I'm new in photograph (had a few point & shoots here and there) and I was looking for an entry level D-SLR. I was torn between Canon Rebel xt and Nikon D40. They both have the capability of amazing pictures. For some reason I tend to see many amazing shots with the Canon. Then came the whole internal af debate. And it came down to the feel of the camera. I fell in love with the Nikon. It just felt better in my hands and besides my family has a few Nikon SLRs here and there so why not stay in the family. I plan on ordering the Nikon D40 lens kit soon and I can't wait to learn. I've been doing a lot of research on just the art of photography in general. I want to do a lot of scenery and portraits. I love portraits, just the way they capture emotions. Do you guys have any tips for portraits?