@everyhuman: Really like 3, 4, and 8. Would be interested to know how you got that night shot. Are you self-taught or?
I am self-taught - I've been shooting pictures with various point and shoots for a long time, and then I finally got my hands on the Rebel XS and I can't get enough! Via the internet, everything you could ever need to know about the technical aspects of digital photography is right here. Natural talent helps, too - whether or not I have THAT? Who knows - I just do my thing, ya know? Here and there, I get a shot I dig, and get good feedback from other people... Since school is not an option for various reasons, I have to do a lot of trial and error and make note of what turns out good or bad... I have been given a few pointers from photographers I know, and that's a huge help as well.
The night shot was taken as a jpeg ( I'm not shooting in RAW yet - that's another thing I'm going to have to work on when I get software that can process them) The other specs for the shot are:
focal length: 18mm
exposure time 25 sec