DSLRs are hard work!

So I decided that if I’m going to make a real go at this, its time I learned to take good pictures, and got the kind of camera that can take them. My husband and I have bought countless point and shoots over the years, never being quite happy with the picture quality, especially under low light conditions. I’m not much of a day person, so most of my productive moments are in the evening past prime lighting conditions for most cameras.

We looked at and discarded the idea of buying so many cameras. Many years ago I was interested in photography and had an F body film Nikon with some accessories and a couple lenses, and I loved using it. I probably wouldn’t have referred to myself as anything past an advanced beginner though. I knew I wanted either a Nikon or a Canon, and had originally decided on the Nikon D5000, but when we realized it was an older model we changed to the Nikon d90. I can’t even begin to describe all of the features it has in my own words yet, because my technical vocabulary isn’t there yet. I just knew I wanted a superior entry level DSLR, and this one seemed to best fit the bill. Every review we read on every site supported this camera.  From Nikon’s website, here are some specs:

  • 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS imaging sensor
  • Continuous shooting as fast as 4.5 frames-per-second:
  • World’s first D-SLR with an HD movie mode
  • Low noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200
  • 3-inch super-density 921,000-dot color LCD monitor
  • Built-in image sensor cleaning
  • 11-point AF system
  • One-button Live View
  • Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System
  • Comprehensive exposure control
  • Auto Active D-Lighting
  • Durable, high precision shutter
  • In-Camera Image Editing
  • GPS geo-tagging

    So it’s been a really crappy week otherwise, since my doctor has me on a new medication that has really lovely side effects that make me feel like I have the flu. Not wanting to leave the house means I’ve been doing a lot of self education lately. Even before the camera purchase, I’ve been spending most of every day on Lynda.com trying to learn more advanced techniques in Illustrator, which is my favorite program for creating graphics.

    Since the camera purchase, though, I’ve been reading a whole lot. The instruction manual is absolutely impossible, so I did instant kindle downloads of David Busch’s Nikon D90 guide to DSLR, and also The Digital Photography Book. So far they are both great books and I highly recommend both of them. Of course I haven’t been able to resist taking some pictures, it just means that most of the pictures I’ve taken have come from sitting on the floor, the couch, or the bed. Oh well – there’s not that many good opportunities close to the house right now anyway since it’s the middle of a Texas winter and there’s no color in the landscape. So kitties get to be my models! On to the pictures!


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