Just don't try to learn everything at once (you can't).
A read through of the manual is a good idea, but I would not get too involved with the detail just yet.
Pick out one feature that sounds like it will be useful to you and learn how to use that one feature.
Once you understand the feature and how to use it, go on to another feature.
It is not a race, so take your time.
And take lots of photos.
I wonder if they have turkey in Turkey!
That photo of me was taken one Christmas and I was full of Christmas dinner. Very relaxed at the time.
Joe, It has been three months since purchasing the new SD500 Canon Digital Elph. Finall unpacked it and started to load the battery and the 1GB SD card that I bought separately. Reformatted the card. Set up FINE for my pics and auto focus. Still have to read more about this power-house camera and what it will do. Plan on taking the camera to Turkey this coming Thanksgiving. On-board the aircraft for eight hours, I should learn a lot from the manual.
One thing that really surprized me about the SD500 compared to my older S400, is the size.
The SD500 really is smaller! How interesting to see that! How did Canon ever do that?
You were right concerning your post three months ago:
Learning the SD500 will take you a long time, or something like that.
What a learning-curve is ahead for me!!!
Just wanted to let you know Joe.
Off Subject: Went to Wayne Hardy's Web site and viewed your photo portrait. You look relaxed. Nice photo of you down in Texas.