I have loved photography since I was in high school. I took photo all 4 years and wanted to continue but got married at an early age and never got around to learning more. Mind you this was before digital and now with so many cameras out I am in a sea of confusion. I want to buy a DSLR and have been going back and forth between a Canon 30D or a Nikon 40X. I have heard that for the amature or new to DSLR the Nikon is best because it is easy to learn from. The other issue I have is that I cannot remember anything I learned in high school. Aperature, f... what!, and all the other mumbo jumbo about a cameras settings. I want to find a website, or someone willing to teach me the ins and outs of photography without it costing me an arm and a leg. I don't want to be a professional, I just want to take pictures of family, friends, and our 2 fur kids without the pictures looking "amature". I love the way "soft" pictures look and pictures that are crisp, without a lot of noise. A lot of information I know, but if someone can help guide me, I would be completely appreciative for the rest of my life!!