So my beautiful wife signed me up for photography classes as part of my Christmas gift this year and I had the first class this last Wednesday. I have to say - I'm pretty excited. I've been geeking out about photography for the past 15 months (since I got my camera) reading blogs, checking out all the equipment I would like to buy, etc. The first class was about what I had expected a beginner's class would be. She covered the basics of a DSLR camera and got a feel for what everyone expected out of the class, but some of the topics that she said we would be discussing are exactly what I am wanting. Sections on lighting and composition, flashes, RAW vs JPEG. For our first class she told us she wanted us to use some of the other setting on our camera. I have been primarily Manual ever since I started reading the aforementioned blogs and they said the only way to really learn the basics is to use Manual.
Anyway, I went out last night with Elena and decided to use the Program setting. I think I really like it for some basic photography. Benefits of Program would be that it is almost all Auto. I don't have to worry about shutter speed or aperture. I only worry about ISO and white balance. A downfall would be that Program mode would not be good for action shots of Elena (since that is how she rolls right now.) =) These pictures were taken at my parent's house with my dad's new Canon T3i (I'm a little jealous.)