Are you new to digital photography? Have you just purchased or received a new digital camera and aren't sure how to use it?
Here are a few tips to get you up and running.
First, review the camera's manual. You don't have to read it from cover to cover. Just scan it and review the basic camera operation.
After learning how to set a proper exposure, set up a still life near a window so you can use available lighting. Move around the still life and take different shots to get different angles of the light coming in the window. Try both automatic and manual modes for exposure, but for now, use the auto-focus setting.
Try changing settings to see the different results: ISO, White Balance, Exposure Compensation, etc.
Upload the images to the computer and look at your images. Check the sharpness, exposure, etc. Look at the ones that look the best and determine the settings you used to get there. Each photo contains what is called EXIF data and contains all the camera settings used to take the image.
If you see a lot of un-sharp images, check what shutter speed was used. Perhaps it was too low. Try increasing the shutter speed so you can get a sharp picture while hand holding the camera.
If you're looking to get that beautiful sharp image with the "blurred" background, try setting the f/stop to a lower number.
But, the most important thing you need to do is get out there and take pictures every chance you can. Carry your camera with you at all times, like I do. You never know when a good opportunity for picture taking will crop us.
Enjoy your camera, learn everything there is to know about it, and always push the envelop to learn new things and techniques.....