I think the title pretty much tells all there is to tell. I guess I could complain about the lens on my camera not being fast enough to get the shallow depth of field I wanted. The best the lens can do is f/2.8. To get really shallow depth of field shots (that’s where one part of the subject is in focus while everything behind it — or in front of it — is out of focus) you need lens with a really wide aperture, like something in the range of f/2.0 to f/1.4. The smaller the number the larger the aperture. Large aperture lenses are also necessary for low-light and night shots. Most compact point & shoots are lucky to achieve f/2.8. A couple of advanced compacts, such as the Panasonic LX3 and Canon’s new S90 are f/2.0. I think Ricoh has one that’s f/1.7, which is pretty amazing for a compact camera. The downside is these cameras usually don’t have much zoom. If you own a dSLR, then you can buy a lens for this purpose. A 50mm prime at f/1.8 is pretty cheap (good for portrait photography), but if you want something that zooms, or a wide angle lens, then expect to slap down many hundreds of buckaroos. Wow, considering my opening statement, I sure blathered on, didn’t I?