I met Alison on a sunny spring Friday morning in downtown St. Petersburg for a 1-on-1 DSLR Photography Lesson with her Canon 7D. Exactly one week earlier I met her friend Loni for the same type of photography lesson. Now that I have spent 2-hours with Alison as well, they can pool their knowledge and help each other continue what I taught them.
Alison had an 18-135mm lens for her Canon 7D which I suggested she think of as two lenses, an 18-50mm and a 50mm-135mm because when changing from one focal range to the other, the typical subject matter changes, and thus the aperture one would want to use likely would change also. For 18-50mm I recommended by default starting with f/11 and for 50mm-135mm to default to an aperture of f/5.6.
Alison will be having a baby soon (see photo above!) and wanted to learn how to use her Canon 7D for what I would estimate to be quite a few baby photos! Years from now having DSLR quality photos of her baby from the time of the baby's birth all through growing up will be of great value. Digital photography will revolutionize the personal human visual record of every day life. I often tell my students the story of how I have only one photograph of my first car, a 1979 Ford Mustang, something I loved more than pretty much anything. For a high school student today, it would be unimaginable to have only one photograph of their favorite thing. Such is the revolution of digital photography, and the culture of taking photos on a daily basis.