So I think the number one thing I was getting was that my photos are shadowy, because I was always afraid to use my flash. So today I practiced some with it, and without it. Yes, these are snapshots, but I was focusing on three things: Clear focus, and even lighting/exposure/whatever you want to call it, and getting a good one to send to the grandparents. None of these are edited at all, and I'm not worried about the composition or anything, just working on "fill flash" or whatever it is. I "get" it, but I couldn't explain it back to anyone so please forgive my lack of correct terms. Without flash, indoors.: With flash, indoors. I see the difference, but to my untrained eye he looks so pale. Is it just because he is pale? I just really don't want to white him out, that's why I'm so intimidated by the flash. With flash, indoors, with my back to the sun and windows (I think this gave the best lighting, even though there's a pole coming out of his head.:er Without flash, outdoors under a tree... Now I feel like some people would say there are shadows on his face and it's not very well exposed. I see that... but I tried to shoot on manual, and couldn't get the meter to the center, it was completely to the "-" side no matter what I did. This is probably lack of knowledge on my part of how to use my camera, so I'm looking it up after I post this. With flash, outdoors under the tree... So thinking I'd get rid of the shadowy splotches, I tried flash. Didn't turn out so well. So outside, I tried as many different settings as I could while chasing my son around, like trying to adjust the flash compensation and the exposure compensation, but they all turned out like the one above. So there you have it. I feel like I'm better at it, but I still don't completely get it. I'll work on it, but any advice or feedback you can tell me about what I'm doing right or wrong will really help me! Thank you in advance!!