Santa came early this year and gave me a new SLR camera body. I just upgraded from the Canon Rebel to the Canon 40d and am learning that it's a lot different than the Rebel I've been shooting with for over 4 years. I normally shoot in Aperture priority but I'm determined to go completely manual and actually know what I'm doing when I adjust the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. I may even live a bit dangerously and shift from all white balance to custom white balances on occasion. To help with the learning curve of my new camera, I've decided to follow Darcy's 31 days to better photos series. Darcy is a blogger at my 3 boybarians and is a photographer from Iowa that has a teaching style that makes it easy for anyone to use their camera to the fullest. I thought being the 1st day in December, it was the perfect time to start this challenge and I'd love if you joined me.