i just discovered that all this time, i've been working in the worst possible color space- the default space for ps7. switched over to adobe 1998 last night and OMG, it's just like seeing the world in REAL color. i have been converting to bw so often because something about the colors in my photos always bugged me on some visceral level... now i know why. what a difference- just the few portraits i've worked since then have improved tremendously over everything i'd done to date. (since all things are relative, this does not in any way indicated that i am satisfied with my work yet ) i feel like an idiot for not catching that way back in the beginning of the learning curve. if you haven't made the switch yet, check it out- you'll love it.