So I am finally starting photography, something i have always felt passionate about but have been to afraid to try myself. I recently purchased a nikon d3000 and have been playing around with it but i have so much to learn to get where i need to be. I would love some advice from fellow photogs! I was wondering if anyone could tell me what settings with my camera (nikon d3000 with the standard lens it came with) would help me to produce images with a very clear subject and blurred out backround ... im finding my pictures arent as sharp as i would like them to be. I sharpen them in gimp but im not very satisfied with the results. i would really really appreciate any comments and advice you have for me!!