My question is slightly different. I do understand best pictures are product of multiple factors and appropriate settings (A, S, M). For that, I have bought the cheat sheets.
What I'm struggling with is default settings to produce better colors on my D3100. My images tend to look washed out compared to my brothers T3i. I'm not sure if I made a mistake by going with the D3100 or its default kit lens.
What out of the box settings should be changed if any?
As we prepare to move out of 'auto' what is the next most commonly used mode to produce better pictures (A or S)?