Learn Basics of Photography with this Virtual DSLR Application

Smartphones and Social Networks increased the passion towards photography among people. Today many Smartphones offer a very good quality of photographs equal to digital cameras. Millions of new images were uploaded in Social networks each and every day. Since everyone loves photography, it is important to know some of the basics to take a good picture. Moving from auto mode to manual mode will let you take stunning pictures from your camera. Especially for people who use DSLRs, Manual mode gives all the control towards the photograph.


Even though Photography is a vast area, understanding few important things like Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, etc., are enough to take a decent picture. YouTube is a great tool for learning photography. Millions of tutorials were available to learn the photographic techniques. There are also some other web applications available to teach you the basics of photography. Today I came with a virtual DSLR web application from “Canon”, one of the biggest camera manufacturers in the world.


Canon has created a basic photography tutorial along with a virtual emulator of a DSLR. Compared to other emulators in online, this is pretty neat and easy to understand. You don’t need to register or sign up with any social accounts to use the emulator. Just go to Canonoutsideofauto website and start using the application. There will three different steps “Learn, Play and Challenge” to understand the basics of DSLR Photography.


In the first step “Learn”, you have the complete tips and tutorials of basic DSLR Photography. After completing the tutorials you can control the shot manually in your DSLR. Once you complete the first part, it’s time to get into some action. In the second option “Play”, you have a virtual emulator of a DSLR. The emulator will have a picture by default, you have the option to adjust Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO to get a good Exposure in the picture. Using the tutorials you can vary all those functions in the emulator to see what changes it makes individually.

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All the shots you have taken will be available in the bottom of the emulator. Once you feel confident, go to the third option “Challenge” to test your understanding. In Challenge option, you will be given six different conditions and you have to alter the Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO to take the shot with the given conditions. There will be time running in the side panel and you can see how quickly you are able to change the settings.


For beginners it is an excellent web application to learn and understand the basics of Photography. The tutorials are very clear and easy to understand. You can definitely move out of auto mode once you complete these tutorials. Try this web app from Canon and share your experience with us in the comments. Thanks for reading, do share this post with your friends.

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