I find myself taking a lot of outdoorsie pictures these past few years. Once in a while I get a few good photos, but I'd like to step it up; I'd like to take a class or read a book on photography as well as pick up some new equipment. For a few years I used a digital Canon point & click, a snorkeling case for it, and a cheap portable tripod.
Now my camera's kicked the bucket and I'm shopping around for a new one. Any tips? Three things I'd like are good optical zoom, a wide-angle lens, and watertightness. I don't know if I'm ready for SLR. I used to own Photoshop and used it to touch up & recrop a lot of my photos, but I'd rather take good pictures to begin with rather than fix them later.