Rebel 101

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I was SO excited to take a photography course tonight.  This class was all about the Canon Rebel (I have the XS), and it was really helpful.  I think the biggest lesson I took away from the class was not to be afraid to play with the setting on the camera.  ItÒ€ℒs not going to break if you change the ISO! πŸ™‚


It was taught by one of the owners of the local camera shop.  For $35, I got a 3-hour crash-course in basic photography and what all the buttons on my camera mean.


I learned a lot, and IÒ€ℒll be sure to do a full recap of the class sometime next week!


One of the neatest things about the class was the variety of people there!  There were girls younger than me, older men, middle-aged women Γ’β‚¬β€œ a great mix.  I guess everyone likes to take pretty pictures!  The course definitely made me extremely excited to play with Rebella more.  I wish I had more people to take photographs of (instead of the dogs).  The Husband is SHY!


After class let out, I dashed to the nearby Whole Foods in an attempt to raid the hot bar before it was closed down.


I ALMOST got there in time!


I did manage to put together a semi-decent meals on the trays that were still available.  I had Chickpea Marsala (spicy!) with brown rice and mixed veggies.  I ate about half of this:


I practiced good carb loading this afternoon, donÒ€ℒt worry!  I had an apple:


A Clif Bar:


Granola and almond milk:


And several more servings (probably 2) of Cheddar Popcorn.  TOTAL MINDLESS EATING.  It was delicious though.  :)  CanÒ€ℒt go wrong with cheesy popcorn.


Well, kids Γ’β‚¬β€œ IÒ€ℒm off!  Sorry for the short and sweet post.  I need to pull together my race gear and prep for my Half Marathon!  Plus, IÒ€ℒve got to be awake at 4:45 AM Γ’β‚¬β€œ ugh.




See you with a race recap!



  • Wendy November 13, 2009, 10:18 pm

    I have total camera envy, and I don’t even take that many pictures! Glad you enjoyed the course. Good luck at your race tomorrow!!

  • maggie November 13, 2009, 10:26 pm

    yaya for carb loading! do you load back up after your long runs too?? or is it more of a before ritual?? i never know what to do?
    your granola always looks sooo good! mine never looks like that!
    I bought one of those cliffys today, the macadamia nut luna is not as good as i hoped. so maybe the cliff will be better!

    • caitlin November 14, 2009, 1:05 pm

      because my long runs have gotten so long, i have started to eat extra the day before and the day of now. there is no way i can eat back 1500 EXTRA calories in one day (but i sure as hell try to)

  • Matt November 13, 2009, 10:28 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!

    I love the Whole Foods hot bar πŸ™‚

  • Erin November 13, 2009, 10:28 pm

    I was playing with the Rebel at Office Depot yesterday — I want! Maybe if I’m a really good girl, Santa will reward me… πŸ˜‰

  • caronae November 13, 2009, 10:45 pm

    Good luck! You’ll be awesome!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 13, 2009, 10:49 pm

    Good luck!

  • Mica November 13, 2009, 10:55 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!

    That’s really great about the Canon class. The settings are definitely intimidating!

  • Hangry Pants November 13, 2009, 10:57 pm

    good luck tomorrow!

  • HipBunny November 13, 2009, 11:11 pm

    A new camera is on my Christmas List. =) The good thing is I get to help pick it out! Glad to get some info from you on the Rebel.
    Have a great race tomorrow!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 13, 2009, 11:21 pm

    Hunni hates having his picture taken. He always makes goofy faces. In fact most of our wedding pics are crazy because he have a weird look on his face. But Peanut and Leo love pics πŸ™‚

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) November 13, 2009, 11:34 pm

    Good luck on the race! I love reading recaps.

    I posted an Operation Beautiful note today because I was having a bad day. Picture in my blog! It totally cheered me up. πŸ™‚

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  • Kara November 14, 2009, 12:06 am

    Have a great race tomorrow!!! Don’t forget to listen to your body and take it easy if you need to πŸ™‚

  • BettyTheBalancer November 14, 2009, 12:14 am

    Best of luck from a long-time lurker! πŸ™‚

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 14, 2009, 12:16 am

    I hope you have a FAB race tomorrow!!!

  • Jill November 14, 2009, 12:21 am

    Good luck tomorrow!!!

  • BroccoliHut November 14, 2009, 12:23 am

    I never took a photography class in high school, but now I wish I had! Maybe I should look for one in my area…Good luck, chica!

  • Mama Pea November 14, 2009, 12:50 am

    Good luck in your race! Maybe your pictures will kick as much ass as you are going to!

  • Sally November 14, 2009, 12:55 am

    I have never seen anyone drunk comment…though I have seen drogging…so I am going to be the first…I am a Navy pilot…and you, Caitlin, are the shiz. Good Luck w/ run-run-running.

    • caitlin November 14, 2009, 1:06 pm

      hahah this was AWESOME.

  • Kelly November 14, 2009, 12:55 am

    God luck on your half tomorrow!!!! Can’t wait until the 10k! πŸ™‚

  • sophia November 14, 2009, 1:06 am

    Caitlin, do you see my green face? It’s neon green, because I am full of camera ENVY!!! your pictures look AMAZING, and I totally understand why you NEEDED to get that…at the Foodbuzz Fest, my little point-and-shoot camera seemed so…puny compared to the big-ass DSLRs of the other bloggers!

    Oh, and good luck tomorrow!!

    • caitlin November 14, 2009, 1:06 pm

      oh man i feel camera envy pains. although some P&S take really good pics!

  • Jen (Running With Cake) November 14, 2009, 1:15 am

    That’s awesome that you took a photog class! I’ve been wanting to do that as well. I’m not sure if they have classes for standard point and shoot digitals – like the Canon S90.

  • Annabananabomb November 14, 2009, 1:28 am

    good luck Cait! Sending many happy thoughts and positive thoughts for you to have a fun, fast, easy, pain free race…

  • Jenna November 14, 2009, 1:57 am

    good job on eating those carbs for the upcoming races!
    wow, 445 that is early but good luck tomorrow. you will rock it!

  • JAG November 14, 2009, 4:44 am

    Good luck honey, I hope you manage to stay injury free.

  • Gab* November 14, 2009, 6:17 am

    Really glad you got something out of it Caitlin! I got my Rebel almost 2 years ago and I’m still learning lots. I think Photography is one of those things where the sky’s the limit!! Certainly is in terms of how much money you can spend! πŸ™‚

    Best of luck with your races!

  • Kim November 14, 2009, 6:21 am

    Good luck in your half today!

    I would love to take a class on my Rebel! I am just now learning more about the buttons and how to take pics with the manual settings.

  • christie, honoring health November 14, 2009, 6:46 am

    Good luck with the race today!

  • Julie November 14, 2009, 7:08 am

    Good luck today Caitlin!! I can’t wait for the recap!

  • MelissaNibbles November 14, 2009, 7:12 am

    Good luck in your race! Rock that thang!!

  • Nicole November 14, 2009, 7:15 am

    Good luck!!

    I can’t wait to hear more about the class!

  • michelle November 14, 2009, 7:25 am

    Happy running today!!! I’ve got one tomorrow in FLL. πŸ™‚ I love half marathons! It’s actually the raceversary of my first race. In English- last year I ran this race as my first race ever. I ran it because it was the 3 monthversary since I quit smoking. This year it will be my 15 monthversary. πŸ™‚

    • caitlin November 14, 2009, 1:09 pm

      congrats on running AND quitting smoking. that is a huge accomplishment and you should definitely celebrate!

  • Karla November 14, 2009, 7:39 am

    At least you have dogs to take pictures of! I was fostering a dog and for some reason she was terrified of the camera! I wanted to take pictures of her but she would freak out and start shaking whenever I pointed the camera at her. Weird, right? You pictures are looking great!

    • caitlin November 14, 2009, 1:09 pm

      awww thats kind of sad! my aunt’s dog does the same thing.

  • Stacey November 14, 2009, 7:39 am

    That class sounds awesome! Happy half-marathon-ing! πŸ˜€ CAn’t wait to hear the recap!

  • Katie November 14, 2009, 7:43 am

    Good luck! Glad the class was good. My goal is to explore my camera more this weekend.

    I have NOTHING to take pictures of here it’s kinda sad!

  • Shannon November 14, 2009, 7:48 am

    Good luck! can’t wait for the recap!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) November 14, 2009, 8:14 am

    Good luck!!! Pace yourself!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) November 14, 2009, 8:57 am

    GOODLUCK today! Sending you positive vibes!

  • skinnyrunner November 14, 2009, 9:07 am

    whole foods has the BEST salad bar… so many good options. good luck with your race!

  • Diana November 14, 2009, 9:22 am

    I’ve never had cheesy popcorn, only sweet and salty :p

  • Evan Thomas November 14, 2009, 9:28 am

    Good luck in the race! And that’s great choices from the WF bar if you ask me

  • Sammi November 14, 2009, 9:32 am

    I can’t wait to hear about the race! I’m sure you’re leaving everyone in the dust! πŸ˜‰

    My man doesn’t let me take pictures of him either! He says no every time I try! He’s usually not shy at all though so I don’t know what is up with him when it comes to pictures for my blog πŸ™

  • Susan November 14, 2009, 9:34 am

    I’m defintiely late with this, but GOOD LUCK!! Can’t wait to hear about it later πŸ™‚

    I wish they offered classes on crappy 5-year-old kodaks πŸ˜›

  • Stephanie @ Foodie McFood November 14, 2009, 10:58 am

    You are probably done running by now, but GOOD LUCK! You can do it!

  • Jenny November 14, 2009, 11:19 am

    I have been really wanting to take a photography class since I got an SLR and don’t know how to use it πŸ˜‰ how did you find out about this class that you took??

    • caitlin November 14, 2009, 1:10 pm

      the local camera shop had an advertisement about it – do you have an arts college in your area? check that, too.

      • Jenny November 15, 2009, 10:18 am

        well I live in new york so sometimes it feels like there are too many that possible? And I just want something simple πŸ™‚ but i live next to FIT so maybe they have something – I’ll look into it!

  • Tania @ Moment Anew November 14, 2009, 11:55 am

    Wow, that is so inspiring! Pace yourself. Breathe. Believe in yourself! Your race will be a success no matter what. All the best!

  • Katie November 14, 2009, 12:44 pm

    good luck at your run!! and have a blast too!!

  • Nicole November 14, 2009, 1:03 pm

    Caitlin–I’m anxiously awaiting you race recap knowing full well you rocked it. I love your idea of negative splits and writing everything down so you don’t forget where you need to be. You rock. I still have a lot to learn about proper pacing too so I can’t wait to see how this worked out for you!!

    • caitlin November 14, 2009, 1:10 pm

      oh man i really appreciate your support! this comment is now highly ironic. πŸ™‚

  • Lisa November 14, 2009, 2:59 pm

    that class sounds fantastic! I only wish I had a camera that nice that deserves a class dedicated to it!

  • Jolene ( November 14, 2009, 7:14 pm

    4:45 – I have said it once, and I will say it again … you are a crazy woman.

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