Once you get used to the camera put it on aperture mode you will find the smaller numders will blur the background, and keep the subject sharp. Tne higher the number the sharper the background and the subject. Nine time out of ten when I'm outside I use cloudy white balance, It gives a nice warm red tint to the photo, I only change this if I'm inside a lit building.
It will take you a wee while to get into the way you want it but there is always someone on the site to help you out
thanks graham, i think i am going to have lots of fun trying things out. those pics i loaded up were from inside through the dgu on auto setting. there are dozens of setting available to try on the camera,
with regards to camera i have been taking a few good shots and graham c seems to like them. i,m just a beginner and experimenting but having fun with it. its also got me off my butt and walking a lot more to see what i can find to take photo,s of so a good way of keeping fit too. cheers chris