You need to learn about digital workflow.
Here's a starter workflow for you.
1. Set your camera in RAW mode.
2. Shoot. (say you do 250 photos in a day)
3. When you get home copy your photos onto your hard disk.
4. View the RAW files & select those you want to work on. (prob between 5-25 images)
5.Do RAWprocessing on those files: Convert, Sharpen, Crop, Clean, Noise, Levels, Colour, Sharpen, etc. Save.
6.Output - print or to web.
Now #5 is a big topic butautomation can be applied from almost total to almost none.
Sounds like a lot of work, and it can be, but it's only a small fraction of the equivalent you need to do with film.
Here are a couple of links to get you thinking, and google can find you a bunch of others..
1. A decent RAW converter. (Bibble light (free)will do or Photoshop Elements.)
2. A decent editing package. (Photoshop Elements will do, or I suppose GIMP if you have no money.)
3. A decent noise reduction program. (NeatImage has a free version.)
Thanks a lot for your suggestion peripatetic
. I will try to fulfill them once I get my dSLR.
Now I am still using a P & S). (DSC-N1).