3 cheers for professional photographers! As a musician, I'm eager to have a lot of photos for PR uses - pictures of my projects, for the media, or for showing people where we're playing, for CD covers, publications about the instruments we play, etc. - so I got a Nikon D40x (with the kit lens) using it in a "point-and- shoot"-way for picture of/after concerts, the location, and so on (as can be seen here: http://web.mac.com/stahlchristian/Duo_La_Vigna/Blog/Blog.html) Comparing it to pictures of colleges from Danmark, who had a shooting with a professional, I was shoked at the difference in quality! See for yourselves: http://gallery.mac.com/stahlchristian#100152&view=mosaic&bgcolor=black&sel=3 (The "der Weinberg" picture was taken with an old analog SLR; "Duo al dente" are the professional's, but do I really have to tell ...) (We have a lot of photographers taking pictures for newpapers at concerts/events, so - just to make clear I'm not making professionals poor, and I really appreciate their work, but can't afford to have as many pictures taken as I want). I got the Nikon instead of the used Hasselblad I favored, because of the 500 ﾀ less in price and the "point-and-shoot" capacity of the Nikon. My question: How can I considerably increase the Nikon's image quality? I am shooting RAW, using Capture NX 2 for conversion. I shoot the "no black", "Duo La Vigna", "Bitte Lächeln" pics with ISO 800. I have learned meanwhile to use automatic ISO and use exporsure compensation to make the picture lighter. I was quite surprised at the professional (Anders Bach) using a slow shutter (1/6;1/15) with aperture f/9.0 and with ISO 200 and focal length 93/98 (obviously a zoom); camera being a Canon EOS-1DS. I know a D40 is not an EOS, but just to get that fuzziness out of my pictures and move a little closer to better pictures would be "really cool" - suggestions welcome!