I just recently got the Canon Rebel XTi and 2GB CF card Link. It is mostly for school but I want to start taking more photos for manipulating and all that stuff being that graphic design is my major and I am sick of using stock photos. My problem is that there are to many damn settings on the dial and I always think I selected the right type but then the picture is either way to dark(even with flash) or super blurry. I heard that RAW mode is the way to go when taking pictures but I don't know why and it just seems like an unnecessary step because I then have to convert them to JPG anyways. So I really need some tips from people who know what they are talking about and maybe can recommend anything else that I might want to get for it that will make life easier, like a certain lens or something. Thanks for the help Guys & Gals.