We are the very excited new owners of a DSLR. It’s a Canon EOS Rebel XS. I did the research and read the product reviews. I think for what I need right now and the price, that this was the right one for us. Right now I still need to learn how to use it in manual mode and am nowhere near the skill level that would even be able to make use of all the features of a pricier, fancier model. I’ve already taken a couple shots while I wait for my 16GB memory card to arrive from Amazon.com just to check it out, and I’m loving it.
I think it’s great that more people have access to better cameras. There’s also lots of great information (that I have yet to really start reading) on the internet about taking better photos, too. Now you don’t have to be a professional to have photos of your kids that you really love nor do you have to wait until you’re scheduled for a photoshoot with one (although it’s still worth it to us to hire one to take family photos at least once a year).
One great book that our family photographer recommended is How to Photograph Your Baby by Nick Kelsh. It’s written with parents, grandparents, or anyone who loves a baby in mind and has a lot of great, easy tips for improving your family photos without having to understand the technical stuff (I think the baby version is a lot better than his family version of the book). I think every parent should have a copy.
I have the older edition from when film cameras ruled because a virtually new (I can’t tell if it’s used or not) copy was less than $5 with shipping from Ebay.com, but it has the same tips as the revised edition, minus the information about digital cameras.