Hi, I'm new to this forum, and fairly new to advanced photography but I have a few issues with my camera, the Fujifilm Finepix S2980. I got it as a gift, and I love it, and I'm not gonna go replace it. The problem is, the lens are not changeable, there are only two f-numbers available, and there's no hot shoe to put external flashes (not so worried about), and no top-plate display. Regarding the f-numbers, on any setting (Aperture priority, manual) I only have f6.4 and f3.1. I have a few magazines that teach how to do portraits and other settings and they go on about using wider f-stops for blurry backgrounds. I love the look of these portraits, but how can I do them without the f-stops? Is there any way I can go about using my limited settings to get reasonably blurry backgrounds? About the non changeable lens, I don't think there's anything I can do about it, or is there? With the top-plate display issue, is it necessary? I can access information like aperture, shutter speed, white balance, exposure compensation on the LCD screen, so I assume it's alright or am I wrong? Lastly, the hot shoe. I don't think in the future I'll be getting more equipment for my camera like external flashes but if I were to, is there any way to go about that with no hot shoe? I really hope someone can answer these questions, especially the aperture issue, so I can get better at photography! Also, please don't give me too much jargon, especially with lens stuffs, I'm still getting my head around all that. Thank you so much for reading this!