I am not a photographer nor do I pretend to be an amateur photographer. I learned that I like pictures of things when I went to Germany and came back with a point and shoot full of terrible pictures and foggy memories. That was the last straw so I got a d5100 for Christmas and I'm gearing up for some seriously better than my old camera pictures. I've been reading my brains out and already I'm overwhelmed by how much this camera can do and if I knew what I was doing it can do much more. I'll be sticking with auto for a while and I'll be searching for some good books in a moment. Ive only bought some flash cards, extra batteries, little tripod so I don't have to put my camera on the ground for low shots and a standard tripod for everything else. I'm not buying lenses since I could not have possibly outgrown the ones it came with 18-55 and 55-200mm. After reading this How to Spot an Amateur i am glad I didn't buy a camera backpack..I think I'll make a camera bag for transport and I'll start searching for some kind of strap when I intend to shoot outside. I'm looking forward to learning more and getting off of auto everything. thanks for the help guys and gals.