I am new to Photography and can not wait to explore. I just got a T3i with the 18-55IS. I have an 8 month old and as all new moms can not stop taking pictures of her. I am considering the 70-300 IS. My husband also drag races and I want to be able to take action shots from a distance. Would this be a good lens? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I think I also need an additional flash if I want to take portrait shots. I guess I really want to know what items are recommended for someone who is just getting started. Flash, lens, filters ect. Thanks in advance for your replies.