It is thanks to her blog that I have officially switched from auto to manual almost exclusively and really understanding the balance between all the various 'pieces' that bring the camera into functioning mode. Already from when I took the picture that is featured over on her page I've improved leaps and bounds in my sharpness and achieving it with some regularity.
Like yesterday (today? I haven't slept yet and it's 1am... so you decide.) I snapped this picture below of
Hard to tell? Here let me zoom in for you. :) There is a tiny tiny fraction of motion blur - but it's so minimal - that with a preschooler I think that's the sharpest you're ever going to get unless you're shooting upwards of 1/2000 shutter speed. This was shot at 1/200ss instead.
I'm having a lot of fun with learning new things with my camera, pushing myself to learn something new regularly and really trying to have fun with it. I highly recommend stopping by Click It Up A Notch and checking out some of her great tutorials!