Yup! I woke up and decided today was the day. Forget being patient. Forget waiting for my b-day in April. I couldn't wait another moment. I skipped out of work at lunch and bought myself a new camera! It's a Canon Rebel XS. It was on sale through January 15th, and the decision to wait or buy now on sale has been eating at me. I'd done my research and was sure this was a good starter DSLR for me. I'm super happy with it. Here's a new photo of the studio on auto pilot mode-
This was taken in the same low lighting conditions that I complained about previously. The picture is much sharper, especially when you leave the focus area and explore the edges of the photo. You might need to double click to truly notice. I had begun to explore ISO and aperture with my point and shoot, especially in low light situations. It was not a huge success since the camera had limitations. Now, I will really be able to see the differences the settings create and learn to manually compose my pictures...slowly but surely.Southern in my Heart!