Mods: I read the rules for the Pics, Pics, Pics forum, and I know this might not be the exact right spot for it, BUT, to goal is to learn to take better shots, which will involve motorcycles and scenery at one point. I typically try to stay out of Jo Momma, but if you insist on moving it there, I'll understand. This thread comes out of me starting this thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=636531 Long story short, I just want to learn to take the best possible shots I can, with my camera, a Canon SD850 is . Like many have mentioned, best thing to do is just start reading the owner's manual and experimenting with the features and settings. I am a pretty scientific guy, so that is the approach I am taking with this. I invite anyone to offer any advice they have...hopefully it's constructive. I also invite anyone to learn as I learn, and ask any questions of me or anyone else that offers advice. I will admit I am a total camera noob, and know very little. I did take a photography course back in college, to fulfill some credit requirement, but remember the girls in class, more than anything I was taught...although I did well. * If no notation is made for a setting, its in "auto". So, here we go: ISO 100 ISO 200 ISO 400 ISO 800 ISO AUTO, exp -2 ( camera range is -2 to +2, in thirds increments) ISO AUTO, exp +2 What I learned from these shots is, the ISO speed lets in more light, but does so as it makes the shot grainier. The exposure also effects the light....but differently. I wanna try the same shots, changing ISO and Exp at the same time. More to come in a little bit...similar experimenting with shots of the moon through the trees.