I am NO expert..if anything the exact opposite. And let me just say nothing thrills me more than when people say they like my pictures or my knitting..be still my HEART.
But let me just share a few thoughts and tell you the picture situation for me .
* I have a D-90, which I love. I have 2 lenses. One is the 50mm and the other is a AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm. I use them both equally. I love my 200mm for it's zoom and it also gives GREAT bokah. It is really heavy and I usually ditch it when I go places and then regret the ditch.
*I have no real editing program. I use Picassa to upload, crop and brighten my pictures. I would like something a bit more fancy, but fancy cost $ and usually a learning curve, and I have neither available to me right now.
*I usually shoot is Manual..actually I ALWAYS shoot in manual. Not really because I know what I am doing but because I can play with the things I know give DRAMATICALLY different results. I am always fooling with Aperture, shutter, and speed and my secret weapon WHITE BALANCE!! It is amazing the difference White Balance can make in a picture.
*Shooting in manual is not always the best move because if something happens fast and I want a shot of it I can totally miss it if things are not JUST right...I hate that.
*I go in and out of moods of wanting to take lots of pictures but I know how happy they make me.
I don't know if this helps or explains how this mama gets the pictures she gets...but I thought I would share.