Ive had my small point and shoot digital camera for almost three years now and every time I use the thing I want to get deeper in photography. I want to start with a nicer camera and do things the right and not have to rely on the cameras auto settings to do it for me. I take a lot of obscure pictures and band pictures. I want to get high contrast pictures in black and white along with color. How do photographers achieve this look? Is it in the developing of the film, is it a digital effect? Some examples of what I am talking about... http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/288/thisishell192tf.jpg http://img309.imageshack.us/img309/1228/303xi.jpg http://img309.imageshack.us/img309/3/160182r1201uw.jpg Im willing to try both digital and film photography. Whatever will be cheaper and best to learn with. Any help is appreciated.