So I'm going to be taking some pictures of my friends tonight, we're going to be dressed up and going out. I asked before about blurry pictures using the preset portrat mode on my camera, and solidshot recommended using a 1/125 shutter speed for point and shoot. It's supposed to be very cloudy and we will be shooting pictures in the early evening. Aside from using the "cloudy" white balance and using shutter priority and setting the shutter to 1/125 is there any other settings I should utilize? What about shooting inside?
If your pictures are dark when setting it to 1/125sec expossure then chances are the camera can't set the lens to a wide enough (low numerical value) f-stop to allow for enough light to reach the sensor for a properly exposed picture.
The key is to keep the shutter speed at least equil to your focal length. So if your camera has a 35-140mm lens and your shooting a group shot at the widest angle the camera offers which would be 35mm in this case then try and keep the shutter speed at 1/35sec or faster... the higher the shutter speed the less likely your end results will come out blurred.
It's going to be tough to get some great shots inside of there isn't a whole lot of light. What you can try is putting the ISO as high as it'll go on the A610 which is ISO 400. Then try putting the shutter speed down to 1/60 but try to keep your hands very still. I suggested 1/125 because you more than likely shouldn't get any blurry pictures at that handheld with the A610.
If you want, you could always put it in Manual mode. The A610 It allows you to sync the flash up to a shutter speed of 1/500. This way you could put the ISO low, put the aperture lower (you can put it from f/2.8 through f/8.0) and put the shutter speed up to 1/500 with flash.
Although I hate flash, I like working with natural light.