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Easy To Use Web Tool For Learning Manual DSLR Settings

There's a really cool web tool available that teaches beginners how to use manual settings on cameras.

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Over on photography-mapped, there's a really cool interactive tool available that's designed to teach beginners how to use manual settings on DSLRs. 

The free to use tool is really easy to use and in the words of Simon Roberts, the tool's creator, it helps you 'get the big picture and understand what's actually going on.'

On the website's about page, Simon says: "The initial learning curve, when learning photography outside of automatic modes, is surprisingly steep. Many elements to learn are not too complex individually but when intertwined they get confusing... I’ve tried to show what’s happening so you can build up a simple mental picture about WHY various settings change your image, as much as WHAT they do to your image."

When you open the website you're greeted with a colourful page that has a camera in the middle, a cartoon of a scene you're going to be 'capturing' with the camera to the left and the resulting photo to the right. Below these are the various sliders you can use to adjust light levels, aperture, shutter speed etc. 

The light levels range from 'half moon only' to 'sun on snow' and the scene at the top changes to reflect this. The Exposure reading to the right of the screen tells you if your shot is under-, over- or perfectly exposed and there are diagrams for the aperture, shutter and ISO settings that show how the image will change when you alter these options. For example, crank the ISO way up and the image becomes covered in speckles. The camera also reacts to the settings you apply and you can also switch to 'auto' should you wish to see what automatic settings are used at various light levels. 

Simon has also provided an infographic which has all of the information presented on one useful sheet. You can view the infographic online or purchase a printed version for £21 (size A3) or £39 (size A2).

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balayage 5 1 Canada
7 Dec 2016 1:03PM
Really, this is so childish even my 15 year old nephew would reject it. There is much better out there. This isn't worth the article written about it.

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