This is my first post so I will try not to make an idiot of myself. I have two questions, a general one and a specific one. I have a Nikon D60, and anytime the light is less than ideal, my shots end up blurry because of the long shutter speed and the fact that I don't use a tripod and I can't stand still. I guess that is to be expected, but I have read from other places things like "with modern DSLR's you can up the ISO without noise problems and take great pictures with low light even without a tripod." In practice it doesn't work for me though. Example: I have a Nikon 1.4g 50mm lens (supposed to be good in low light) and I'm shooting just pics of my family in a living room, with the lights on - and they are blurry. I up the ISO to 800, still blurry. If I put it in shutter priority and lower the speed, I just end up with extremely under-exposed black pictures. Am I just expecting too much? Second question - there is a picture I've always wanted to take but I have been unable to get it right so far. When the sun has just set and is below the horizon but there is still twilight left, the silhouette of a tree in front of that sky is perfectly black. With my eyes the leaves and tree are perfectly black and sharp against the blue/pink sunset. With a camera (1.4g 50mm lens @ 100 ISO on tripod, remotely triggered), it comes out as a tree, but it just isn't sharp at all. Any tips on how to get this shot? Auto Focus obviously doesn't work here, is it just that I suck at manual focusing? Or is it something else about my settings? Note: I am posting from work right now and I don't have the ability to upload example images. I'm sorry if the post is useless without them.