Originally Posted by centrix
heh awesome, im aiming to become a street photographer of some sort. taking people interests me.
i seem to need a new camera for that though, im a bigger than average asian, and taking pictures with a dslr which is usually a big camera scares kids and some pets. im contemplating the cost vs forcing myself to learn this camera
Edit: which pic has lens distortion? and how do i correct it
Pic 4, look at the light post on the left and the buildings on the right. They're leaning inwards. You can fix this by moving further away or using a wider angle lens and then crop it so what you have left is the center of the image. All lenses do this to a certain extent. You'll hear us talking a lot about better glass. This is one of the reasons why. Of course you could drive yourself nuts in PS if you want to. I wouldn't.
Street photography is interesting stuff. With a little practice and a whole lot of shutter clicks you can learn how to take pics without looking through the viewfinder or staring at the LCD. Of course those cameras with tilt LCD live view work great for this. Telephoto lenses are also your friend. The entire idea behind street photography is catch the moment without your subject being aware of you. Once they know you're there the whole scene changes and becomes labored at best. The best way to think about it is you're a ninja. You're there but not there.
Going backwards from a DSLR is generally not a good idea. Eventually getting a really good P&S camera to augment your DSLR isn't a bad idea. They're easier to carry around but the trade off is glass and functionality.