Step 33: Lighting: How To Light For Cheap, Crappy Cameras
In a perfect world, we would use our cameras on their lowest ISO setting to reduce noise.
In a perfect world, we would use a very small aperture (from f6 to f11) to keep things very sharp.
In a perfect world, we would use a very fast shutter speed (faster than 1/60th of a second) so our movement doesn't blur the images.
EDIT: for an up-to-date discussion of camera aperture settings, please see this thread at DIYBOOKSCANNER.ORG]
The cool thing is, we don't need a perfect world to do all that stuff. All we need is some high-intensity lighting. Like halogens.