Any advice for a newbie to photography? I have the Canon Rebel t1i with the 18-55 kit lens. I really wanna get a decent shot of Jackson with the Christmas tree in the background that looks good (in stupid terms, with the lights in the background kind of blurred, and him as the focus). Is this even possible with my lens? I'm wanting a 50mm but won't get it until after xmas. I messed with some manual settings and googled some things, but I still can't seem to get it right. Luckily, Jackson sits pretty still though, so at least I have a patient client! But any tips put into simple terms... what is the best lighting? should I have a light on in the room (we have lights with shades) and the room also has windows, with the option of heavy duty blinds. No lights and just use natural light coming thru window? Tree is not in front of a window, so the sunlight would be directed towards the tree. Any help is appreciated!