Is it true that taking a person’s photograph steals their soul?
Yes. This is why movie stars, fashion models, politicians and pop singers have such dreadful personality and relationship problems - their souls have been severely depleted by all the photographs which have been taken of them.- from a very good Canon EOS Beginner's FAQ. Especially good is the section on lenses. I think the FAQ is general enough that any beginner with an SLR camera would benefit from reading it.