Hello, My name is Ray but people call me RD. I'm a veteran who has always had a fondness for art and more specifically photography. My wife's grandfather does aerial photography and her uncle has his own company. Anyway, I recently went from avid lover to beginner, now its almost time for my birthday and I want a professional camera to start playing around with. Many have told me Nikon D40 would be a good place to start but figured I'd take any advice from any pro's out there. the budget is basically up to $600 or so and I do understand the importance of lenses and flashes. Thank You in advance, if you leave links to recent posts i'll C&C.