Hey. I took my camera out and spent some time paacticing on a familiar subject. My animals. Nothing I'm particularly proud of, just trying to work on focus, exposure etc. The backgrounds are piss poor, I know that. I wasn't really trying to create strong pictures, just trying to get a feel for the camera and the settings. Here is what I have so far. All of these were handheld and shot int manual. First of my outdoor dog photos Some portraits #1 DSC_0090 by blackrose1981, on Flickr I feel like I missed the focus slightly here #2 DSC_0091 by blackrose1981, on Flickr These two were fun. I was trying to capture "motion". I put my dogs ball on top of the A/C unit to try to get him jumping. Don't think I caught it too badly for my first try. #3 DSC_0196 by blackrose1981, on Flickr I know for next time to get really low when capturing him jumping, because even though he is high off the ground, it's hard to tell from the angle I shot. #4 DSC_0204 by blackrose1981, on Flickr Two cat portraits. I was trying to properly expose the white fur. Not sure I got that. Although I feel like these two are nice and soft. Also I was trying to capture something specific about her. She is a very elegant, petite, and dainty cat and I was trying to capture that. #5 DSC_0152 by blackrose1981, on Flickr #6 Just a touch less exposed DSC_0151 by blackrose1981, on Flickr So here are some of the first practice shoots with this camera and my first DSLR. I know none of these are strong photographs, I was just trying to work on some particular areas. I'd love to hear how I did (no matter how bad LOL) and what to keep in mind for next time.