Visiting all the way from Canada, I met Jenn & her daughter at Johns Pass Village for a very enjoyable DSLR photography lesson. They definitely perpetuate the idea that all Canadians are very nice people! We started out talking about how to set their Canon cameras to shoot in manual mode and why one wants to shoot in manual mode in the first place. They had been bouncing around using the various scene modes and sometimes semi-auto modes like aperture priority without really doing it on purprose. I assured them that those scene modes could be left behind and demonstrated that by checking out the supposed "sports" mode. It set the camera to shutter speeds ranging from 1/320th to 1/400th of a second! That is way below the minimum 1/500th needed to freeze sports action. Hence, scene modes are useless and not to ever be used.
Coming down off the boardwalk we found an egret that did not mind being photographed (see above) and it allowed Jenn & her daughter to practice both changing settings (we were photographing fast action before) and how to get in best position to photograph a subject.
They will be in Florida for over another week so I may meet them again for a second lesson.