A new CameraSim

Posted on September 21, 2015 by Jon Arnold


Have you ever wanted to take photos of a random guy dancing in a park from morning until evening? Well here is your chance, compliments of CameraSim. Available as a FREE download right now is the first “preview” version showing where CameraSim is heading.

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Canon vs. Nikon, and other nonsense

Posted on January 8, 2015 by Jon Arnold

A few weeks ago, I emailed my readers and pleaded for some camera advice. My dilemma was this: I’m a longtime Canon user but my daughter chose Nikon when she bought her first DSLR last year. We want to share lenses, so the question became who should “switch teams” so that we can be on the same camera platform? Do we pick Canon or Nikon?

Here are the results in pretty chart format, but be sure to read my short analysis below it.

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The CameraSim 3D roadmap

Posted on October 6, 2014 by Jon Arnold


I’ve always liked that term “roadmap” in reference to software development, but I’ve too often imagined it as a straight line. The truth is, it’s like a road full of twists, turns, and unforeseen obstacles. Much like the on-going journey of CameraSim 3D!

Here’s an update on where we’ve been with CameraSim 3D, and what you can expect as it moves on down that winding road. Continue reading

CameraSim 1.2 update for Mac and Windows

Posted on August 6, 2014 by Jon Arnold

After months of toiling over CameraSim 3D, it was time to show the original CameraSim a little love again. Here are some new features in the updated CameraSim 1.2:

Light dimming


Previously when adjusting the light slider, the exposure calculation would update but the sky in the scene would not visually change at all. This was to save on file size, but it always bugged me. Now the sky will dim slightly when you dial in a lessor lighting amount. The intent is not to accurately simulate different skies, but merely to provide at least some visual cue that reflects the current light setting.

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Play the CameraSim 3D Preview

Posted on June 12, 2014 by Jon Arnold

The first CameraSim 3D playable preview is ready for you to try out. UPDATE: The second CameraSim 3D preview has been released!


It’s the first glimpse behind the virtual lens of CameraSim 3D. This brief demo guides you through the controls for moving around the 3D learning environment – which is easy to learn and very familiar for you gamers – and the first few steps of taking photos with your DSLR. Continue reading

7 Tools for Learning DSLR Photography

Posted on June 9, 2014 by Kara Findley

Electronics constantly seem to be getting simpler. When I bought a Kindle a few years ago, it came with instructions on one single brown piece of paper. Youtube is littered with videos of toddlers poking away at iPhone and iPad screens with ease. Wearable tech items like the Nike Fuel Band have hardly any buttons at all.

You, however, decided to buck that trend and get into DSLR photography. You rebel, you! With all those functions and features though, learning how to use a DSLR camera takes more time and effort. Luckily, there are a ton of tools out there – from attending a class to hitting the books to watching video tutorials – to help you learn how to take fantastic photos with your DSLR.

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