Holy cow, Batman! That's a big number to paint. And the rooster-wizard saved my day. It's excellent.

As for the pics the easiest way to lighten them up is to download some free software like Picasa (for pc) that has easy ways to modify your pics. I'm not sure but there might even be a web site that can "clean up" your pics.

You can also try to change the settings on you camera (ISO-number might be easiest to find - higher number basicly means more light but might add some noise/grain to your pics). There are also numerous articles about photographing your minis in the web.