I am going to be working up on the North Slope for the next two summers doing caribou habitat work. I've always been intrigued by outdoors photography and have wanted to try my hand at it, but the cost has been prohibitive. It still is, but I actually have more of an excuse now to spring for a camera (I need to have pictures to show for what I've been doing). I would like to buy a used camera/lens kit, but I am not sure what would be a good one to buy. My budget is pretty puny, $300, $400 absolute tops. I realize this cuts out on virtually all cameras, but I am not looking for anything super fancy, just a starter camera to play around with, and learn what features I'd like for future cameras and whatnot. I already have a little point-and-shoot camera but it's dying and I would like to try out a DSLR camera.
I also know like absolutely nothing about the terminology, specifications, etc... so can anyone recommend any good books, websites, or workshops in the Fairbanks area?