I think using the auto setting to set up the manual settings is a good suggestion. However, if you move the camera to look at the auto settings ( aperture and shutter speed), they can instantly change and give you false info. Therefore (for testing purposes) using a tripod and then resetting the manual mode to correspond to the auto settings, may obviate the issue. Even using this method, make sure to look at the meter reading in your view finder and adjusting as needed ( e.g. The EV setting, shutter speed or aperture). Let us know how it goes. Good luck.