I'm so glad I found this forum. Hopefully, you all can help me on my ambitious endevour to become a great photographer. Here's a little background on me: I take a lot of pictures. Pictures of anything and everything. Sometimes, if I'm lucky, I get a really good shot. But basically, I'm here to learn what all the photography lingo is, how and when to use different settings, stuff like that. I want to be able to get a great picture and not have to totally guess about how to get it. I have a photography teacher helping me as well. She lent me a 35mm camera to use. When I've finished using up the film she gave me, she's offered to show me how to develop it. I have a digital camera now. It's a good camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8) and I like it, but sometimes I feel sort of limited, like it doesn't really help me get the great pictures I know I could get. So that was really long, and I thank you if you read all the way through it. I have a blog where I post what I think are my best photos. You can check it out: http://www.the-picture-effect.blogspot.com Go ahead and say what you think. I can take it. (And be honest) I really would value some honest critiquing from other photographers since all I usually hear is that I have a great eye for photography. (that's what families are supposed to say, I guess) Thanks again for reading this. I'm sure you'll hear from me again soon!