Practice makes...better. I've been taking an online photography class from an amazing photographer, Sheye Rosemeyer, her explore eye candy workshop, and today I finally got around to practicing a little bit. The first week focuses on the equipment--primarily understanding the functions of your camera and using it in manual mode. I have a pretty good understanding of how the camera works, but today was just the second time I've ever used our Canon in manual mode. I normally have it in AV mode (aperture priority). Using the camera in manual mode is actually really easy once you understand what's happening inside that fascinating piece of technology. I love fall, and all the leaves are starting to turn here, so I thought they'd make for good manual mode practice (well, leaves and some flowers too). For these pictures I used either a Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens or a Sigma macro 105mm f/2.8 lens. The course covers photoshop too, but alas, my computer and photoshop don't like each other right now, so I've processed these in Lightroom2.