Well it turns out that even this 5 year old "point and shoot" has the ability to do a lot of things that a big, expensive camera can do. It can't do all of them, it can't do what they do as fast, it doesn't have as much flexibility either. BUT it does give you some control to creativily make a photograph. Even with this camera you don't have to just "point and shoot"!
You can change the aperture two stops from 2.8 to 4.0 which controls the "Depth of Field" (DOF). It also allows you to control the shutter speed by quite a few stops either faster or slower.
So even an old basic camera has built into it some features that can help you be more creative. And if you happen to have a much newer one you'll have even more features and flexibility.
Grab that manual and if you need, grab that mentor and start to explore!