1. If you're not going to need a huge sized photo and you want the best IQ is it better to lower the resolution on the camera or is it better to take it in the best resolution and just resize it with editing software? On my new camera if you use large size it's 12 MP, but then the next size down jumps all the way down to 6 MP. 2. Can someone give examples of when to change shutter speed? I was assuming you would want it lower when dealing with something in motion? 3. What about changing apeture? I read the 200+ page manual and think I somewhat understand what it "is", but wasn't sure what it truly "means" to the final result when using different focal lengths. 4. Can editing software truly help a lot? If so then why do people even bother complaining about default pic quality if they can "fix" things such as soft photos? 5. I saw there is an IS mode called "panning". i think I understand properly that if yuo're dealing with sports or some other motions you would use that as it then doesn't use IS horizontally. Also if I happen to be generally steady with a camera is it good to get that IS lowered way down? I assume that's a eys if I truly am stable with it as I say. 6. Since I've never used a digital camera before I guess it would be best to start with auto mode, then gradually work my way up the modes through program, the auto apeture mdoe, the auto shutter speed mode, then to manual mode as I learn mroe and more how to best change settings? It's actually kind of exciting learnign some of this as I really wanted a camera more for every day absic stuff, but I bet I'll like learning how to do all these settings rather than just using auto. Hopefully it does help by learnign about all of it though as it would be kind of depressing to become knowledgeable and then it turn out that auto did everything wisely to begin with. On a side note... I think it's kind of humorous that a NY Times writer said people should never buy another point and shoot camera, camcorder, or desktop computer and that these cameras won't take a much better picture than a smartphone. I hope that's indeed incorrect and also I hope they keep- saying it though where demand will go down and cause prices to drop.