For the past year or so, I've developed a growing interest in photography. Not so much actually getting into shooting myself, but really starting to appreciate and admire other people's work that I've seen. Now I'm starting to think that photography is something I want to start getting into. The problem is the money involved in getting some beginner gear and the monetary risk should i realize down the road that photography in fact isn't for me. I've been doing a great deal of research as of late for some entry level gear and have pretty much decided on the Nikon D40 with 18-55mm kit lens.. use this setup for a while til i get a better idea of what it is i really want to shoot and then start looking at other glass (i'm getting the lingo down... ). I'm also considering taking a couple photography courses if I can fit them into my schedule (do you guys recommend taking courses or would self-teaching using books/internet be sufficient?) My question is, how easy would it be to sell my gear a year or 2 down the road should i realize it's not really my thing... and what is the depreciation like on lenses? I would imagine the bodies depreciate rather quickly, as with all technology/electronic devices. Basically, I'm having some issues taking the leap and making that monetary commitment. I'd appreciate any input/advice you guys have. Thanks.