While working at “Shall Not Be Named” camera store, the number one complaint I received from customers was that their camera took “blurry” pictures. Often enough, it’s because they were indoors in low light settings. Perhaps this has happened to you too. Here are some tips on how to stop getting those blurry pictures.

1. Be sensitive to it’s needs. If your having issues with blurry picture, it is because your camera is having to allow the sensor more time to record the light that’s available. In order to reduce this time, you can open up the aperture all the way to allow more light in, however, most consumer cameras don’t allow you to adjust this. So what do you do? Most consumer camera allow you to adjust the sensitivity of the sensor, a.k.a. ISO, in the camera’s menu. Just bump up the ISO to 1600+ for most indoor lighting. Now this will cause noise in your photo, but you can get rid of that with some photo editing software. A grainy, sharp picture is better than a blurry, dark picture any day.

2. Be still. Another reason people get blurry photographs is because, as the picture is being taken, the photographer’s arms and hands are shaking. To fix this issue, hold the camera closer to your body with your arms tucked in, breath in and take the picture at the top of your breath.

3. Try Night Portrait mode. Almost all consumer level cameras have some sort of night mode built in. This feature forces the camera to bump up the ISO (sensitivity), widen the aperture and increase the shutter speed.

4. If all else fails, use a tripod. Tripods are a great and sure fire way to get a steady shot. Tripods range in size, sturdiness and price. Finding on that fits your needs and budget will help you get the pictures you want, plus, you’ll be able to get in the photograph as well!

I hope this improves your photos. All cameras work the same way and knowing how to manipulate your camera and use proper techniques well improve your photography dramatically. Just by adjusting the ISO, steadying yourself and using tripod, you will be able to get better low-light photographs and stop blaming the camera.