How Well Can You Learn Photography Without Getting Up Off Your Butt?

Photography is a hobby that generally takes plenty of hands-on experience to nail down. Sure, the basics of photography, such as composition and the exposure triangle can be learned through reading and research, but to truly improve on your photography, you need to get out in the field and just shoot… or do you?

Kai over at DigitalRev wanted to put this to the test. So, he went to work seeing if he could learn photography without so much as lifting a butt cheek from his seat.

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In the video, Kai tries out a number of ways he hopes to be able to learn photography in the laziest way possible. First, he starts off with the CameraSim application we featured not too long ago.

After getting a little fed up with that, he decided to take a pseudo-augmented reality approach, using a friend an avatar of sorts while he directed their photographic endeavors from the confines of his desk, a la FaceTime. After the FaceTime method, Kai took to Grand Theft Auto V, hoping to snap up some brilliant compositions with the in-game cameraphone.

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All-in-all, it’s no surprise that none of these methods will actually replace going out and shooting for yourself. They might help you nail down the basics a bit better, but it’s not much more than the gamification of learning those basics.

The full video is just over eight minutes. Filled with a healthy spread of both insight and humor, it’s well worth a watch over the weekend. Press play and enjoy.