This lesson gives a sample lesson plan for involving the Physical Camera module into a lecture.




  • The Physical Camera is a digital representation of a real-world camera and all the terminology and rules of photography apply here as well
  • You may start with discussing the basic settings of a camera
    • Aperture – how it’s measured and how going from one F-stop/F-number to the next affects the exposure
    • Shutter speed – different cameras use different ways to determine the speed of the shutter
      • Still cameras specify the shutter speed in seconds or fractions of a second
      • Cinematic cameras have a circular rotating shutter and the time the shutter is open is defined in degrees
      • In CG, we can also determine the shutter speed in frames
    • ISO – the sensor sensitivity directly affects the exposure. Higher values are need in dark conditions. Real-world sensors have an issue where using higher values for the ISO introduces noise into the image. This however is not the case in CG.
    • EV – exposure value allows us to keep a constant exposure while adjusting Aperture and Shutter Speed settings
    • Focal length affects the angle of view and is important when setting up the shot
    • White balance allows us to color correct the image to account for the color of the illumination
  • Then you can move to the settings of the Physical Camera and relate its settings to each of the properties of real world cameras described previously


  • In this cycle, you can use the provided scene and handout to demonstrate the settings of the Physical Camera


  • In this cycle, you are going to let your students experiment with the provided scene. You may want to give them the provided handout to use as a guideline


Available materials

Lesson plan download

Presentation (Lecture) download

Activity handout download