Okay...well for starters I've never really taken anything other than a snapshot before! My uncle bought me a really nice camera last month after my dad passed away. He thought that if I got into a new hobby or something that it would help and that maybe i'd really enjoy it. Well, I do enjoy it! I love the camera although I think he spent way too much money on something i'm just now trying, but i am really wanting to learn how to take great photographs. I have the Nikon D90 kit. I'm just so overwhelmed and confused everytime i go out and take the camera with me. I almost always just shoot in one of the preset modes because I'm not sure what to do otherwise. I've bought several books to try and help me. I have the Nikon D90 Field Guide, the D90 for dummies book and then I have "Within the frame" by David deChemin and Perfect Exposure by Michael Freeman These books all have a ton of information but I guess i'm just not sure where to start and what to start working on first. I want to take photos of my pets or even some night photography. I do know that I would eventually need to upgrade probably my lens and maybe a flash but is there anything I can just start working on now? What should be the first step to taking good pictures and getting a feel for my new camera. I want to be able to really take advantage of all the camera can do. Thanks in advance for any help and for reading this. I probably sound like such a doof! I also have Lightroom if that helps. I haven't really investiagted that yet, i figure I should probably learn how to take a photograph first!