Originally Posted by INKMAN
Should I be shooting at a higher shutter speed when I'm not using a tri pod to improve image sharpness and quality? I just realized how slow all these were.
Yes. What camera are you using? As long as you are properly exposed, you can bump up the ISO some to achieve a faster shutter speed if you don't want to mess with depth of field. Or...you can open up the aperture (lower number) but you will reduce your depth of field. It is all about finding the balance that works.
Under exposed shots are more prone to noise at higher ISO levels. With my Mark III, I can shoot at 3200 with almost no noise if it is properly exposed. But...keep in mind that ISO is increasing sensor sensitivity so you are going to be more prone to blowing out highlights the higher you get as well.