Easy Way to Learn Camera Fundamentals

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The SLR Camera Simulator

Last fall, Heather and I had a frustrating conversation where I tried to explain f-stops and shutter speed. I wish I had heard about this simulator then! This is a fun way to explore what camera settings do to an image. In order to see what the different settings do to an image, you have to click the “snap photo” button, which can make the learning a little more difficult, but I love that it simulates what you actually see in an SLR viewfinder. If you are a visual person, this Flash app explains depth of field, aperture and shutter speed in a non-geeky, highly visual way.

Hat tip: Petapixel

  • Kristan

    Very cool, thanks for the heads-up! Bookmarking for future play time. :)

  • Toni McGee Causey

    Seriously, I could kiss you right now. I have been getting great shots by pure dumbass luck, and f-stops and shutter speed stuff stick to my brain about as much as Greek. This though, I get. Thank you!

  • Lee

    This is what I wished I had at hand while I read
    Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera, and it will be ideal now that I’m learning to use my new Rebel.
    Thanks for sharing this!

  • wonderchris

    Thank you thank you thank you!!! :)

  • Tish

    I just had a Hallelujah moment…the choir rejoices kind. Thank you!

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