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Best settings for low light with Nikon D40?

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hey ocn.

i have a Nikon D40 DSLR and i want to know the best settings to take pics of my pc in low light with no flash. when i put on auto settings and turn off flash it does this weird thing i dont know what it called but it shoots but doesn't completely finish taking the pic and then the pic turns out really blurry.

what should i do to fix this?
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Tripod mount definitely, or stabilize by setting on a surface. Use a remote shutter release or the self-timer. Low ISO all the way.
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GT nailed it. Tripod is what you can do. In a pinch, use a stack of books (hard back better) on top of a table or shelf.

Be aware, when looking at tripods & camera supports, always check your weight (of your camera) and make sure it can hold it. Some of the cheaper ones out there cant hold that much. Last thing you want to do is to drop your camera because you saved $10.
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What it's doing is taking a long exposure. The shutter opens up for a longer time letting more light in. Which will also cause blurriness.

There are different ways to remedy this. It's best if you set it to manual settings since you get more control over it. You can boost the ISO higher, with a lower exposure time. Assuming everything is exposed right.

A tripod to compensate for the longer open shutter. As GoneTomorrow and beldecca stated there are some other things to consider. Me personally I would go with a lower ISO to keep things sharper.

Now the most expensive one buying a low F stop lens. This will let more light in requiring lower faster shutter speeds and even lower ISO settings.
    
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I can't remember if the D40 has a manual mode or not. The way I would shoot this low light situation:
1)Solid surface, either decent tripod or stack of books like beldecca mention, but not handheld
2)Focus first with the lights on, then if possible lock autofocus or turn off autofocus.
3) turn off lights
4)low ISO
5)set to manual mode if possible
6)Fstop wise less than f8 unless you are shooting in macro mode
7)look what the lightmeter suggest for a shutter speed or select a shutterspeed
8)Take picture
9) repeat step 6 or 7 until satisfied.

Be prepared to take several shots until you get something satisfied.
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what kind of picture are you trying to capture?
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