Technical Flash Applets From Stanford University Make Photography Learning Fun

Technical Flash Applets From Stanford University Make Photography Learning Fun


At first I was standoffish when I found the link to Stanford’s applets. As much as I love photography, there was a lot of technical concepts listed that often had little to offer for the hobby photographer for whom I regularly teach.


But then I started playing with the applets and now love the information, intending to send more students that way. And that is why I bring the site to your attention as it may be of interest to you. Keep in mind that the applets are part of the larger Stanford photography course, which is available online. The whole course covers the technical side of photography as well a number of weekly assignments (originally assigned when the course was running in Spring of 2011).

If you are curious about Variables that affect exposure, Depth of Field, Gamma correction, Color matching, Autofocus using phase detection and more, take some time to read through the site. It is a wealth of knowledge you might find interesting and enlightening.

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Peter West Carey leads photo tours and workshops in Nepal, Bhutan, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and beyond. He is also the creator of Photography Basics - A 43 Day Adventure & 40 Photography Experiments, web-based tutorials taking curious photographers on a fun ride through the basics of learning photography.

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  • jackie April 10, 2012 06:59 am

    Oh wow - a guy told me and some friends about the 'Variables that affect exposure' widget just the other night but couldn't remember where it was. but i found it! and i sent it along :). very helpful resource in discovering perfect exposures and other pinpoints. thank you!!

  • hubblefromthesun April 2, 2012 08:29 pm

    This looks great! I'm always looking for more information on learning since I'm doing it on my own.