I'm currently reading Understanding Exposures (as recommended by many of you). So far I can't say I enjoy the author's writing. He seems very pompous, but then, that could just be me. Plus, while it felt like the beginning of the book was all about learning to shoot on manual, he VERY often states that he shot on aperture mode. AND despite his insistance on the "triangle," he seems to almost completly ignore ISO. I might not be to that section, though, I suppose. In any case, I've gleaned a few ideas to try, but there are at least a couple things I don't think he suitably explained (or I didn't understand them, or he will explain later). First off, he keeps saying in reference to his photos that he pointed the camera to the sky (or some other portion of the photo), got the appropriate shutter speed for the aperture, then recomposed the picture. Maybe I should reread my manual, but I don't recall it saying specifically how to do this. Do I press the shutter halfway, hold it, frame the shot and go? If so, that doesn't seem too practical when using a tripod... Second is the idea of how to focus with a large aperture (he uses f/22 a lot) such that everything is in sharp focus. He mentions setting the distance on the lens to 2 ft. or some such. However, on neither of my kit lenses do I see a designation of distance (nor, if I recall is there one on my 50mm f/1.8). First off, how does one determine which distance to focus with each lens (he gives only two examples with no explanation of how he came up with that), and second, without a distance option, how does one do this? I tried today while on my outing in Yakima Canyon (see my other post) and failed miserably. Thanks for your help!