Don't forget about Black and White. You will have orange and red filters built into the camera. For Depth of contrast. Or you can convert it on the computer also. Just get out there and play with all of the settings. Set to automatic modes and notice the speeds, aperture, and exposure. Then play with the settings.
Anyone shot sledding with shorter focal length lens? DSLRs produce great image quality but are heavy and bulky to carry. Compacts are easy to carry but there are obvious image quality concerns. I've been looking at the Sigma DP2 with it's large DSLR sensor which would produce very rich and crisp images in a compact size camera. What I don't know about is it's a f2.8/41mm fixed lens. I like to get as close as possible to subjects I'm shooting but don't know if this lens would just be too limiting for outdoor action photography? Thoughts?
Practice plenty, can't say that enough. Also get a good Post Processing program and practice with it as well. No one has mentioned it that I read, but PP can take a so-so capture and make it pop with just a few simple corrections.
Here's a few I've taken for submittal on DPS flickr
I wanted a good mix of quality pics and compactness.... went with the . So far i'm impressed. Not quite a DSLR (Cost or quality), but way more (features and size) than the pocketable point-and-shoot cameras.
Tradeoffs to everything... but i'm happy with it and it takes decent pics