Hi all. Have been lurking on and off for ages, but this'll be my first post. Over the past year I've played with the idea of taking my photography beyond a hobby, and have generally been soaking in as much skill sharpening stuff as possible. I bought a shiny new SLR, added "ISO" and "aperture" to my everyday vocab, tamed my digital development lab from a ferocious beast into a snuggly kitten and worked my way through a couple of books ranging from the, "Duh, I knew that!" simple to the, "Huh? What?" technical. And I feel a bit stuck and unsure where to go from here. My skills certainly need a whole lot of improvement, but I'm not sure what to do beyond ordinary, "Just keep taking pictures, dummy!" practice and generally monkeying around with the equipment I have now. So I got to thinking and decided what I really need is another, slightly different photography book. Since there are far too many photography guides out there to pick and choose from, I thought I might need a little help, and I came here to ask you fine people what you might recommend. Here's what I'm looking for: something that's nicely written in a down to earth, easy to understand style that covers any and every aspect of day to day general photography with the aid of lots and lots of exercises and practices for the reader to do. This is the most important bit. I learn much more from doing than I do from being told how to do. Between a wonderfully articulate professor's lectures and a completely incoherent person telling me to do something with no explanation, I'm going to get more out of the latter. Basically, I'm looking for a photography course in written form, as comprehensive as possible. I do want something that goes beyond the basics, but a book that starts small and builds from there is definitely a winner. Since I'm working entirely with a digital SLR, I'd prefer a book with a digital bias, although something that covers traditional film is perfectly fine too, as long as film isn't the focus. Here's what I've got: books that introduce the concepts of day to day general photography. Simple and technical explanations of ISO, aperture, lighting, framing, the differences in equipment, types of cameras, etc. I have the theory. I'm searching for a book that covers the practice! I've used Tom and Michelle Grimm's Basic Book of Photography as both a standard read through and a reference for concepts I might not understand. It's well written enough to give me a conceptual foundation, but I want a more concrete idea of what to do with this stuff. So, any ideas?