Following the advice of a fellow member here (thanks nianys ), I decided to "photograph things that matter to me/love". So here are some of my first portait attempts in photographing my 20-month old "naugtly" son Andrew and my beautiful niece Marina. Note: all shot with 18-55mm kit lens. Mostly jpegs so no PP. CC always welcomed My favoutite 3 shots: First time I've noticed how photogenic my niece is... Using in-camera toy effect (but messed up with lighting) Also tried some B&Ws but those didn't come so good as they initially looked in the Nex-5's LCD... I'm somehow confused about the NEX-5 in-camera B&W effect - when in this mode can't you adjust apperture, shutter speed, ISO, WB and other parameters?