You are a most handsome guy.
I did not see any information on your camera. Have you considered experimenting with HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging)? I think it the wave of the future.
Most of the time when you see it, it looks very dramatic, almost like 3D. But photographers all of the world are using it more and more in a subtle way, simply to enhance dynamic range, while maintaining detail in shadows and highlights.
HDRI is now being using in Portrait Photography now too.
You camera is likely to be fully ready. You need to be able to shoot in RAW, and it helps if your camera has auto-bracketing, which I believe it does.
You can process with Photoshop CS2 and above, or with Photomatix.
If you would like more information, just let me know and I will note it too you.