I've been reading a lot about this but I'm still confused. I think that I'm starting to understand it (just when I was ready to give up on RAW and go back to JPG). There's only so much you can do with levels so I understand that curves are the way to go. My pictures usually come out underexposed (too dark, I think underexposed is the word for too dark) so I've been keeping it on auto because I just can't seem to get the exposure right when I do it myself. I take pictures of basically everything, though in the summer I take lots of pictures of flowers and wildlife. Since it's winter I'm somewhat limited and practice on my kids, chickens and ducks. 4 of my chickens are white and one is black. I mention that because I have a lot of exposure problems when photographing them. Anyway, when you edit curves, the extreme dark is on the bottom left corner and the extreme light is on the top right corner. When you pull the point from the left side does it lighten the dark parts only or the whole thing? And the same for the light? How do you know whether to drag the point up or sideways? I'm trying not to blow out the white part but when I use levels it usually blows out or I have to leave the picture too dark in parts. I'd really like to get better but when I try to apply what I learn I'm usually disappointed. Not ready to give up though, there's always auto mode!