First off, I know absolutely nothing about photography beyond maybe the importance of getting as much light as possible into a shot. That being said, I've been taking pictures with an iPhone 4S and it's gotten to a point where the limitations have become far too much for me to deal with. I've read a few threads and articles on this board and on other websites, and there seems to be a consensus that the Nikon D3300 would be a good one to start out with. I do appreciate that it has a guide mode for people like me without a clue. Also I found one on Ebay with a lens and a copy of LR for only $400 which sounds good to me. I figure if I want more lenses then I'll figure out which ones as I grow into it. From reading that you would think that I've made a decision, but I'm not quite there yet. I keep reading that mirrorless cameras are the future and that if you are starting in photography that it may be good to learn on what will be commonplace in the future. The Sony A6000 seems like a good place to go if I were to go on that route since it is comparable to the D3300, yet it would cost at least $200 more. Money isn't really an object in my case, yet I may have a hard time buying something that has similar performance at a higher cost. Part of me wants to say screw it and get an iPhone 6+ at full cost since I need a new phone soon anyway and it would only be about $400 more. But I also understand the growth possible with DSLRs (and mirrorless) in regards to different lenses, zooming, better blurred effects, low light, etc. Also do people generally use Lightroom exclusively? Does a program like Pixelmator ever come into play? Basically I'm really confused and was hoping someone could steer me in the right direction. Thoughts?