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#ELHChallenge 264: Designing Camera Simulators to Learn Photography Basics

Updated: Jan 17, 2020

It's the first post AND challenge of the year!

Before I dive into this week's challenge, I should tell you about my plans for 2020. Instead of setting resolutions, I picked a theme for this year...and that is CONSISTENCY!

I've always had a hard time with consistency and discipline. I'm dedicating 2020 to incorporating both into my personal and professional lives.

I'm starting by making these weekly challenges a part of a daily habit. I was inspired by fellow e-learning hero, Jonathan Hill and his commitment to 52 weeks of the challenge. It would be quite the exercise in consistency to churn out that many Storyline artifacts in 2020. BUT - as for right now - I'm just going to take it one challenge at a time.

This week, I dug into my past video production experience and remembered a course I created with a former boss on mobile photography. Considering I just upgraded to the iPhone 11 pro max JUST for the camera, I thought this would be a perfect topic: The iPhone Camera Grid.

In this demo, you get to learn a little about photo composition, and how the Apple iOS helps you use the "Rule of Thirds". You even get to practice "setting up the shot" through a slider interaction.

The "Rule of Thirds" is a guideline that aids in the composing of visual images such as designs, films, paintings, and photographs. The rule says an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.

Click the link to find out more, and watch a short video on photo composition for mobile phones:

Let me know what you think :) Have you thought about taking a course on m obile photography? Would you enjoy learning how to make the most of your phone's camera capabilities?

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I used the Youtube creators studio to find royalty-free music, and for the content. I also used a slider interaction I learned during my time at DevLearn last year!

Did you know? I used to work in video production for a few years, and it has really helped me become a better e-learning developer. I use skills I learned in video production almost every day. Learning about photography and video can help you immensely in this field. Consider taking a mobile photography course or watching some Youtube videos on editing. You won't regret it!

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