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Focal Length and Focus/

Learn about the tangled connections between focal length, depth of field and focus.

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Focal Length and Angle of View

Learn about fisheyes, wide angles, telephoto lenses, everything in between.

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Shutter Speed and Exposure

Learn about fast and slow exposure, and light and dark exposure. 

Qualities of Light

Learn about soft light, hard light, diffused and reflected light. 

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The Computer

In digital photography much of the process takes place on the computer. 


This website explores the creative variables of photography, one at a time, to see how each works.

Explore this site any way you like: click a navigation item at the left to open up a topic, or click the photos above to jump in at random. There is also a help page on using the comparison pages, which are fun but slightly tricky at first, specially on phones and tablets.

I taught photography and wished there was a site like this, so I developed this one. I used a single subject — a woman named Nicole Pierce — for almost every image, so there is consistency as we look at creative options.

NEW FEATURE: User Photo Review. Check it out.