Hi Sara. Two things to think about. If you want to take on our friend Kirby, then an SLR on a tripod is the way to go. [Not to mention a few years practice and study] Then a day comes when you are visiting a daff. breeders garden and see a super flower that you just have to photograph. Best hope it’s growing in a pot ‘cos if its in the middle of a bed you’ve no hope with a normal SLR. If you have your little compact. and the sun is shining brightly on the monitor, you wont see nuthing. So there are little cameras that twist in the middle like the Nikon S10 so the lens can point up at a flower but the monitor is flat to your eye. It’s great provided the sun is not too bright as it has no optical view finder. Best option in my view is a camera, SLR or compact, that has a hinged monitor that will twist in any direction but also has an optical viewer. Ask at as many good camera shops as you can find and check some websites like Nikon and Pentax. Good luck Rob Murray in sunny Victoria.