To answer Gloria's question in yesterday comments, here's what I look for in a digital camera.
1. At least a 3 megapixel picture size. This will produce excellent 4x6 photos and good 8x10. If you think you're going to print a lot of 8x10 photos or larger, choose 4 or 5 megapixel and be prepared to pay more for it. All the photos on this blog were taken by a 3.3 mexapixel camera.
2. An optical zoom. A lot of cameras have digital zoom, which basically only increases the size of the information already there. This adds "noise" and "jaggies." An optical zoom is best.
3. A flash that allows at least these four settings: Always on, Always off, red-eye reduction and automatic. If you can find one that has a hot shoe to attach a flash, all the better, but those are only on high-end digital.
4. Memory card expansion slot. Usually these are Compact Flash or Secure Digital, which are the most common and cheapest to buy. You're going to want to buy the largest cards you can afford.
5. A mount so that you use a tripod. A tripod will allow you take great close-up pictures and portraits so you need a camera that will accept a tripod.
6. A size that feels comfortable in your hands. The emphasis today is on smaller and smaller cameras. Some of them, however cute and cool, aren't practical. No place to place your fingers, and you need a toothpick to operate their controls. Go to a store that allows you to pick up a camera and see how it feels.
7. The largest preview screen that you can find. This is helpful indoors, but don't buy a camera that doesn't have an optical viewfinder. Those LCD screens are useless in sunlight or bright light.
As for brands, I like HP and Epson. Olympus, Nikon, Canon and Kodak also have some nice digital cameras. My personal fave: HP for the way it meshes with their printers.
I hope this helps, Gloria, and I hope to see your pictures on your blog soon.