Hi It's been a while since I've been here, the last was when I was buying my camera and you guys helped me out to make my choice (great advice by the way, absolutely love the D50!). I've been trying to get in as much practise as I can but I'm finding it hard to make the step up from kind of happy-snap type photos to photos that actually look a bit more serious. I'm so glad I went and bought an external hard drive because at the end of the day I still like to keep my snapshots (and there's tonnes of them!) but I'd really like to try and step things up a notch and I'm a bit lost with how to do that. I'm still a real beginner, and I'm only now just getting off the auto mode. I've been taking photos of friends' horses so that I can get the experience shooting equines while they're being worked which is good because I've realised how hard it is to get a good shot (when ears aren't back etc!). And I've also found a lot has to do with the background, a horse can look lovely but it just wont cut it if the background is untidy. As I'm the one who travels to the location, not the horse, I feel like I can't really get around that one unfortunately. I've put a few photos in below. How do I try to move things up a notch? Is it just a matter of practise? Sometimes I feel like I lack inspiration or motivation, I almost feel like I should enrol in some sort of class to get assignments to keep me going because I find it hard to make the time in between looking after my own horse and studying at uni. I don't want to be a pro photographer or anything, I'd just like to be able to use my camera the best I can. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks! (and sorry if this is in the wrong forum, I wasn't sure where to put it).