I have a pretty good camera, but instead of taking advantage of all of the features and settings, I mostly shoot in automatic. I use the kids as an excuse – they move too quickly for me to be adjusting things – but, in truth, I just don’t like the results as much when I shoot in manual mode. I’m trying to change that, and this weekend I spent a bit of time getting better at ‘the camera.’ Low-light situations are especially hard for me, so I mostly focused on night shots – which includes early morning since my kids are up before daylight. In fact, a couple of my favorite shots are from this morning’s Candy Cane Hunt, which might just be a new annual tradition. My husband and I invented it as one of our advent calendar activities, but J+J loved it so much we’ll probably bring it back next year.