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I've been experimenting with manual setting and while I can generally take nice, clear pictures when I want to take pictures on the fly or give the camera to my husband to take pictures, they are usually blurry. Is there a way to get the natural color (aka without flash) without getting blurry pictures?
Here's an example, I know the aperture is very high but I was trying to make the Christmas lights really bright in the dark. I liked the affect but all the pictures taken by someone other than me look like this. Should I just sacrifice quality for having photos in general?
Yes, your shutter speed is way too slow. It should be at least 1/100 to get a nice sharp photo. If you were shooting just the tree, which doesn't move, you could use a tripod and a slow shutter speed but since it is impossible for a person to be completely still you need the SS to be higher.
You have a few options:
1. Open up the aperture more. Get a lens that has a low number f stop, like a 1.8 or 1.4. This will allow more light onto the sensor and you can get away with photos in lower light conditions. (i.e. the 50mm 1.8)
2. Get a bounce flash and bounce the light off of the ceiling. You will still get that ambient sort of glow but it will be bright enough to get a crisp image.
3. Crank up your ISO but be ready to need noise reduction software.
4. Try a combination of any or all of these.