I have to say that, hands down, this is the best photography forum I have seen. Way to go! Everyone here is so great (from what I have seen over the past two days of solid reading/lurking I have done here)!
I am an amateur photographer from Australia and would really, really love to do glamour / portraiture like you guys do. I have recently gotten myself a Nikon D50 with an 18-55mm f/3.5 and a 70-300mm f/5.6. The lenses are nice and all, but the work I have done up until now has been mostly outdoor (sports, flower macros, etc) and I get into trouble quickly when the light is not direct sunlight, or when it is overcast/variable. I think I need to shell out more dough for some 2.8's. I have no speedlight (or studio lighting), and dislike the effect my fill flash gives me, so I really only try to use it to bring out some more details in shadows. I am hoping that an environment where I can control the lighting better (studio or location with studio lighting) will improve my shots.
I am a bit frustrated at the moment because I have been working on my photography for months and my portfolio has nothing I really want to print. I have trouble focusing correctly, or when I do, other things ruin the photograph (like poor facial expressions, poor exposure, poor colour, or poor composition). As you see, I have problems!
However, I am working on them. I know this forum will help me become better :-)
I look forward to chatting with you all, and hope to have something worthy of posting soon!
P.S.: I just realised how long the introduction is! Sorry! ;-)