Hello all! WOW what a GIFT these forum are! I've been searching the archives and already found a new lens I'm thinking of buying (the 50mm 1.8 which I've heard is a GEM in many threads and in many online reviews) and have gotten lots of tips from reading other peoples threads. But anyway, I am about two years into photography, shooting with a digital rebel XTI with the stock lens. I LOVE studio photography. Right now I am shooting with the strobes at school but should be getting my own kit (equivelent to alien bees) in about two weeks. My goal is to have my own portrait studio, and I am so drawn to those crisp photos with the colors that really POP and the extremely shar eyes. I'm trying so hard to acheive them but I seem to be hitting a wall. Here are three of my latest attempts. The first two are edited in PSP but the last isn't. (i'm getting photoshop again on Saturday. My trial ran out oh no!) Nice to meet everyone!