Ok. I don't want to start a huge debate but here goes. Why doesn't anyone offer advice here like "try it", or "what do you think about your pictures", don't worry about books yet etc. I find that in photography you can pretty much teach yourself how to use the camera and at least get a lot of hands on experience in first without having a book tell you what to do. What's wrong with learning the camera manual than learning camera than look at books. KEEP IN MIND. I currently research photography and read books etc. Only thing is I'd rather try to figure it out for myself than have someone tell me how to do it. It also seems that people don't even take their camera's out of the box and ask questions that can usually be learned within the first 5 minutes using the camera Is it being rude to ask questions like what do you think about your pictures?, or have you tried it yet?, when you try to do this what are your results etc.