>Have you read Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson?
Yes, I read several pages of the book at the local bookstore, trying to learn more, especially about low-light photography.
>As for preventing NAS from striking: I wish you Luck. >More so since you seem to be averaging a new body a year.
At the time, I was wanting to get a Nikon D7000, but it was out-of-stock for several months. I needed a backup camera for some of the events I was covering, so I got the D5100. I was disappointed at first since the display grid was absent from it. This is when I realized I needed easier access to camera settings. I wish I have waited. I do not plan to buy any camera in the near future. I need to start investing on glass and accessories, like another speedlight, softboxes, reflectors, etc. <sigh>