I’ve set a goal to learn how to use more of the intricate features of my Nikon D90, my first DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera that I purchased in 2011. Toward this end, I’ve been reading a Dummies book about my particular Nikon.
Typically, after I read about a certain feature, I like to practice using it, but that often demands considerable time and patience and a controlled environment. Time-consuming trial-and-error and optimal conditions, however, don’t mix well with shooting outdoors in winter, when I started this project. Wearing gloves while using my camera is far from ideal, and going bare handed in sub-freezing, windy weather quickly tests my still-existing ten fingers.
Instead, I practiced shooting from the warmth of my apartment, with a narrow focus on various objects—books, postcards, knick knacks. These sessions allowed me to play extensively with different features, lighting and angles, all in an effort to learn how to capture more quality images. The best results from the multiple photos I took are the subject of this blog, which reveals my ever-evolving photography skills and offers a glimpse into my cozy abode.