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please help a newbie (aperture question)

laneyg

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laneyg Registered since 05th Jul 2011
Tue 05-Jul-11 08:34 PM

I've just gotten a Nikon D3100 and I'm trying to learn it! I don't aspire to be a great photographer, but I would like to get the most out of my camera on a beginner level.
I'm trying to learn what aperture is and how to set it. I guess it makes a more blurry background if the number is lower?

Is the only way to change that by using the Guide? I went there and selected "soften backgrounds." Then lowered the number to 4.5 just to see what it would do. I selected that I was ready to shoot and when I took a picture, it seemed to take it really slowly and everything was very blurry. Does the shutter speed change when you change aperture? I thought shutter speed was related to your ISO setting?

Thanks for any help...

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