So I just bought a D40 and got around to taking some pictures with it. Initial pictures on AUTO mode were a bit dark, especially for a bright day in central Florida. So I just thought OK, great time to fiddle with the exposure settings and such in the different modes. Then I realized, however, the following: isn't the D40 known for being a good gateway camera for first-time dSLR people? I remember hearing people say that you can get started right away on AUTO mode and that it would already take good pictures. If that's the case, then is THIS considered "a good picture"? Again, it was very bright outside. File name: DSC_0025.JPG File size: 1972433 bytes (3008x2000, 2.6bpp, 9x) EXIF Summary: 1/400s f/10.0 ISO200 18mm (35mm eq:27mm) Camera-Specific Properties: Equipment Make: NIKON CORPORATION Camera Model: NIKON D40 Camera Software: Ver.1.11 Maximum Lens Aperture: f/3.5 Sensing Method: One-Chip Color Area Color Filter Array Pattern: 836 Focal Length (35mm Equiv): 27 mm Image-Specific Properties: Image Orientation: Top, Left-Hand Horizontal Resolution: 300 dpi Vertical Resolution: 300 dpi Image Created: 2009:08:15 13:32:59 Exposure Time: 1/400 sec F-Number: f/10.0 Exposure Program: Not Defined ISO Speed Rating: 200 Exposure Bias: 0 EV Metering Mode: Pattern Light Source: Unknown Flash: No Flash Focal Length: 18.00 mm Color Space Information: sRGB Image Width: 3008 Image Height: 2000 Rendering: Normal Exposure Mode: Auto Scene Capture Type: Standard Gain Control: None Contrast: Normal Sharpness: Normal Subject Distance Range: Unknown ISO Speed Used: 200 Color Mode: COLOR Image Quality: FINE White Balance: AUTO Image Sharpening: AUTO Focus Mode: AF-A Flash Setting: NORMAL Flash Compensation: 0.0 EV ISO Speed Requested: 200 Tone Compensation: AUTO Lens Type: Nikon D Series Lens Range: 18.0 - 55.0 mm; f/3.5 - f/5.6 Auto Focus: Closest Subject, Right Selected, Unknown Focused Shooting/Bracketing Mode: Single Frame/Off Color Mode: Landscape sRGB Lighting Type: NATURAL Noise Reduction: OFF Camera Actuations: 2696 Saturation 2: AUTO Digital Vari-Program: AUTO Other Properties: Resolution Unit: i Chrominance Comp Positioning: Co-Sited Exif IFD Pointer: 216 Compression Scheme: JPEG Compression (Thumbnail) Horizontal Resolution: 300 dpi Vertical Resolution: 300 dpi Resolution Unit: i Offset to JPEG SOI: 29508 Bytes of JPEG Data: 9285 Chrominance Comp Positioning: Co-Sited Exif Version: 2.21 Image Generated: 2009:08:15 13:32:59 Image Digitized: 2009:08:15 13:32:59 Meaning of Each Comp: Unknown Image Compression Mode: 4 Comment: DateTime Second Fraction: 60 DateTimeOriginal Second Fraction: 60 DateTimeDigitized Second Fraction: 60 File Source: Other Scene Type: Unknown White Balance: Auto Digital Zoom Ratio: 1 Saturation: Normal Nikon Note Version: 2.10 Auto Flash Mode: Flash Used: No Image Optimization: i should stress that I could totally be having high expectations for myself/for the camera, and that maybe I really do have to fiddle with the settings to get the right picture. But I thought it'd capture at least half of the light from the sun; this just looks too dark. Thanks again.