Did you see the couple I posted? I really enjoy taking pictures, I use to take them all the time when I got my first decent camera. Mostly at different sporting events. I never learned how to use all the settings but always wanted to. I can't do anything even remotely close to what you guys can do but I still enjoy it and I have a couple at home I am semi proud of...well atleast I was at the time I took them lol
No, I didn't see a couple posted... At least not that I can remember.
Also, don't worry about the camera too much. If your camera has manual adjustments, you can do a lot.
I know it's not great, but when you are in a bind, you have to do what you have to do. I created the photo below with a point and shoot and three lights set as slaves which were triggered from the point and shoot flash. I covered the point and shoot flash a little bit with my hand so that its flash did not contribute to the shot.