Are you a fan of full-auto mode? If yes, Photography Mapped Web Tool is designed for you. This tool is for Designers and Animators reveals the secrets of how DSLR manual settings work.
Nowadays DSLR Camera is a usual thing for many people, but most of us rarely fulfill its potential. We are sticking to the full-auto mode, as all other DSLR parameters are almost impossible to understand. To make the experience of taking photos with a traditional camera more conscious, a London-based designer and animator Simon Roberts created a unique Web Tool - Photography Mapped.
Simon Robert’s idea was clear. He wanted to simplify all DSLR’s complex parameters. He tried to make the process of making a photo through a very direct and comprehensive web tool.
How does this magic Web Tool work?
This web tool is very simple and easy to understand. It is designed in blue and red colors with a big schematic DSLR camera on its start page. The button “Interact” if pressed will lead us to an interactive set of tools where we can try our luck at making photos of a small helicopter flying over a city. It may be done either with the help of an auto-mode or manually. If we choose a manual variant, a set of DSLR’s characteristics will appear on the screen such as light, aperture, shutter, sensor, and exposure. A photo result of your manipulation with the toggles will be reflected in the right part of the screen.
Photography Mapped Web Tool Light Settings
It is an ideal web tool as its users can change any characteristic they want. Moreover, they will immediately see the result of the changes. For example, if the toggle “light” is active, the background color of the infographics changes from a dark night into a sunny day. This visualization explains to us that we will see later the light settings deal with indoor and outdoor lighting conditions.
Visualized DSLR Camera Aperture
The next DSLR Camera parameter is aperture. Moving the toggle ‘aperture’ we may see that aperture’s diameter changes inside the visualized camera in the center of the screen. The essence of this process as Photography Mapped shows it is the following: the bigger the aperture is the more light passes through the lens when the picture is snapped.
Photos Shutter Function
The shutter’s function predetermines the light’s function performance as they have interconnection. Photography Mapped visualized camera shows to its users how the shutter works letting the light into the camera. If the shutter’s speed is fast with lots of light the photo will be very clear. Slower shutter with less light makes the photo blurred.
Interactive Camera Sensor
Another part of DSLR Camera you may have never heard about is Sensor. Moving the toggle “Sensor” we see that the actual sensor inside the interactive camera becomes less or more closed. This closeness affects the level of your DSLR’s sensitivity to the light. The lower Sensor’s parameters are, the less its sensitivity to the light is, and vice versa.
And the last but not the least parameter available is exposure. But you cannot change it manually with Photography Mapped Web Tool. It will change it automatically under the complex influence of light, aperture, shutter and sensors’ toggles’ movements.
This web tool seems to be an ideal variant for the beginners. As Photography Mapped Web Tool does not only make it possible to practice, but it also gives useful advice and tips. For example, you can notice a small red or blue color field under the toggle “Exposure”. It is your result indicator: blue color means a good job and red color suggests to make some improvements. In this field, it will notify you whether your photo has underexposure, overexposure or it has technically good exposure. And if the photo is not perfect, follow the advice and tips and change the parameters to get a professional photo.
The last step in the interactive part is ‘take photo’. Hopefully, you have enjoyed working with the Photography Mapped web tool. If not, and you are among those people who do not like any interactive visualization, Photography Mapped has another, infographic option available for you.
Tired of interactivity?
If the previous interactive part was more practical, this infographic part is more theoretical. To get the access to the infographic variant you should come back to the start page and press the button “Graphic”.
The Blue and Red is the same colors of the infographic version. It has another picture of DSLR which shows all the necessary for comprehension camera parts. Firstly, you may consider this variant to be inconvenient to use, but just have a look at it. This more traditional graphic variant is perfect for online usage. You may hover to zoom the scheme if necessary to get a better look. This tool provides clearly structured information in the scheme. It concerns 4 main photo parameters such as a lens, aperture, shutter, and sensor. We are already familiar with some of them from the interactive part.
Under each of these camera parameters, their short schematic pictures are provided as well as function descriptions and tips for usage. The function descriptions include the information what for, how and why you should take that parameter into consideration. The best thing here is the explanation of numbers’ meaning that each of us saw on his or her DSLR Camera’s screen but couldn’t understand.
Additionally, this info-graphic version of Photography Mapped Web Tool has a detailed description of the light’s role in making a photo. Also, it tells us some tips about the image in general, for example, the way we may store our photos.