Rob Bernhard , Feb 10, 2010; 12:04 p.m.
[[but I can't get the pictures to look as nice as I've seen them.]]
You need to better define what that statement means. What look are you trying to achieve?
You also should upload an example of one of your photos, shot in natural light, that you think has problems. The photo should include the EXIF data so people can see what settings you chose.