not a huge difference, but i definitely have improved for sure. after getting the 50mm i realized that when you put the shutter wide open you get more blur. FML why didnt i know that sooner? LOL. but i have improved for sure this week from last week. lightroom helped my pics ALOT. lightroom is so much easier to use than photoshop and im so much more pleased with the results. ive appreciated my 35-70 alot more than before now. played with it quite a bit these few days. havent touched that lens in months! but yeah, im comfortable with my d90 but the autofocus really pisses me off. a quarter of the time it doesnt focus on the right thing. and the screen. fuck i feel like im looking at a game boy color when looking at the damn screen. its pixelated as fuck. otherwise im pretty happy with it. what i want right now are more lens though. 35mm 1.8 is on top of my list of wants right now. played with that lens twice and its fucking bokehlishous. its got alot of blur for sure even though its wider than the 50mm. when using the 50mm i always stand so far away when shooting some things :( but yeah for now ive improved on the focusing and controlling the light. only need to know how to create crazy effects in photoshop now lol.