01 | Put your camera on manual mode. I highly suggest shooting in manual mode, as that alone will make a big difference in how your images turn out! Learning manual mode pretty much forces you to pick which settings to use. By learning which settings are correct, and using them, the end result of your image will be tremendously different than one taken on the dreaded auto setting.
03 | Crank up that ISO. Choosing a higher ISO will allow more light into the camera. Just be aware that it also creates more grain in an image.
04 | Use a tripod. Sometimes, even adjusting the two settings above isn't enough, so to prevent blurry images or images that are too dark or grainy, use a tripod. Using a tripod is very helpful in the fact that not only does it prevent motion blur, but you can also choose a longer shutter speed, which can contribute to a brighter image. By setting a longer shutter speed, you may also be able to set your ISO to a lower number, causing less grain.
05 | Watch your white balance. I always shoot in RAW, so white balance isn't such a problem for me since I can easily go back to fix it during post processing. Even then, I always try to get it right in camera. Setting a correct white balance is especially important for those of you that shoot in JPEG. Very often, the lighting on Christmas Eve/Day is unnatural and too yellow. By adjusting the settings for your white balance, you will have a picture that looks much more natural with correct tones.
06 | Use manual focus. If the area you are shooting in is very dark, your camera may have some trouble focusing. Instead of using auto focus, try manually focusing. I promise it's not as difficult as it sounds!
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