So, the next neat trick I found this week is how to create that magical illusion of a blurry background in a close up shot, its actually called depth of field. You know, the one where the images in the background seem to fade and the close up shot is clear? I've read a few tutorials on how to do it, but not fully understanding aperture and AE/AF, etc, it was all Greek to me until I discovered that my lovely Nikon 5400 has this feature already built into it, with automatic settings. All I had to do was switch to micro mode under the "scenes" setting, point and shoot, and the camera did all the work for me. If you don't have this automatic setting on your camera, try reading this article over at searchwarp.com it explains it way better than I ever could.
In addition to the new blurry background, I've been really experimenting with taking closer shots and at different angles. I'll let you be the judge on how my camera lessons are coming along. Let me know what you think.