I ended up picking up a Fuji Finepix S5200 to try some more advanced photography. Now, I need the tips from the veterans...I'm still trying to pick up on all these manual settings . I wanted to try some different things with time exposures. I wanted to try some time exposures of clouds, and waterfalls, and some other things. My aperture settings range from f3.2 to f8. My shutter speed ranges from 15 sec. to 1/2000 of a sec. ISO range is 64 to 1600. I picked up an ND2 filter hoping it would help limit the light, but didn't seem to be enough. What do you guys think about stacking filters? Maybe I'll pick up another ND4 or ND8 filter and stack it with the ND2 for things like cloud time exposures. Also, what would you recommend for taking cloud shots, even if I were to use f8, 15 sec, and ISO 64 what would you say would be the minimum power on the ND filters to get a decent shot? I realized that ND2 filter barely cuts any light out, but I'm new to all this . As far as a nice waterfall shot, what would you say are good settings to get that nice soft, cotton looking water? One more thing, I took a lot of landscape shots today in auto mode and I wasn't happy with the quality out of any of them. Is it better to shoot in a manual mode and just mess around with settings until I get a nice looking shot? O yea, any tips/suggestion on sunsets? I'm getting overwhelmed/aggravated trying to get decent shots, but I can't seem to make 100% sense out of all these settings. Thanks for any help.