First let me congratulate you for taking such beautiful pictures of your orchids. I don't think you need any more advice on handling of this camera! Second, those orchids are beautiful - and among them one of my all-time favourites V Nellie Morley in the first picture (or at least an Emma van Deventer cross). Third, the Coolpix 8800 is not a DSLR. but an excellent capable camera, nonetheless - your excellent photos are proof of that.