Though we want the ease of a point-and-shoot, Little tells us to learn to understand our cameras. She says:
Take time to understand shutter speed and aperture on your DSLR camera. Shutter speed is how fast or slow your shutter opens and closes. The slower the shutter speed (1/40), the longer the shutter is open allowing in more light. The faster the shutter speed (1/250), the less time the shutter is open letting less light into your image sensor. Aperture is how large or small your lens is open. The larger the opening (F1.4), the more light is let in and the more background blur you will have. The smaller the opening (F16), the less light enters and more of your entire image will be in focus. When you are shooting outdoors in the spring, use a faster shutter speed (1/250 or higher) if you are using a larger aperture (F1.8).
All photos courtesy of: Jennifer Little | Sugar Photography