I have also been thinking over lost prophet's request to adopt a noob. I really like the idea and would love a bit more 'structured' guideance from one (or a few) of the most experienced photogs here. I really like The_Traveler's idea to start a matchmaking thread, but I have one worry that within busy life and everything its going to be real hard for a good mentor/student relationship to develop there. I would just like to put out my suggestion as well, I'm not trying to steal anybody's thunder and I hope it doesnt come off that way. My idea is for a "Photography Class" type of deal. It would be very similar to the "Bi-weekly photo assignments" but with few key differences. - The topics would be more geared to reflect certain techniques/ideas that one would want to teach a new photographer (ie.. this week is contrast, or composition, etc.) And maybe one of the mentors could give their explanation of what they think is a 'good' representation of the topic. - Then once the students go ou and get their assignments and turn them in (post them) a group of mentors (whoever happens to look at them) will honestly critique them with respect to the given assignment (and probably other general photographic rules) and assign a grade. Obviously a grade will be very irrelevant but I think it might be kind of fun. Now this is obviously a very rough idea of how this could be done, but the thing I really think shows promise is that it could start out VERY informal (ie assignments are totally optional, and even grading is totally optional - except maybe for the person who gave the assignment hehe). But its something that if takes off could become even more structured and I think it could really benefit us noobs in forcing us to practice some of the fundamentals. What do you guys think?