Ok. I own the old Canon EOS Digital Rebel. I basically used it the last 5 years to take photos of my kids. I have never learned to use it outside the automatic mode. I've been meaning to take lessons but never really got around to doing it. My husband decided to give me a new one for my 32nd birthday. I am now a proud owner of the T1i. And this time I really, really want to learn how to use it and actually take advantage of it instead of treating it as a point-and-shoot! I bought books and watched tutorial videos. This forum is really a good place to start. I can read up on techniques and see how other beginners are learning new tricks. Thanks to everyone who has been really nice!