Holiday Shots

One of my goals for this year is to really figure out how to use my digital SLR. That means taking it off of "auto" and using my brain. Which was not as easy as I thought. Aperture and ISO settings did not come rushing back as quickly as I thought they would. But, I have to say I'm pretty happy with how my first shots came out all things considered. (Another goal is being easier on myself and not so hyper-critical... how am I doing?!) Granted, depth-of-field and focus need some work, but at least they aren't completely blown out or completely dark. And, I haven't edited or tweaked these at all in Photoshop. Score one for me! So, here's a few shots from around the house (yes, the holiday decor is still up... soon to be put away!):