Hello everyone, new to the forum and photography. Ive always been interested in photography and like taking pictures, though never got around to getting my own DSLR, that ive always wanted. One of my hobbies of reef aquariums , involves alot of coral photography which ive been doing with my smart phone. For the past year or more now Ive been looking to taking this to the next level and been in the search for a cheap, good, used, Canon t3 or t2i DSLR. Christmas comes around and im surprised with a new canon t5, 18-55mm lens kit. Super ecstatic to finally get a DSLR. Right off the bat purchased a nice cheap tripod, a lens cleaning kit, a UV filter, and remote bulb for extra long exposures. Been doing alot of shooting lately of not only my aquarium but just about everything I can. lol Read lots of articles and information online on how a DSLR works to get a better under standing on what each setting does. Started off shooting under AV mode now finally able to shoot under MANUAL and have full control. Been only about 3 months since getting into photography and shooting, I feel ive greatly improved already, but I know there is so much more to learn. Looking into a few new lens such as the "nifty fifty" and a nice macro lens to purchase soon. Hoping to learn alot and improve from this forum. Here are some of my shots: Please feel free to comment and point out any dislike or likes.