DSLR Camera Simulator….that works like the real thing



A Camera Simulator

Isn’t it remarkable what you stumble upon on the internet. Jon Arnold of CameraSim has created this awesome fully functional Camera Simulator for you to play with.

It’s just like the real thing with Manual, Aperture  and Shutter Priorities and of course all the usual controls which are explained below


Lighting is the single biggest determinant of how your  camera needs to be set. With only a few  exceptions, you can never have too much light.  Use this slider to experiment with different indoor and outdoor lighting  conditions.


Use this slider to simulate how close or far you are   in relation to the subject.

Focal length

Moving this slider is the same as zooming in and out with  your lens. A wide, zoomed out setting  creates the greatest depth of field (more things are in focus) while zooming in  creates a shallower depth-of-field (typically just the subject will be in  focus).


The exposure modes of an SLR let you control one setting  while the camera automatically adjusts the others. In Shutter Priority mode, you to set the  shutter speed while the camera sets the aperture/f-stop. In Aperture Priority  mode, you set the aperture/f-stop  while the camera sets the shutter speed.  Manual mode is fully manual—you’re on your own! Refer to the camera’s light meter to help get  the proper exposure. Although every  real SLR camera has a “fully automatic” mode, there is not one here—what’s the fun in that?


ISO refers to how sensitive the “film” will be to the  incoming light when the picture is snapped.  High ISO settings allow for faster shutter speeds in low light but  introduce grain into the image. Low ISO  settings produce the cleanest image but require lots of light. Generally, you will want to use the lowest ISO  setting that your lighting will allow.


Aperture, or f-stop, refers to how big the hole will be for  the light to pass through when the shutter is open and the picture is snapped. Lower f numbers correspond with larger holes. The important thing to remember is this: the higher  the f number, the more things in front of and behind the subject will be in  focus, but the more light you will need.  The lower the f number, the more things in front of and behind the  subject will be out of focus, and the less light you will need.

Shutter speed

Shutter speed is how long the shutter needs to be open,  allowing light into the camera, to properly expose the image. Fast shutter speeds allow you to “freeze” the  action in a photo, but require lots of light.  Slower shutter speeds allow for shooting with less light but can cause  motion blur in the image.

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Whilst here why not take  look at our Brand New Photography Store (available for USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada) and by the way have you tried our new Quiz?  The topic is Lenses and Exposures – it’s a bit of fun but you could learn something too ….

[You can support Jon Arnold’s magnificent efforts by purchasing the simulator for your PC at CameraSim. Ideal if you want to teach the kids or practice yourself]