Speaking for myself, there are things I can learn from a book, and there are other things I need to have demonstrated to pick up. We're exchanging ideas here, some of us are meeting or taking classes, and in the end, we can't easily reproduce a training course here. I wish that we could. But we can exchange information on useful technical references. Some ones that I find handy are : Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D100 - it's the manual that Nikon should have written, but didn't. I've also looked at the D70 version (I gave it as a gift to a friend), and it's equally usable. [e-book] Ron Reznick's Digital Photography - Acquisition and Processing Techniques - obvious as a book for all who've taken Ron's class [e-book] John Shaw's Photoshop Field Guide - some good "in the trenches" PS materials [e-book] Scott Kelby's The Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers - the next level, so to speak. [softbound] I'm looking for some good references on lighting as well as basic portrait photography, if anyone can suggest such items. Any other suggestions for good references (preferably including a brief explanation as why) ? John P.