The vineyards are getting greener by the day.
I've had a love/hate relationship with this camera (Canon T3i/600D) since I got it three years ago. Every once in a while I get what I think is a good shot -- I'm not talking about composition, but about image quality. It should happen more often than it does. I can't be THAT bad at this. But what if I am? What if I upgrade to a more expensive model only to find out that I'm the problem? I'm afraid to take that step. I feel paralyzed.
Still, there is one thing I have not really explored: shooting in raw mode. I tried it early on, but found that working with raw images in Photoshop Elements was daunting. I've since read about Lightroom and how it's designed for processing raw camera images and is easier to use than Photoshop for that purpose (both are Adobe products). I think I'll do some raw shooting and see if I can download a trial version of Lightroom to check it out. If it works for me, buying Lightroom would be a lot more economical than upgrading to a new camera.