Thanks for the response. I hadn't seen the camera reset, so I was excited about this idea, but unfortunately it did not do the trick for me. I still can not get a clear photo. One picture will be nearly pitch black and the next will be blindingly bright. Someone suggested turning bracketing off. In the modes where I saw bracketing, those are turned off.
I still curiously am unable to select AutoFocus under the Smart Picture setting.
Any other ideas? Again, I appreciate you taking the time to give a reply.