Edited later to add.. Please ignore this thread I missed out an important part of photography and this is all a moot point, please read post #11 for explanation! Ugh! So basically I think my fault was in my lens I took 50mm 1:8. I tried taking pictures of the lake area all covered in snow, everything was covered in snow and it was extremely bright and sunny too... I tried altering contrast etc, tried a custom WB, ISO They all came back blown I knew they would I could see it in the LCD. I felt it was because of the lens with the high Fstop and that it is best for low light situations.. I dont' have my camera bag yet so I didn't bring my Canon kit lens with me. Would it have made a difference or should I have been able to make it work with this lens without editing after? Canon Rebel XT.