Today is the second day with 80 degrees. After Bailee washed her car the boys wanted to play in the water. So I played around with my camera too. learning how to brighten the picture without using my flash. Last weekend was my DSLR workshop. I loved it. The class focused on taking pictures manually. He uses only 2 settings and never automatic. I'm getting better, but I have to take a few pictures to get my ISO, aperture, and shutter speed right. He says to practice, practice, practice until it becomes boring and you don't need to think about it.
He also recommended a 50mm lens, f1.8. I've already ordered it and can't wait until it arrives in the mail. :)