The SLR Camera Simulator

The SLR Camera Simulator is probably the best online camera simulator of them all. It is an essential bookmark if you are a photography rookie. You can start of from the The SLR camera explained section which is a cool interactive display of how a DSLR works. It is a step-by-step walkthrough of what aperture, shutter speeds, and ISO settings are all about. It takes just about 2 minutes to learn.

The DSLR Camera Simulator is a virtual camera where you can twiddle around with the different settings and combos. Click the blue “i” (the help mode) to learn about the camera controls. In photography, everything starts with the light. So, keeping that at different points, you can tweak the other controls to click the “perfect” photo of the little girl. You can also check the tripod option to see how it enhances photos (and whether you should invest in one).


PhotoSwarm – Create free photo websites

PhotoSwarm is a tool for those who are really into taking pictures, especially professional photographers. It lets you create free photo website and then use it to showcase your photography quickly and easily. You can upload your albums and add galleries without a hassle. Created photo pages are fast, show photos in a neatly organized fashion and include features like fullscreen view, theme customization, sharing via social media and tracking visitors via Google Analytics. Photographers can use it to sell their photos too.


  • Showcase photography easily.
  • Paid versions along with a decent free plan available.
  • Features like themes, fullscreen view, sharing and tracking available.
  • Backup on Amazon S3.
  • Pro version allows photographers to sell pictures and collect the money.


FotoFlexer – The world’s most advanced online photo editor

FotoFlexer is the most powerful online photo editor in existence. It can remove blemishes, change skin/hair color, morph photos and more! 100% free.

You can start by uploading a photo from your hard drive or edit photos from a selection of photo customizing sites, including Flickr, Facebook, or Picasa. For this demonstration, I connected FotoFlexer to my Flickr account.

After you select a picture, the image editor loads and you can start having fun. You can choose from several different tabs, including a basic editor, effects, layers, and geeky stuff, meaning more advanced editing.


Fotobounce – Photo organizing with face recognition

For one reason or another, you might want to download all your photos from Flick or Facebook to your computer. Either to have the backup or to migrate them to another photo sharing service online. Doing it manually is a time consuming task, so thats where Fotobounce is useful. It is a free downloadable software, which lets you download all your photos from Facebook or Flickr at once.

To download your photos from the web, install Fotobounce on your computer. Run it and enter your Facebook and Flickr credentials to give the software access to your collections. You can either download individual albums one by one or all the photos at once.

Apart from downloading, Fotobouncer is a great photo manager in itself, so you can later use it to organize and view your photos. The software is free but ad supported.


  • Download photos from Facebook and Flickr to your computer by individual albums or all at once.
  • Available for Windows and Mac.
  • Adobe air required to run the Fotobounce software.
  • Free software, ad supported.


A new version of FastStone Image Viewer is available

For a free program, this multipurpose image tool strikes us as a good find. Although the main interface looks too cluttered with buttons at first glance, the three main windows are intuitive enough once get your bearings. FastStone Image Viewer for Windows boasts a nice default design, but you can customize it to your liking with several skins.

Clicking a thumbnail puts a larger view of the shot in the lower-left pane, and you zoom in simply by dragging the mouse around. Though its image-editing tools can’t compete with those offered by a full-featured suite, there’s still enough here to make a decent amount of tweaks to your shots. You can resize, crop, remove red-eye, and adjust color, brightness, and contrast. You’ll also find a few simple effects and filters, including Lens, Waves, and Morphs. Other nifty features include multiple folder slide shows, batch cropping and Windows Vista support.

FastStone Image Viewer for Windows can batch-convert files into a number of popular image formats including GIF, BMP, PSD, and PNG, and the slide-show creator allows you to apply transitions, specify the interval between images, and add your own MP3s as a soundtrack. We can recommend this program to everyone but professional designers

What’s new in this version: Version 4.5 now it is possible to adjust Lighting, Colors, Levels and Curves within selected areas of an image and fixed bugs in the Print and Email dialogs.