Many amateur photographers are technically overwhelmed, switch to auto without really knowing
which buttons do what, and become quickly disappointed in their results.
You wouldn’t try to drive a manual car in auto, it’s the same with dSLR cameras.
Have a squizzy through this free dSLR On Manual Camera Guide.
It contains my 7-Step shoot flow, metering and monitoring for correct exposure.
I hope this leaves you feeling more in control of your camera, and inspired too.