Okay, kinda off topic as it's not specifically aviation related but still photography so I'll ask in here rather than non-av.
I work at night and like to take pics. I've got a 5mp Olympus Camedia C-5000 zoom camera. What's the best settings for taking night shots with the camera in my hand? When there's just enough artificial light I find the shots are coming out bright enough, but blurry - presumably because of hand shake. When there's not enough light and I use the flash I find that the flash isn't bright enough to illuminate the subject 20-25ft in front of me and I just get bad flash reflections off, er, reflective things like vehicle license plates etc.
Here are a few random shots to illustrate what I mean :
On the move shot, how do I get the road ahead to appear unblurry?
Static shot, no flash, hand held, grrr
Same shot as above, but camera sat on something solid
Same shot as above, but hand held and using flash
Random building shot. Think I left settings as they were on camera and got this glow effect from the lights, hand held again
Same shot but I vaguely recall dropping the brightness level on the camera and upping or lowering the other figure that you can change (no idea what it is or does). This one has made the glow go spikey, why is that? Looks better than the last one anyway
Would anyone be able to advise where I'm going wrong? Or is it all a bit too for you professionals?
[Edited 2006-10-27 17:39:39]