Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Long Island, NY
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Well, I don't yet know too much about horseback riding, but I do know a lot about cameras and photography. (It's how I earn a living..sort of)
There is a marked difference between a great picture, and wonderful photography.
If you want to become a wonderful photographer, that involves learning how to use light, set your camera, and compose a picture. That is best done with a DSLR or SLR. In this day I recommend a DSLR. A wonderful photograph taken with care should not really need any photoshop work done to it.
A point and shoot camera is great for sticking in your pocket, and taking clear, beautiful pictures. You can't really change the focus, field of view, but you can get crisp, realistic, pictures. For that I recommend the Nikon Coolpix S550.
That camera I take with me everywhere I don't have my DSLR. It is under $500, has a wonderful optical zoom, and has 10megapixels...which is wonderful.
You can always get a point and shoot and work on your composition of shots, and learn what makes a great shot by doing some research. Learn all about iso and f-stop, and aperture. Once you understand all this, you can go get a better camera, with great lenses. I'd save at least $1k for this though.
Oh, and some fun software, that is completely free, is Picassa. Look it up online and download it.
Good luck.(and sorry for my ranting)