Since everyone keeps asking, I requested camera information from my husband. I am definately no photography expert. I took a couple photography lessons in high school which focused on manual SLR cameras. I used to know how to roll my own film, develop the negatives and use them to make prints in a darkroom. But when it comes to all this digital stuff, I defer to my husband.
The great photos we end up with are definately not attributed to our skill. I say it's all camera! Ok my husband corrected me- he says it's not the camera but the LENS. Whatever. All I know is that I turn it on, point it, let it auto-focus and "snap"- I have a photo. My husband bought this camera used on e-bay for like $500 including the lens. It has been the single best purchase we have ever made. Period.
The digital camera is a Canon Rebel XTI. And the lens is a Canon 50mm 1.8 (whatever that means). While the camera in these pics is our camera, the photos feature a different lens.
The only inconvenience is that the lens doesn't zoom in or out. You have to stand back pretty far to fit people into a group picture. But it does phenomenal close ups! And it even has a built in flash although we rarely have to use it.
So if you're looking for a camera- I highly recommend this one! Say goodbye to out of focus pictures forever! Canon should pay me for this review!