I suppose it's recommended for one to introduce one's self, so here goes. I'm not quite sure how I'd rate my photographic skills. Advanced amateur might describe it best. I grew up using a 35mm SLR back before complete auto exposure was available. I was a film guy until digital pocket cameras became popular. I switched to a pocket camera for the convenience factor, though I lamented the lack of creative control they offered. I tried to pick cameras that offered some manual control of exposure, though even those didn't give me the quite the control I wanted. This Christmas I finally saved up enough money to buy myself a used DSLR and I'm having fun relearning the finer points of photography.