I did a Google search today for "amateur photography" and ended up at this forum. I browsed through the topics and decided this might be what I was looking for: a supportive but critical place to trade pictures and knowledge. Having browsed the forums a bit, it seems like there's a solid group of skilled, friendly people. That's great. I'm just out of college (I studied... umm... it's a long story. Can we call it philosophy for now?), recently married, and very recently come to photography. For years and years, I had the itch. I'd see other people framing photographs and think, "The treasures of my life are slipping away..." I listened to the Simon & Garfunkel song Bookends (Long ago, it must be / I have a photograph / Preserve your memories / They're all that's left you...) and knew it was true. Now that I'm finally employed, I bought a digital camera: a Canon Powershot G2 4.0 Megapixel digital camera, to be precise. I've been shooting for about four months, and am loving it. It does get a little bit lonely, though. Which is why I'm here.