I used to have (still have actually) an SLR and used to know how to use the aperture/shutter speed/manual focus/ISO but it is so long since I used it that I've forgotten it all. I'm strictly a compact girl now.
I would love to know how to get/simulate "proper" SLR effects with a compact camera. For example the short depth of field - can you force the macro setting?
Is it better to use the black and white setting on the camera, or convert it with PSE etc. afterwards?
What is the maximum resolution to aim for, that will print clearly at 8 1/2 x 11" but isn't an unnecessarily big file-size to store on my hard drive?