New Pictures and a Camera Guide…

I get asked all the time- “What kind of camera do you use?” Currently I have a Canon Digital Rebel XTi with three lenses- a Canon 85mm f/1.8, a Canon 70-200mm f/4.0L , and a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. My favorite lens is the 85mm, but my most versatile lens is the Tamron. I hope to upgrade it soon. :)

With Christmas coming up, I know there are quite a few of you out there hoping to find an XTi under the tree. And if this is your first SLR, you’ll quickly find that it’s not called a point and shoot for a reason! :) I wrote up a very basic guide to hopefully help you better understand SLR photography and be able to get the most out of your new SLR camera so you don’t have to keep it in Auto mode all the time!

A Quick Guide to Using Your Canon Digital Rebel XTi

And now to the fun stuff. I added two new pics! :) Check them out by clicking below. :)

Thanks for looking! :)

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10 Responses
  1. Morgan

    Hi Amanda,
    Thank you so much for this guide! It’s really helpful.
    I was just wondering what kind of photo editing software you use?

  2. Taryn

    LOVE your site…and check in often! I also love your recent family photo! The dogs look so adorable!! I love their outfits. I too love dressing our dogs, but they are both big breeds (one is still a puppy) and it is hard to find clothes that fit them! Anyway, I love your site! Feel free to check out our site:

  3. Sarah

    This is my first time visiting your site, Amanda… I have to say you are an inspiration!! I am definitely adding your site to my favorites!


    THANKS, for the awesome camera guise, I am getting a rebel for Christmas and have no idea, how to use it, thanks for the great tips.

  5. Colby

    God bless you for posting this camera guide! I just got my XTI after Thanksgiving, and with all the holiday ordeals going on (shopping, get-togethers, wrapping, etc.) I still haven’t had a chance to sit down and really try to figure out my new camera. So, guess what I’ll be doing on my Christmas vacation? LOL. Thanks so much for posting the guide—I am printing it as I type this. I am stoked to find out that this is the same camera you use. You always have fabulous photos! Thanks for sharing the info.! Merry Christmas!

  6. Gloria

    Thank you ever so much for posting the camera guide! Can’t wait to get practicing and improving my photo shots! Your pics are awesome….thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Tracy Perry

    Hi Amanda, I’ve been “lurking” on your website for a couple of years now! I just LOVE all that you do. Your scraproom is to die for & you have such great ideas! Thanks so much for the XTi info. Hopefully Santa is going to have one in my stocking this year. I have a Canon Rebel, which I love, but I’ve finally decided I want to go digital. I hope you & your family have a very Merry Christmas!
    Tracy Perry
    Clay, Alabama

  8. Gail Evans

    Love what you are doing with the fonts. Keep up the great shots. Love that girl Miley and boy of boys Howie.
    Love and Merry Christmas,
    Gail & Henry & all on Happy Hill

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