Thank you all for your encouraging words. I actually love the camera, it's the lenses that frustrate me, especially the 55-250mm one. Its image quality really starts to deteriorate quite fast once you pass the halfway point of its length. The 18-55mm is not a bad little lens though, I just wish the maximum aperture was a little wider as I love night and portrait photography.
I've had a lot of photos rejected because of lens issues and I don't have the financial means to buy a expensive lenses, although I've heard the 55mm f/1.8 lens gives decent results so I've just bought one of those on ebay and am waiting for its delivery. I can't wait to play with it.
You all have great portfolios by the way, it's nice to see such seasoned photographers encouraging us less experienced ones, thank you!
The 55-250 is a basic lens and no amount of software can correct a soft lens if the detail isn't there to begin with otherwise no one would buy expensive lenses... That said its very good value for a canon zoom and I'm sure you'd be able to get some good shots on it.
You could also consider selling both your lenses and getting the 18-200, as a more premium lens it has a profile on Canons DPP software so it can use the Digital Lens Optimiser so you don't have to worry about any lens aberration in the future...
The 50mm 1.8 is great, just be careful of your focus when using it fully open as the depth of field is very small... Also it's very fragile, my autofocus has broken after 2 months...
Do not be afraid to purchase a used lens from KEH, E-Bay or Craigs List. A lot of local camera shjops have a nice selection of used equipment also Off brenad lenses are fine in most applications too. Ishoot with 2 Nikon bodies and have 2 Sigma lenses along with a Nikon 18-55mm 2.8 Keep shooting and uiploading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!