Also, I've been playing around with photo editing software, in an attempt to make my pictures slightly better/ Originally the first picture looked like this:
I do know about taking them outside or in sunlight, but I'm a bit restricted in that respect because it's dark when I get home most days. Even if it is still light, my garden is an overgrown mess the landlord hasn't mowed in months and doesn't get much sunlight (and none in the afternoon). And the living room gets no direct sunlight at all!
Thanks to everyone for the well wishes about my family. My Gran's surgery was successful so she's all OK now, though on crutches for 6 weeks, and the dog was well enough to pull her plaster cast off entirely yesterday, and now has to suffer the indignity of a cone collar.