I come from a long line of printers and have grown up around film, darkrooms, and now digital imaging. Graphic arts and photography have always been interests of mine but growing up I never made the time to really get involved in the photography end of things more than taking lots of pictures with P&S cameras. My newest camera is a Powershot SX10 IS and I absolutely love the camera but feel overwhelmed when it comes to using manual. I am doing lots of reading online and trying to understand how everything should be set. I have a basic knowledge of what the ISO, aperature and shutter speed are but knowing how to use them along with white balance seems like it is something that will take a long time to get right. I have decided to dive in though and try to get proficient at sooner but most likely later. I have always had a fascination with night scenes and I am thinking about buying another camera in the next few months in order to have access to long shutter speeds. The Canon T2i is what I had been thinking of getting and it will be my first SLR. I don't have a ton of money for lenses though so I am going to really miss not having my 20x zoom like the SX10 because I use it quite a bit. I guess though that no single camera is good for everything. I realize I have just kinda rambled on but it is very late and I am very tired and I welcome anyone to give me any advice or thoughts on what I might want to purchase or what the best way to learn is because reading is fine and dandy but nothing beats hands on experience so I always end up reading about settings while holding my camera in my lap and playing with the buttons.