Okay, so I finally got my D40. Well I wanted a D60, but Circuit City is going out of business and the D40 was on sale for 350$ so I compromised. I heard it's the best SLR for beginners anyhow. Of course I have been snapping away, and editing a little bit with iPhoto. I've read the manual, and some of these forum posts. I find myself still asking questions, so I am going to post them and hope for some easy answers. 1. I'm thinking of getting editing software, what do I get? Is Aperture by Apple good? 2. How will different filters benefit me and in which situations? 3. What else do I need? I am going to get a 55-200mm lens. What brand(s) should I stay away from, and what's good? 4. Is the speedlight flash by Nikon suitable? 5. What are some simple tips you would give a beginner to take the best pictures possible? I'm going to attempt to attach some pictures I have taken, and hopefully get some constructive criticism. 1. 2. 3.