A fun way to learn about Exposure

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Hey, I just came across this app that looks like it’s been around a couple of years but it’s still a great way for you to learn about Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO.

http://www.canonoutsideofauto.ca/learn/
You get an interface with three tabs Learn, Play and Challenge so let me unpack them a bit and hopefully convince you to check out the site (no, I don’t make anything from this, I just think it will help you).

Learn

Here you’ll get some pretty basic explanation of what Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO are and how changing them will effect your photo in different ways. You also have a link to 101 training and tips which are again basic (for me) but I recommend you have a quick look at least.

Play

This is the fun part. you get to adjust the three variables above and take a photo to see how it came out. The trick here (as with real photography) is to check the needle at the bottom and make sure it’s in the middle and therefore giving a good exposure. That said, why not not deliberately over or under expose a photo and see how it comes out.

You can also change from Manual to Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority modes and there’s a subtle link explaining when and why you might use these options.

Challenge

If you’re feeling confident why not take the challenge! I’ll be honest, I only got a score of 5 out of 6 lol! Actually, I think they’re wrong and I’ll be telling Mr Canon! Q6 asked me to make the propellor look still and apparently my chosen shutter speed of 1/1000 wasn’t fast enough!!! I think I’ll have to find something of similar speed and prove them wrong… not that I’m competitive but I have my dignity to uphold.

 

So there it is, have a go and PLEASE let me know what you think by commenting below, and if you take the challenge see if you can beat me, although I’ll want a screen shot to prove it 😉

 

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