Jana Mullerova , Oct 15, 1998; 04:01 a.m.
As you say, you need to learn about appreture and shutter speed. You need to learn the meaning of light for photography. Your camera just records light on film. The picture you get depends on how light is recorded: how wide is the lens opened (that's apreture) and for how long (that's shutter speed). Have a look at:
or try to get a book for beginners, e.g. the Kodak Photoguide. Once you have understood the role of light, appreture, shutter speed and exposure values, you can go further and learn about flash or whatever you like. By then you will know enough to decide what to learn.
Your camera will make learning a bit difficult for you, because it will not allow you to set manually both exposure and shutter speed. It would be better for you to have a fully manual camera to learn. Perhaps you could borrow one?