Warning, these questions might seem really dumb. I've never had any sort of photography class or anything, but I've always had an avid interest in photography and thought I'd learn by myself. But it is a hard endeavor. I got a Canon T1i (first dslr ever) around Christmas and have learned a lot but still am not satisfied with my photos. The only equipment I have is my kit lens (18-55mm IS). And a tripod. Oh and the type of photography I am most interested in is scenic, and portrait. Like these photos below, I aspire to take some of the sort! : photo credit: S.Saad photo credit: S.Saad photo credit: Alan LeBlanc photo credit: Alan LeBlanc Are there any lens that could help me achieve this? Any equipment I should buy (filters, lens hoods, etc)? Open to any advice, seriously! Thanks. Oh yeah and the budget is around $200-500.