Awesome. I just got back, and it was an awesome learning experience. I got to get right in the action. I got to show other people how to use their cameras. I got to see how it feels to miss the perfect shot, by waiting for the autofocus or by having my flash off. It was so much fun that I can't begin to describe it here. I also screwed up some swimmers who jumped in early by shooting my flash too early like three times.
Anyway, there were some other people shooting with me. First at the swim meet there was a lady who also had a digital rebel. She had it on that evil green box and I quickly got her to switch to Tv mode and to bump up the iso. This was after I saw her cupping her hand over the flash to keep it from firing in no-flash events. She said she was looking for a flash and I helped her out. Then the videographers from the broadcasting class came down and I talked with them, then we moved on to basketball. It was so funny when one of them accidentally turned the nd filter on and I explained what it did and they had no clue what I was saying. They were surprized how much I knew about cameras, and it actually helped. I was shooting like a pro. Now I have to go through my pictures and see if I got anything really good. I might post some.
That zoom lens was way too slow for basketball, just like I thought. Almost all of the pictures taken with that had to turn out blurry and at iso1600.