So I finally figured out enough camera stuff to be able to get decent shots.
First you need to know about a few camera terms and their settings
-----The Triforce of Exposure-----
These 3 options are the most important part of taking a good photo
ISO- This is how sensitive your camera is to light. Lower ISO means you get a finer, crisper picture but it becomes less sensitive to light. Higher means the picture will be fuzzier but will capture more light. You can think of this as makes darks darker and lights lighter.
-I switch between 200 and 400 depending on the mode I put my flowlights on
Shutter Speed- Probably the most important since you are taking a motion picture, this is how long the camera will capture the action. In Auto mode the camera normally takes a picture in 1/60 of a sec., most levels you will find are for fractions of seconds but all cameras have at least 1 full second for shutter speed. Because you are filming over a long period of time if you are holding the camera then even the smallest shakes will make the picture blur so a tripod is a must.
Aperture- You will probably find this on your camera as F#. This is how much light your camera lets in (note this is different then ISO which is how sensitive the camera is), think of Aperture as the iris of your eye, the larger the hole the more light is let in and the smaller the less light. One thing to keep in mind when setting this is that smaller numbers let in more light and vice versa.
These 3 things are the most important to taking a photograph (Focus is also up there but I overlook it most times and just put on autofocus) and will make the biggest impact in your pictures
Flash- (Coming Soon (maybe))
Focus- (Coming Soon (maybe, don't get your hopes up for these))
For more detailed and probably better information go to http://www.digital-photography-school.com/