I just joined, and I was kinda scared to find that I barely understood half of the BEGINNERS' thread topics. I'd probably get it if I knew all the crazy camera lingo, but I don't. I only just found out what DSLR is, but I don't know why it's the preferred type of camera. Is anyone willing to explain, like...everything to me? I mean, just basics and stuff I need to know. I fancied myself a big shot photographer because my friends fawned over my cute little flower macro shots, but all I really do is point and shoot with a little imagination and sometimes it comes out pretty. Anyway I'm definitely considoring photography more professionally because I know I could do so much more with a better camera. So I'm trying to camera shop, and if anyone has suggestions for someone of my 'level' and in the somewhat flexible budget of $425, I would be superduper grateful!