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WTFP for Beginners: what’s a camera ?!

A camera is a essentially a black box with a tiny hole to let light in. 

It's possible to make a camera out of a cardboard box ; cameras as we know them are just a more sophisticated version of a simple concept.

It's possible to make a camera out of a cardboard box (pinhole photography), a camera with a lens is just a more sophisticated version of a very simple concept.

There are four elements to a camera and understanding them is key to understanding how your camera works, 

The first is the lens ; where the light comes in

The second is the aperture ; which is the size of the hole inside the lens (more on this later)

The third is the shutter ; which is a door that opens and closes for a given amount of time

The fourth is the sensor (or film in traditional photography) ; this is where the image is recorded

The sensor or film need the right amount of light to record the right exposure. It's a bit like Goldilocks, the amount of light has to be 'just right' for a good photo.

We can manipulate how much light gets in and for how long - and understanding how to use your camera's settings is the key to technical ability and creative control.

If you'd like to learn more about how your camera works and how to control it, join our Beginners Day