I would like to get a DSLR camera this year and take classes to learn how to use it. I want a good basic camera and I have no idea what to buy. One of the blogs I read has a girl who takes great pics and she has a Canon Rebel XT (which they don't make anymore), and these 2 lenses: a 50mm/1.4 and a 24-70 L series. I don't even know what those lenses are supposed to do. I would like to spend as little money as possible...maybe around $500 total?
My objectives? To take really good clear pictures of my kids that aren't too shadowy outside and too overexposed because of flash inside. My pics also are grainy and I can't figure out our camera (point and shoot), even though it has 7.2 mp, which I thought was good.
Can someone please school me in what would be my basic needs? I don't want to go to the camera store and have someone take me for a ride $-wise.