Well I have always had a slight interest in photography and have just gone and bought a Nikon D70 with the kit lense. Now I have been reading lots of posts on various forums to try and understand the lingo and get a few tips to try and get close to some of the spectacular results that are posted on here. I have a few questions that I just can't quite understand yet so here goes, 1, I have the standard but apparently good kit lense 18 - 70mm. Now I have been reading about portrait and close up shots and people buy specific lenses for this purpose such as the Nikon 50mm lense, will my standard lense provide good enough close up shots as it is 18mm, are these specific lenses better because they are specific for the job and do they provide a wider field of view. I have a feeling that most of my pictures will be my family and home cinema room etc so feel these closer shots will be important to me. 2, Do the automatic settings on the Nikon provide good enough results or is switching to manual and playing with settings going to produce substantially better results. Having just got the camera will auto do for now. 3, Half of the skill in producing good photo's appears to be the post processing of the picture. I read about Adobe Photoshop but also about Elements and CS (whatever that stands for) are these cut down versions of Photoshop or are they different programmes all together. If I was to get one software package which one would people get for processing, resizing etc and would you use a different software package to transfer the picture to a PC such as Nikon capture. Final question for now - If I take high quality JPeg or RAW pictures can I take normal pictures with the kit lense and then crop an area of the picture and blow it up to produce what in effect will look like and close up picture and will it be of good enough quality - is this what people do. Sooooooo many questions but any help from you knowledgable people will be greatly appreciated.