I recently was taught a little about photography in my art class and found it fascinating, so I am going to use it for a school project. The camera we used in class was old but I loved it but unforunatley couldn't use it. So I got my own camera by way of parents. I got a Minolta with 110 zoom. First off I would like to get "critiques" about my camera choice as a beginner. Then, I would like to know how to get those special effects like, blurring, and focusing on one subject with the rest blurry, and what the law of thirds is. I saw a link for it but it didn't work. <--------That's my camera.