You will find that the simple, basic tips that Hot Sauce has documented are pretty good. He, WDWFigment and several others have written a lot for we laymen. Their tips have done a lot for my photography skills. I used to use my P&S and just take pictures. Now after a lot of reading and using the knowledge my skills have grown exponentially. I have since ditched the P&S for a DSLR and would never have done so without the knowledge passed down from these tips that allowed me to do so without fear.