Hi All, So I decided it was time to break out the camera this morning and start taking pictures from the garden. Something I noticed very quickly was that the light meter in the camera (set on matrix mode) would indicate dead centre (I assume this means ideal light), yet the picture would be under exposed. Here is an example, where the first picture 1/80 was dead centre, and the second should have been overexposed. _DSC0340 by my0373, on Flickr The second I reduced the shutter speed to 1/50 and it came out much better (to my eyes anyway). _DSC0339 by my0373, on Flickr I still don't fully understand white balance, and I'm going to order a set of reference cards to help me practice. However, I noticed there is an exposure compensation button on the camera. I wondered if that could just be setby hand until i'm happy with the exposure ? The camera is a Nikon D5100 with a Tamron 18-270 lens, the weather was really sunny. I wasn't using a tripod. I'm going back out this afternoon to take some more pictures with both spot mode and centre weighted metering set. Any advice to help me take a better-exposed picture would be greatly appreciated.