Hi Phillip,Thank you for question! My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will assist you to get you pictures sharp.The main concern here is to set to your shutter speed and ISO and use the best possible camera hand-holding technique you can in such a way that you always avoid blur. The shutter speed: There is an accepted rule of thumb that your shutter speed should be at least equivalent to 1 divided the focal length of the lens. For instance if your focal length is 150 (Set or fixed), you should use 1/150 as the minimum shutter speed. To get a good exposure set your mode dial at S (Shutter Priority)The ISO setting: You may need to raise your ISO if your pictures are coming out too dark, assuming that your aperture is at the widest. Warning: Too high an ISO may bring noise to the picture. Now with the Image Stabilization feature you have an advantage. If you have IS and set it on, it will help you gain an additional edge to "freeze" the image. Calculate that the use of IS may allow you to slow down your shutter about two stops and perhaps avoid having to increase your ISO. In other words, if you would normally need to use 1/200 sec. you could go to 1/50 and still be sharp. This may be needed when you're struggling with insufficient available light and you are opened up at the widest.I hope my explanation was clear enough. Please let me know it there is something that needs clarification.I you are happy with my post, please consider asking for me the next time.The best to you.