In an effort to "get smaaht" about my new best bud, Steve, I went and got some learnin.
And now, while I "get it", what I don't get is why stuff doesn't "work" when I try "stuff" when I get home.
The class was helpful and I did learn some things that I wouldn't not have found in the manual. And a few had I read a little more ("Oh, so that thing adjusts the shutter speed? Huh, ...how 'bout that?").
Shoot in the lowest ISO speed possible (that you are able to get away with).
For the love of God, USE A FILTER.
Shoot in RAW + JPEG (which I get why now, but seeing the RAW as compared to the low quality JPEGs, The JPEGs look better to me(specifically the color). WHy? Why is that??)
Reformat your memory card after each uploading to the computer.
Back up your stuff OFF your computer (uh, maybe I sorta already knew this one and just haven't gotten around to uh doing...that. Or buying the thing that backs it up. I've been...busy. Yeah, that's sounds reasonable.)
Naturally, after 3 hours there's more to but it probably doesn't translate into riveting reading.
Anyway, all I can tell you is working in Manual Mode and Depth of Field is going to make me weep. Openly.
On a lighter note, my first "arty" shot with the D80 which looks nothing like I was hoping it would by the way but as is the mantra of most greats (I'm sure Ansel Adams muttered this one or twice under his breath), "fuck it".
I call this "Mother, may I sleep with danger?"
Oh, and the deal with red eye? It is actually the pools of blood behind your eyes being illuminated by the flash. Ew, gross.