Just bought my first dSLR. It's a Canon D500 with the 18-55 kit lens. I spent a lot of time as kid with a 35mm in one hand and a light meter in the other so I have a decent grasp of the basics of photography. Digital is a whole new world for me though. Not quite two years ago I bought my first digital camera. It was a little Kodak Easy Share. Nothing special but it opened up the door to digital editing and the ability to see the real detail in my photographs. I spent this weekend trying out my new toy and have some questions I'm hoping some of you might be able to help me with. Here is a photo I took and then edited using Gimp. I know it's not a great shot but it suits the purpose of this post well. Now here is a detail of the unedited pic. My first question is with regards to the color depth. Is it normal for the colors to look so washed out? Is it because it's a jpeg or is it because of the lens? Maybe I did something wrong? My second question is about the detail/clarity. The camera was handheld on a bright sunny day so I would think the shutter speed would be high. (Unfortunately I didn't check.) This is a pretty extreme crop but I expected better detail in the leaves and moss. The lens has image stabilization and I thought I held the camera pretty steady. Am I expecting too much. Did I do something wrong? Is it the lens.