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I purchased new back 2011 a D90 kit with 18-105 mm lens and dummies guide specifically for D90. After using, studying the guide. I haven't to date taken a photo that I'm impressed with and saved. It has spent most of its life in a storage box. I recently downloaded an old disc full of photos taken with my first camera, HP M417 5.2 mp that I hadn't viewed since making the disc back in '05. After viewing the photos (outdoor scenery) no wonder I had a budding love of photography. The colours are true to life, rich, vivid. Skies have such depth. A true depiction of real life. Sharpness and detail that I would think the HP is ten times the cost, not the other way around. 

Why would my D90 be such a poor performer? Photos are just blah. 

Bought a Fujifilm 10MP point and shoot and its nothing to write home about. 



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You should be able to get great shots with a D90 and the kit lens. First of all are you shooting RAW or JPEG? I have no experience with the D90 out of camera jpegs, but they shouldn't be all terrible. Second, perhaps you could be more specific about what shortcomings the photos have and post a few examples.




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Do you shoot in raw or jpg?

If you shoot in jpg, what picture control do you use? What colour space?

If you shoot in raw, what raw converter do you use?


Do you normally stop the 18-105 down a bit or do you shoot it wide open?


Could you post a sample of your less than satisfactory photos?


The D90 with that kit lens should be capable of stunning photos as long as you don't try to raise the ISO too far.