Hi all. I've been a shutterbug since I got my first camera at age 6. As an adult I've been the one who takes all the photos at family functions, etc. I've always just spent the money for a good quality point and shoot, but never felt justified in spending the big bucks to get a serious camera. Well, I'm pushing 40 now, and dammit! I'm not going to feel guilty about spending money on a hobby of mine! Ha...so... I'm looking for my first digital SLR. I'm a total beginner when it comes to things such as lenses, exposure, and all that. I'm leaning towards the Canon Rebel XTi. Is this a good choice? I have a great eye for composition, if I do say so myself, so I think I'm going to be pretty good once I learn how to use the camera. I would love to do some semi-professional work down the road. I love photographing people, but more in candid, action shots than portraits. I also love landscapes, graveyards, old abandoned shacks on the side of the road (I live in rural NC and there are alot of those), and beaches. Any suggestions on what camera and/or accesories I need? I'd like to keep the total budget under $1000 right now.