Just started my after college life and the first check went to a Nikon D40X kit. I was set on a D40 because it seemed to be a good entry level, but Newegg was selling recertified D40x kits with a 90 day warranty for $20 more. I'll check shutter actuation and return if anything is fishy. I've been lurking for a few weeks now and been pretty humbled by what I don't know about photography. I had a few questions if anyone can help... 1) I've got a few Borders/B&N gift cards leftover from graduation - can anyone recommend a book that'll really make a difference in helping me learn basic concepts? 2) Whats the first thing I'm going to want to add to my equipment? I resisted the urge to get another lens because I wanted to learn basic concepts with the 18-55. I think I have everything I need to take pictures out of the box. I downloaded Lightroom for PP and the program is pretty overwhelming so far. 3) How do you decide your subject matter? Just grab your camera and go for a walk? I just moved to Dubuque so theres not a lot around here I know of except corn (Field of Dreams 15mins away) I really like the look of bright night pictures and b&w city pics Thanks for the help!!! Cliffs: Bought D40x kit, good books?, extra equip?, choosing subject matter?