Thank you and it's my/our pleasure. Photography can be frustrating (we were all beginners once!) Please, please do try this aperture priority lark and look at the last, short paragraph I wrote for your first settings - it's the basics of photography and I promise you it works a treat in most situations. Get the first small steps right and the rest will fall into place in due coursethanks snips. what is so frustrating, is that I have taken some really good photos in the past, some of which I have hung on the wall, so I can not get my head around whats happening. I really got angry with myself on the ship, and yes, its my fault, but so upsetting too, because I seem to be going backword
I was going to pack it all in, but I do love the hobby, so I will try again, and heres thanking you all so much for your honesty and kindness.
(Going the manual route is like running before you can walk and once you go down the aperture priority route you'll probably stick to it for most photography in any case.)
Aperture priority - f/11 for all in focus, f/4 to focus on the subject and blur the background and hope you get the ISO correct - as I said above, keep it simple