With an interactive photography simulation - Exposure Tool
However you've always used your camera (point & shoot, compact system camera, or low end DSLR) on auto. You have no idea how to work the manual settings and honestly it's a bit confusing? That's okay I was the same once. My first time using a DSLR was in year 10 (2008) and I had no idea how even the auto focus worked. That's where I started and now I'm here, writing a blog about it.
www.exposuretool.com is an online interactive tool that can help you learn about the main settings of a camera:
- Shutter speed - how fast the shutter moves
- Aperture - the depth of field (when the background is blurry but the middleground isn't)
- ISO - sensitivity to light
These 3 things are what make a picture. Which is what you can test out and play with on this simulation. It's really helpful as you can alter each setting individually and also see what things look like in Shutter or Aperture priority.
It really helps and makes sense of what all these things combined can do! I highly suggest it, even if you only have a point & shoot. That's where I started after all.