I am an absolute beginner in the world of DSLR photography. I've found this site very helpful in making some choices with regards to equipment and also the tutorials have helped me with the basics.
I have recently bought the entry level Nikon D3100 with the 18-55VR kit lens. I've added to that the Nikkor 55-300VR zoom lens and the Nikkor 35mm f1.8 G prime lens. I think this kit is a decent start to what will probably end up being a very large and very expensive collection!
Also I've purchase Photoshop Elements 9 which, as you can imagine as a newbie, i'm having a lot of fun and games with.
Currently i'm just taking lots of exposures and trying to make the next one better than the last one. I'm also doing a lot of reading and watching various online tutorials and trying to put them into practice.
Having welcomed my 1st born son into the world last year my main interest will be photographing his formative years as well as other aspects such as landscape and wildlife, which we have plenty of in this part of the UK.
Many questions coming your way soon, Darren