Hey guys, I purchased a Nikon D40 with the basic lense, which was the AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm. Now, I have been fiddling with the thing for a while, figuring out what the ISO, aperture, and exposures produce. However, one thing I never seem to get figured out is why in order to capture an image of a room that is relatively well-lit (at least it seems so to my human eyes) I have to use a flash. Now, I know I don't have to. When I use the manual settings in a room with one fluorescent bulb which is lit well enough for humans to see everything, I tried using the highest ISO settings, the lowest aperture, and then switching in between exposure settings. But there is never a sweet spot. Either the image comes out sharper but extremely dark to the point where faces are barely visible(smaller exposure), or the exposure is too long and the image will be well lit but very blurry. I can take a decent photo with a flash, but I for some reason I hate flash pictures. I just don't like the way a face, or a subject object appears when it is sprayed with that much light. I've always liked the pictures with no flash much better. Maybe I am just messing with the wrong settings, or maybe my understanding of the settings is what's at fault, but that's why I came here. Do I need a new lense in order to take good pictures in not so bright rooms without a flash, or do I just need to learn to use my camera? Thanks for all the prospective help.