Just found the forum while Googling Glosy vs Matte. Found one of the best threads on the Web!
I guess I lie in that no mans land between pro and amateur which means I am confused most of the time. To give some idea I spent hours in the darkroom doing the Zone System calibrations of film,paper, and developers back in the late 50's and early 60's. (I'm 78). I still have my early Miranda SLR and Kodak Retina II.
Now I'm into the digital world (I better be, I'm an electronic engineer and programmer) and have a Canon Rebel XTi. So far I'm using Elements 5, but may upgrade to one of the CS's if I find it worth the $.
I live in the Mojave Desert of Calif. and own a Jeep, all of which gives me some interesting stuff to shoot. I also have an overwhelming batch of 33mm slides from those early days that I am working on digitizing using a lightbox and the Canon.
I'll be posting more in some of the forums and am looking forward to getting involved.