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Learning More about the Canon T5

I upgraded my camera to the Canon T5 back in December. I have been having so much fun discovering the world of the Canon DSLR, but I am just scratching the surface. I know many of you have also upgraded (or are thinking about upgrading to a DSLR), so I am sharing my learning process as I go. Here are a few things I have learned about the Canon EOS Rebel T5 in the last 6 weeks.


Learning More about the Canon T5

This past weekend we had some beautiful snow. Of course, I didn’t waste anytime going out to take some pictures! Did you see the pictures of our first January snow in Kentucky

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Each Lens Serves a Unique Function

I bought a kit in December that came with the Canon EF 75-300mm. This is not my favorite lens yet. It is heavy, bulky and hard to control. I have used it a few times to try to capture the red birds in my back yard but even on a tripod it’s shaky and hard to keep completely still.


I’ve been trying the breathing technique where you breathe in completely, snap the picture and then exhale to minimize movement. That helps, but with this zoom lens it’s still hard to get rid of all shakes. Got any tips?

Love when the red birds come in for winter snacks #birdwatching #colorsofwinter #feedthebirds

A photo posted by Sharon (@hobbiesonabudget) on

I bought the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens a few weeks ago and have really fallen in love with this lens for food, craft and up close pictures. The best thing it does for me is give my food the blurry background that looks so beautiful in food shots. Look at this picture of my blueberries. It’s not perfect by a long shot, but this is the best blueberries I’ve ever taken a picture of. I love the way it blurs out my back yard and just gives a soft backdrop for my food.


I saw some dewdrops a few mornings ago on the tree limbs and went out to experiment with some more pictures. I love how these turned out!


The Canon EF-S 18-55mm is my favorite all-round lens so far. I use this lens when I am taking general pictures with the family or full pictures. It allows me to get up close or get a bit wider angle so I can get more of the event in my frame.


The Manual settings are still Greek.

After 6 weeks of using the Canon T5, I’m still completely clueless how to manually adjust the settings, the ISO, aperature or white balance. I’ve been watching youtube videos, going through photography courses and talking to friends who know more than I do, but it’s just not sinking in… yet.

When I’m out taking pictures, I have been experimenting with the different settings on the camera. I will rotate the knob and try the different presets, but so far it’s not really making much sense. I think I need to find a real person who can sit down with me and show me the basics of the manual settings.

Don’t be afraid to experiment

I pulled out a Black and Silver Diffuser Umbrella that I had found and decided to experiment with the way the light would bounce off the reflective surface. I don’t think this is quite the way you are ‘supposed’ to use a diffuser umbrella, but it sure did give a fun effect (and we had so much fun playing around!)

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Have you ever wondered what the inside of an empty peanut butter jar would look like if you took a picture? You don’t need to wonder anymore. I did it for you. I won’t show you the other 45 pictures of peanut butter that I took just for fun one day!


My family has laughed at me so much in the past 6 weeks. In fact, my 10 year old daughter has given me the hardest time.

This is Mom everyone: “Oh look – I’ve never seen a bird that looks like that on a bird feeder, let me take 30 pictures and see what happens. Oh wow, look at the sun setting over the trees. Let’s see what happens when I take that picture 15 times. I wonder what would happen if I try to take a picture of my kids 300 times but I change the setting each time….

Yes…. I’ve been having fun experimenting with this new Canon T5. Fortunately, my family has been a good sport and I’ve been able to capture some fun memories!

The more you know….the more you Critique

The #1 thing I have learned over the past few weeks is that the more I know about photography (which isn’t much), the more I critique myself. I am rarely satisfied with each shot, but I am not beating myself up over imperfect lighting, shadows or lack of knowledge. This is a hobby that I love right now. I love that I am capturing the moments of my life and my family. I have memories that I can look back on and enjoy for years to come.

I’ll keep you updated on my process, but for now, I’ve got to go do some more practice!

Do you have a DSLR? Got any tips for this super beginner? I’d love to hear!

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