As it is, I am currently borrowing a basic P&S camera till I am able to get the SX102IS (yes, I know thats another P&S camera, but it will allow me to have full manual controls). The one im using now only allows me to have about 1/3 manual controls. With full manual controls, it is much easier to take more interesting pictures that don't look like a snapshot (mainly due to the fact if being able to control DoF, and shutter speed and what not). Whereas a basic P&S camera, you cannot. Now I know that a lot of taking a good non snapshot picture is creativity. Especially when it comes to composure. Thing is, I was outside in the yard earlier trying to take a picture of a Mexican fire bush flower with a lightly cloudy sky as the background. But it seemed that no matter how I tried, it still looked like a snapshot to me. Granted, it looked nice, but I felt like the flower wasn't right (maybe it was too small of a flower to do this with), or there was too much void with the sky (shooting rule of thirds) or several other random thing. I even tried taking a picture of a sun dial thats sitting on top of a rock in the yard, but any way I looked at it, it looked like a plain old snapshot. What im wondering is, is it because I am limited with a P&S camera that I only see things in a snapshot way? Or am I just in a "Snapshot" frame of mind which is what's limiting me? If im in a "Snapshot" frame of mind, what would be some things I can do to break free of that? Is there some sort of basic exercises that can be practiced to break free of this. Or is it just something I have to gradually learn hands on as I go along?