Hi, new to forum and I got some questions perhaps you guys could help me with. First I'll give you some history about myself, a few years back I got a sony cyber shot as a gift and started taking pictures..all nature photo's. Some came out ok but the camera is old now and never really had the ability to add accessories. Two names I hear for digital cameras are nikon and canon perhaps nikon being better. What I need to know is what would be best for a beginner on a budget but one that I could grow into, get years of use out of and has plenty of different lenses, accessories etc. Next would be what is some of the better names for photo editing software that is very user friendly but produces great results when one learns how to use it to it's fullest, and would be for a pc. Also since photo equipment in general is so expensive where would be good places to look for used equipment in good condition? And lastly what text books or other literature on the subject for beginner digital photography would be considered a must have.