This is the camera to use with a lens that is pretty useful for a standard lens. You can see mostly wide with this lens. Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera and DIGIC 4 Imaging with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
This was the lens that was most useful to Dan. He could see far and wide with it. Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
This is the extremely close up lens that got the grains of sand. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
This was the “prime” lens Dan didn’t seem to interested in: Canon EF 50mm f1.4
This is the best book for you guys to learn more and apply what you’ve learned: BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro
Here is a basic summary of what we discussed. The Better Photo book above will help you build skills.
1) Camera basics: SLR
-ISO This measures sensitivity to light. The higher the number, the lower the amount of light you need to take a correctly exposed picture.
-Shutter Speed – This is how your camera determines how long your shutter is open for. The longer its open, the more light comes it. The brighter it is, the higher the shutterspeed can be.
– Aperture – this is how much light your lens lets in, and how blurry the background is. The lower the number, the more light is let in, and the more blurry the out of focus parts are.
2) Choosing lenses
-prime – this is one fixed length – Canon EF 50mm f1.4
-macro – gets things REALLY close up (like the sand) : Canon EF 100mm f/2.8
-wide zoom – multi purpose. You can go wide or far: Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
3) Composing images
When you are composing images remember to look through the viewfind, and not the screen!
– Remember the Rule of 3rds! Don’t put stuff in the middle, because its boring!