Hi ppl. Just wanted to thank you all for your replies, I really appreciate your time.
Also I'm encouraged by the level of enthusiasm in this forum. I've asked this question on other forums today and generally the question has gone down well. However a few have refused to play the game, instead replying 'why should it matter whether it's cool or not', or 'what a shallow question to ask'. I was even accused of behaving like a 12 year old girl for asking the question on one flickr forum. Some photographers take themselves too seriously IMHO, but that doesn't come across at all on APUG. This is my new favourite photography forum.
Once again, thank you for the replies. I've learnt a lot today just by researching your recommendations. Cheers.