Apologies, I originally wrote this in the OM group section as I couldn't for the life of me navigate my way around Hi everyone i only joined about 15minutes ago, that was about 5min after stumbling upon this site - never knew it existed prior to that. What brought me here, well here goes.... i haven't done any form of photography since 1997/8 unless you're counting snaps with a digital compact,, maybe I should have kept that bit quiet!! 1997/8 saw me finishing my HND in Design & Photography, prior to which I'd just completed the City&Guilds 7470 professional photography course that led on from completing both A level and O level in photography. With the exception of the HND (Dewsbury college) all other qualifications were gained at Stradbroke college Sheffield - for those unaware that's where Jeremy Clarkson completed his journalism course. Apologies if I'm warbling. What brought me here was my disillusion with today's photography. Most of my gear has long since gone, what remains is all 35mm plus a TLR and a couple of digital compacts. My partner said maybe I should sell all my gear as " you never use it now" and so checking ebay completed listings I was truly dismayed at their current values. My EOS30 is worth penny's the several flash guns are worth even less - yet the 21mm & 40mm zuiko's are worth a fortune!! What the hell..... i know my gear inside out, I know what aperture values are, what exposure compensation means and I even understand the scheimpflug principle!! What I don't understand are Raw files, unsharp mask, layers etc etc. I'm pretty certain I can achieve whatever I want to achieve with the basic (worthless!!) kit I have. What I need is to be amongst my own kind, photographers who actually want to get the picture right when the button gets pressed and not slave away at a desktop for hours trying to make an image work. So, my question is... Am I in the right place??