I have a serious case of"Great Photo" envy. In particular, the photos that have blurred areas. Do you see that blurry pink button in the photo above and the (relatively) sharp cat faced button? This happens when you set a camera's F stop to about F4 and a shutter speed to accomodate the light - no flash! Don't use your flash. It stinks unless you really know what you are doing.
I am reading (studying, decoding) my camera's instruction book whilst reading The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos, by Heidi Adnum. It is finally sinking in. A little. This is the first book I've ever read that seems comprehensible to me. There are tons out there that might suit you better, though.
And so it goes: a step in the right direction. I'm using a Canon Powershot A59, it is between a point and shoot and SLR. Adnum would call it an Enthusiast's Camera. I've had it for about 3 years and never really explored the Manual setting possibilities. So I'm really glad to have stumbled upon her book.
A good project whilst recovering from this danged flu. Geez, does it really take this long? I've never had flu before and next year I'll get the shot.