These two pics were recently taken with the same camera at approximately the same time of day.
The big difference on my part?
- Use custom white balance
- Use the manual setting. On my camera this isn't too intimidating: I first select an iso, then I let the camera's exposure meter tell me what aperture(f-stop) is correct. I left the shutter speed to whatever it was set to. Perhaps not the "best" approach, but I'm happy with the improvement so far!
- Things to work on: balancing the effects of shutter speed and f-stop. I'm guessing this will be a lifelong process...