>I am new poster,just beginning to take pictures with a D5100 >1st tried night shots during Geminid meteor shower, no meteors >and had a hard time w/ focus >Next used it for a 100th birthday party indoors at a >resteraunt >I used the 18-70 kit lens and the pop up flash, everything on >auto. I was not pleased with the color, lighting or focus >Then back at the house I tried using the video mode on auto >and found later that everyone had skin tones that make the >look like smurfs (blue)
Check your white balance setting, set it to Auto if you are just starting out. Check your focus settings and metering as well. Start with AF-S, and matrix metering.