I am sorry if my question is too naive, but I am a complete beginner in photography, and I think I still need to understand well what aperture is. I have a Fujifilm S4000 camera, and I know I can't do with it everything that a professional camera does.
I wanted the background of some pictures to be blurred by changing the aperture, but I don't get the results I expected. I think it also has to do with the focal length, am I right? I took two pictures to show you what I mean.
Picture 1 Aperture: f/4 Exposure: 1/2 s Focal length: 7 mm
Picture 2 Aperture: f/10 Exposure: 2.6 s Focal length: 7 mm
I would like to know what settings I can use to get the background to be blurred. I know that with smaller aperture values, the area around the object in focus will be more blurred, but when I change from f/4 to f/10, it doesn't change much.