Before you get started you need to understand the language of digital photography. Gettingfamiliar with these words will go a long way when you're learning the ropes from books,websites, and other photographers.
The opening inside the lens that controls the amount of light that gets into thecamera. This is expressed in f-stops. The lower the f-stop the larger the aperture. The higher thef-stop the smaller the aperture. Aperture settings can be used to control the depth of field inyour shot. A small aperture (large f-stop number) will give a greater depth of field, meaning thatmore objects in your picture will be in focus. While a large aperture (small f-stop number) willcreate a shallow depth of field. This will cause the background of your shot to be out of focuswhile the subject is in focus.
A great tool you can use to monitor the exposure on a picture. It appears as a graph