I feel like I will be forever a newbie, because I keep starting and stopping...basically when things get hard I tend to give up and lose interest for a while. Anyway...I finally overcame the last hurdle that caused me to quit last time, which was the horrible AF on my rebel XT. I couldn't manual focus either because of my bad vision and the diopter was unable to compensate. OK, for my question...what is the big deal with shooting in RAW anyways? I know almost nothing about photoshop (but i do own a copy of cs3) so however I shoot an image is how I see it, I do very little editing. I would like to learn but I think I need to work on things 1 at a time... I'd rather take better pictures than have to compensate for that in PS, ya know? SOoo...that being said...is there any particular reason I do need to shoot in RAW? The files seem so huge and won't open on Windows Photo Gallery, which is what I use to get pics off the camera. I don't have any of the canon software either, I lost the disks and couldn't get the software to download off the site because my version of vista was not compatible.