A new era for CameraSim

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Jon Arnold

Uh, testing…is this thing on?

Wh-hello! It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update, but don’t let the sound of crickets here fool you; a LOT of good stuff has been happening. Here’s a quick update on the goings-on of 2013 and where CameraSim is heading in 2014.

CameraSim…coming at you in 3D

Much of photography — from composition to depth-of-field — is the product of a three dimensional world. The original CameraSim does an admirable job of faking things like the parallax effect and depth-of-field, but a true 3D platform allows for a way better photography teaching tool.

Plus, 3D is just plain cool. (See more about CameraSim 3D.)

Two implementations of CameraSim in 3D that we created in 2013 were:

National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC)

NFSTC needed a custom DSLR simulator to complete an online assessment for their students. Custom 3D scenes and multiple forensic scales are a few of the features created to evaluate the decision points of the crime scene photographer.

Picture Me Alcohol Free (PMAF)

UNCG commissioned a custom 3D CamserSim for inclusion in a program that helps youth improve their neighborhoods using compelling photography. We built an online camera simulator focused on lighting, composition, storytelling and photo releases, all to empower young citizens to make positive changes in their communities.

These projects proved that CameraSim would work on a 3D gaming platform, and they provided the funding to keep moving forward.

Speaking of funding

It has been a delightful experience working with other organizations that needed a custom CameraSim for their particular curriculums. It works like this: if your organization 1) needs what we already have, 2) has budget to develop additional features, and 3) those additional features are what we want to build anyway, then by golly we might just have a win-win situation on our hands. I’m being super selective about these — it has to be a perfect fit — but contact me you want to explore a potential fit. Or just check out our Custom Development page for more info.

For photography instructors

I’m developing CameraSim 3D for what has been the most enthusiastic audience: high-school, college and independent photography instructors who use CameraSim in their classrooms, curriculums and photography presentations. Your helpful feedback and ideas over the last two years has been invaluable. And the stream of folks purchasing the original CameraSim has been a continual source of encouragement — THANK YOU!

(To all you photography students out there, some free 3D camera sims will surely be emerging from all this. Hop on the mailing list if you want to be notified.)