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So You Bought a Rebel...


If you're like me, you love to capture life moments in pictures, and after seeing how great others pics were turning out with the new SLR cameras, you wanted one too. They are what the professionals use - and now we can all get great pictures too, right?

Well, photography, as I've learned over the past year with my Rebel, is definitely a learned art. It's trial and error, good subjects, great backdrops, ever better angles and a little editing as well.

Although I'd love to take a class in digital photography, I just haven't been able to devote the time, so I've managed to teach myself some tricks through online research, tips from fellow photographers and some of the great magazines that are out there dedicated to SLR photography.

At the request of several other new Rebel owners, who shall remain nameless until they decide to come forward, I volunteered to put together some of the things I've learned over the past year, with follow-up photo contests for each new tip. Then we can all vote on which photo you like best, why, and maybe we'll even get some guest posts from some professionals who are willing to give us the official word on how to get great pics. I will put a disclaimer out there that I am not a professional, nor do I think I'm all that when it comes to photography, but I do think I've learned a lot that I'd love to share!

What do you think? Who's in? And if you're willing to be a guest poster on photography tips, contact me via e-mail and we'd love to have you!


  1. I have no tips to share but I'd love to read others' tips! I've had my camera for less than a year, and I'm afraid I don't practice enough with it, but I want to!

  2. while you may not be a "professional," i think you have done AMAZING things with your canon rebel and i am always so impressed with what you capture. we know you have gorgeous subjects (as do I with my little man) but you make your subjects look amazing! so.... i'm in.

  3. Im definitely in...need some help with my rebel, i feel like the book I bought infers that any random person would know more than I did when I got this camera, so this will be PERFECT! Thanks!

  4. I have a rebel and nothing to share/ha
    Would love to learn!!!!!
    Please count me in!!

  5. LOVE the idea! I have a new rebel and would absolutely love someone telling me how to use it!!

  6. This is a great idea! I can't wait to read your tips. Your photos are amazing.

  7. What a beautiful picture! I love your idea of posting photography tips and having the photo contest! I just did one and although I did not win, it was fun. I would love so much to continue learning to take better pictures. :o)

  8. I've had a rebel for almost 2 years (so basically it's outdated by now - ha!) and am totally clueless as to it's bells and whistles. I'm in....but only as a tip taker, not as a giver. The photo store I bought my camera from offered a free 1/2 day workshop and of course I've not gone.

  9. I just discovered your blog and I'm very excited about this post! I'm always looking to improve my photography skills so I can't wait to read what everyone has to say.

  10. I am definitely in!! Thank you so much for doing this =)

  11. Better late than never! I'm in! This is just what I need. I've had my camera for a while but I'm still very basic. I'll try to catch up to where you guys are in the meantime. Thanks for doing this!!

  12. Hi there! I came across your blog and I am so excited! I have a Canon also and love photography. I am 38 and I want to be a photographer when I grow up! I know I am late to this blog, but would love to be a part!


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