We went to England several years ago. They were hit with a horrific storm shortly before we got there. Worst storm in 200 years. Go figure…
We ended up cashing in our 7 day rail pass and spent most of our time hitting small towns and living in the small local Pubs. To me, fantastic trip. As soon as you took a little razing and jokes about American football and beer the locals treated us like family.
So much good advice above. I started my Photography interest with a one week after school class in 7th grade. We made a pin hole camera and processed the B&W film and made a contact sheet with a utility lamp. Hooked from that point on. The school yearbook was soon to follow.
My only added tip is that many of the newer, lower priced, Canon lenses are not made to fit the pro style full frame cameras like the 5D.
The 7D is also fairly strong and will have a very nice LCD screen on the back for preview.