I want to be able to post some pictures in a larger size, especially the birds.
I have learned a little more about my camera...it is about time. I have had it for a a couple of years. There is a very generous member named Sharon on the GardenWeb Cooking Forum who takes professional pictures of food. She has generously created a blog called Food Photo Tips at http://foodphototips.blogspot.com/. I have applied the closeup shot method to the birds. I take them all through the kitchen window using the zoom until it is not blurry and in macro. I sometimes adjust the White Balance and sometimes leave it on automatic.
I am using a Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ8, which is just a point and shoot or you can do some manual adjustments.....I haven't got beyond this.