On the photo-ing front, and in a blatant attempt to steal this thread, I offer the following hints. No pro at this myself, but have learnt a few things over the past, especially about options pertinent to our needs. The owner’s manual is near 300 pages, chock full of info. Which is why I haven’t read and “absorbed” from it. Experience being the best teacher and all.
The “tulip” icon, and we’re talking digital camera here, Mr. Ray, not an INSTAMATIC 126(with rotating flash cube), is the best setting for shots like Ray’s sectioned projectiles. Excellent shot there, by the way. No glare. Coulda used a little more cropping, but shows them well. That’s the MACRO setting and lets you get up close and personal. Lighting being the deciding factor on details.
Focusing is affected by pushing half way down on the shutter button and waiting 'til the little green box(es) appears and the picture steadys in the viewer. Locks it in, so to speak. My problem is having a decent display on the view screen. Inside is never a problem, but sunlight pretty much washes it out and I just go for it. Easy enough to delete if unacceptable.
Photoshopping skills are where I’m really lacking, but learning something new every time I use it. Probably the best tool for getting a displayable shot, enhancing and cropping for the definition in it. The options available for touching-up a photo are endless.
And sorry, Ray. Really didn’t want to steal this, but noting your improving skillz in such a short time is what this is really all about. I’d recommend reading the owner’s manual for details, but pushing buttons and seeing what happens isn’t the worst way to learn. Unless you’re in EOD or something. Probably only works once.