Hey guys, I just picked up a Canon T2i after wanting one for a good while. I got a pretty decent deal so I didn't pass it up. This is the first time I went out to actually take pictures, but being limited to just the 18-55 and it was cloudy/overcast and getting dark. I do have a 75-300 (doesn't have IS though) that might've been better. Unfortunately I didn't have it with me. Questions 1) In my situation (cloudy, getting dark) is there any way to brighten up the view in the background without post-processing? 2) Would a longer lens be better? Or should I be messing more with longer shutter time? IMG_0278 by LimeLitePhotography_NYC, on Flickr 18-55mm Kit Lens - ISO 250 - F3.5 - 1/160 Exp IMG_0246 by LimeLitePhotography_NYC, on Flickr 18-55mm Kit Lens - ISO 200 - F6.3 - 1/60 Exp Basically I'd like to be able to brighten things up in these situations without post-processing.