Only being here a short time I have learned a few VERY useful things about lighting, background noise, and other little things. My question to ALL you guys/gals that have been doing it for a while, is what things do I need to pick up to make my photography better? Here is what I have. Canon T3i w/ lens kit 15-55mm lens Polarized lens filter and ultra violet filter 72" tripod with levels and the whole shabang. Canon Camera bag 50mm 1.8f II lens with filters 16G sd card Photoshop CS5 Master Suite What else do you guys recommend? External flashes (by model of course), umbrellas, BOOKS, editing software, web links? The budget is around $3k. I want a macro lens. And I want a lens for sports or fast moving cars. I am not trying to be a professional. I do take pictures however on a daily basis. Maybe this will help. I take a lot of photo's of the dogs. The kids, and their sports events, and some scenery shots. I want to be able to catch that reflection in the dogs eyes when doing close ups. I like to do some black and white shots, and BRIGHT colored shots. I want to learn as much as possible to better enhance the over all picture fun. Best shooting modes? Do you recommend Manual, AV, or TV? Does it depend on what I am shooting? Who would be a good mentor of person to follow, that would be helpful with leading a beginner? Some things I have already learned are the Light Triangle, rule of thirds and background clutter. Applying them is still a learning process (LOL) but my brain is trying to process a BUTT LOAD of new stuff when I turn the camera on. ahaha Any helpful tips, tricks and overall guidance is greatly appreciated.