From Auto to Manual: New Camera with New Tricks

I can’t believe I forgot to tell you…I got a NEW CAMERA!

Yes, I’ve been wanting one for a long time and my hubby got me my very own DSLR Canon T2i for Christmas with an 18-55mm lens!

I picked a Canon since my brother in law is a professional photographer and he has a couple of Canon lenses that I can borrow! Can’t wait to get my hands on his wide angle lens!

I’ve been having a blast playing around with it for the past couple of weeks. My biggest obstacle? Switching from auto to manual. Plus turning off the flash of course! And man, does it make a HUGE difference!!

Luckily I have a mini-model on hand who helps me test out my new camera settings. And she’s a girl of a million faces! Oh, and these are the raw files (no adjusting at all!).


Looking for some great photography tips? I picked some up from from Centsational Girl via these two series:

The first series is 10 Basics for Better Home Photography.

And her second series is Tips for Magazine Quality Photography. It follows Matthew Mead, the incredible stylist, writer, author, and photographer behind Holiday Magazine

Hopefully my photography will begin to improve in these next couple of months! I’m not promising an overnight transformation, mostly because I work my full time job from sun up to sun down so there’s often times no natural light in my photos.

Oh, I can’t wait for Daylight Savings to end! I’m ready for Spring, are you?



  1. says

    Congratulations on the new gadget! And your “model” is just adorable! I’m sort of ready for Spring, but also would love for the cold to stick around a liiittle longer. :-) Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    I also have the T2i and really like it! I am always trying to learn how to take better photos so I will be checking out those tips you linked to. Thanks for sharing!

    • howtonestforless says

      Very cool! You’ll have to let me know if you come across any great tutorials or tips for the camera.

  3. says

    Fun! Adorable pics of your little girl, always nice to have a cute subject to practice with. I also just got a new camera, I got the t3i and am also hoping to learn a lot of tips and tricks with my camera. Thanks for sharing the links!

    • howtonestforless says

      Thanks Ange! I had a hard time choosing between the t3i and the t2i. I’m guessing they’re quite similar though!

  4. says

    Congrats! You and I are in the same boat-trying to figure out how to take decent pictures in manual on a new camera. Sometimes it’s so much easier to just switch it into Auto mode but I’m trying to stop myself from doing that and to really learn how to take great pictures in manual.

    Good luck!

    Newlyweds on a Budget

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