Here are some of the outtakes for the holiday card this year. The room was completely dark except for the fireplace and Christmas tree. I kept a very low shutter speed at 1/30, shot at f/2.8 and an ISO of 1600 (I think). I did not use a flash, but did use a tripod. The low shutter speed was difficult with moving toddlers! I also used candy to bribe them, and then cookies hidden in the tree to keep them focused (and still!).
Compared to last year’s card…I had just started learning my camera, used my Pentax and kit lens with a lightscoop. I also was just learning photoshop, and still used Picasa for most of my edits.