Hi Ray, and welcome!
The Rebel XT
( 350D ) is a perfect entry-level DSLR, that's for sure...it has high megapixels, a rather fast frame rate, and is just right for becoming familiar with DSLR photography!
My first dslr was a Rebel ( 300D ), which I used until about half a year ago, and also easily made the cut for airliners.net.
A few things you might want to look after when starting out.
- Look at the photos online here ( I guess you already do
), but still.....SEEING what makes it into the database, and recognizing the photos' technical details helps you a huge amount when starting! If you, for example, are off to LAX
....take an hour or two the previous evening, browse through the LAX
shots and see which spot you are going to shoot from, see how other photographers accomplished their shots, and try to reproduce them!
It's a lot easier to know what you want before actually trying. If then get home, compare yours to others, see what you did well, and what you would want to improve next time! The perfect learning experience.
- Take your camera's manual with you!!! It really covers EVERYTHING about your camera, so if you seem to be lost, have a read!
When I received my first DSLR, I only had about half a year SLR experience, mainly in Program mode....so basically none.... I learnt from the manual, and internet sites, and forums..... it's trial and error mainly, but you'll get there!!!
And the most important factor - have fun, out on a sunny afternoon, shooting aircraft