Jeff Revell’s book ‘From Snapshots to Great Shots.’ He has a couple editions geared towards specific camera models so he shows you where everything is on your camera. The book covers pretty much everything, and at the end of every chapter, he has little assignments to help you out. I’m not a fabulous photographer (yet!), but I definitely saw my pictures improve a TON after going through the book.

    Here’s the Amazon link:

  3. When I first started using manual on my DSLR I took the good advice from the Pioneer Woman in a series she wrote a while back called “What the heck is aperture”…its really, really great!!! (…once you get the basics on that you can start experimenting with shutter speed and aperture…then white balance…it’s really simple and since I’ve gone manual, I have not looked back (however intimidating at first). My photos truly thank me!

  4. I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now and enjoy reading it so thanks!

    I lived in Germany for 8 months and traveled all over the place while taking photos on my nikon DSLR. See my facebook for travel photo ideas.

    Also, I have found to be the best resource for learning photography. It cost around, i think, 13 bucks a month but you get hundreds of titles to choose from and I think you have a trial version to check out the site.

    on a side note, I met the love of my life in Germany and I share a long distance relationship with her like you do with Mario. I like your blogs on being in a relationship with someone from europe. We share similar relationship traits.

    Keep up the good work!

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