DH is in London, England for a week with work and took the DSLR with him. So I am stuck with my P&S, which is decent but doesn't give me the flexibility of the DSLR (it doesn't even have a M mode). The weather has been really warm lately and I'd like to go out with Natalie and take some shots. Has anyone found any articles on getting great photos with a P&S?
Seeing my name calls me out of lurkdom... thanks for the kind comment, Sadie!
Amanda, does it have an aperture-priority mode? I'd start there, if so. If not, try its portrait mode, which I think generally veers on the side of a wider open aperture.
But honestly? Shooting portraits with a P&S really sucks. The sensor size in relation to the aperture is so lousy that you cannot achieve a nice depth of field.
Having said that, if you really want to do portraits, you should look for a field or something where you can position your daughter FAR from anything too distracting in the background, or else somewhere like putting her up against a brick wall where the wall is "part" of the image and not intended to be blurred out under normal circumstances.
White balance and colour are dependent on the P&S you have, but you should try to see if there are WB options, as whenever I shoot on "Auto" with my P&S, I am unhappy with the results.
Hope this helps. Good luck, it's really tough shooting portraits with a P&S!!