First and foremost, read your camera's manual. It is an invaluable source of information. It doesn't hurt to have it stored in the case with you to look up things when you feel like getting a bit creative. My first digital camera had "modes" to select for different lighting challenges. There was a "night portrait" I discovered one evening when my husband and I were shooting photos on a dock at sunset. Using that selection allowed me to take gorgeous photos of us where you got us in the foreground but didn't loose the background. Essentially I know how to do that with my SLR today but it takes a little figuring and shooting and adjusting sometimes. Knowing you have a "night portrait" selection can make the difference between getting what you want in the long run.
Happy Memorial Day! We're headed upstate tomorrow to see some beautiful settings. Stay posted for some new photos. Happy shooting!