iOS User Guide

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”
— Robert Frank

 
 

Intro

ProShot is a rich and powerful camera app filled with features, modes, and options that may overwhelm at first, but are easy to master. This guide assumes no prior photography or video experience, and can be read by users of all skill levels.

ProShot’s user-interface can be split into 3 main sections:

+ Top bar
+ Viewfiner
+ Camera buttons

 
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>> Top Bar

This is where you’ll get access to global settings — settings that persist no matter which camera or drive mode you’re in (with a few exceptions). In order from left to right you have:

  • Preview Image

    • Shows a preview of the last image that was taken

  • Live Photo

    • Enable / disable Live Photo (not available in 1:1 or 16:9 aspect ratio)

  • Aspect ratio

    • Select the aspect ratio of your photo. You can choose between 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9

  • Flash

    • Enable / disable flash. Press and hold for light at any time

  • Settings

    • Opens the Settings panel. This panel allows you to change Grid overlay, Level, enable RAW (.DNG) capture and more. See Settings Panel section below for more info.

 
 

 

>> Viewfinder

This is where the camera feed is displayed. You can tap anywhere on the viewfinder to simultaneously set the focus and exposure at that point. If you wish to set exposure to be a different point than the focus point, press and hold the screen to show the exposure brackets.

You can move the focus circle and exposure brackets anywhere on the screen and reset them with a tap.

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>> Camera Settings Bar, Camera Buttons, and More

Here is where you have access to the majority of ProShot’s functions. At the top of the camera buttons area is a strip of options, this is the Camera Settings Bar. Tapping on any item will open its corresponding menu. Here you can change (listed from left to right): lens (on devices with multiple lenses such as the iPhone 7+, 8+, X, etc), white balance (color temperature), ISO (light sensitivity), shutter (amount of time the camera lets light in), and focus (switch from autofocus to manual focus).

Just below the Camera Settings Bar is (from left to right): the Drive Mode button, flip camera button, camera shutter button, video shortcut button, and Camera Mode button.

The mode buttons open their corresponding mode dials, which are described in the next section.

Finally, at the bottom of the Camera Buttons container you have the hard drive space free indicator, brightness (exposure compensation) slider, and % battery remaining.



Portrait Mode
Portrait mode is available on the iPhone X, iPhone Xs, and iPhone Xs Max. On certain devices, manual controls may not available while in portrait mode. Zooming and RAW capture are also disabled.




Manual Focus Assist
For shots that require precise focus, there is a unique feature in ProShot that will zoom in on your subject so you can be sure you’re getting the clearest photo possible. This is Manual Focus Assist.

To activate, open the Focus menu from the Camera Settings Bar and pull the focus slider towards the center of the screen. From here you can make adjustments to your focus. To turn off manual focus assist, simply release your finger from the phone’s screen.

 
 

 

>> Drive Mode Dial
Open this dial by pressing the Drive Mode button. You can use this dial to quickly switch between ProShot’s drive modes, including Photo, Light Painting, Time-lapse, Video and Slo-mo. Each mode is described below.

Photo
This is the standard photo mode. Use this mode to take pictures. From the Photo menu you can toggle EV bracketing, set a timer, and switch between Color and Monochrome modes.

Light Painting
This mode is used to simulate long exposures, or as we like to call, Light Painting. Here you can set a timer for how long you want the Light Painting to last, and you can switch between the two mode types, Trails, and Add. This is a fun mode, so feel free to experiment!

Time-lapse
This is ProShot’s time-lapse mode. Configure time-lapse duration, interval, and whether you wish to capture individual frames or make a movie.

Video
Configure your video options here, for video size and frame rate.

Slo-mo
Configure your slo-mo options here, for video size and frame rate.

 
 

 

>> Camera Mode Dial
Open this dial by pressing the Camera Mode button. You can use this dial to quickly switch between ProShot’s camera modes, including Auto, Program, Manual, Custom 1 and Custom 2. These are standard camera modes emulated from traditional DSLRs, and aid in quickly transitioning between camera settings when timing is critical.

To make things easier for beginner and experienced users alike, ProShot will automatically switch these modes for you depending on your settings in the Camera Settings Bar. You may, however, switch to them to your mode of choice at any time using the Camera Mode Dial.

Auto
This is ProShot’s Auto camera mode. Use this mode to capture great results in any situation, without needing to configure anything.

Program
This is your typical semi-automatic mode that allows you to set ISO and White Balance, ProShot handles shutter speed adjustments. Use this when you want to keep ISO low for crisp photos, and don’t want to worry about setting a shutter speed.

Manual
This is ProShot’s manual mode. Use this mode when you wish to set all settings manually. You can switch to manual mode at any time using the camera mode dial, or by simply setting a shutter speed to anything other than AUTO.

Custom 1 and Custom 2
Use these modes to quickly recall favorite camera settings, including ISO, shutter, and white balance. You can save a new setting by simply being in C1 or C2 and changing either camera setting.

 
 

 

>> Settings Panel
Use this panel to change ProShot’s settings. In order from left-to-right, top-to-bottom, they are:

Grid - Enable or disable ProShot’s various rule of thirds grids.

Level - Enable or disable ProShot’s horizon level

JPEG / RAW - Toggle between capturing JPEG and JPEG+RAW images

Location - Toggle GPS on and off for adding geotagging to your photos

Volume button shutter - Toggle this to enable / disable capturing photos with the device’s volume buttons

Haptic feedback - Toggles haptic feedback when pressing a button or moving around the UI

Contribute - If you’re enjoying ProShot, please consider making a contribution, it helps us keep the lights on! Press this button to open the Contribution page.

Theme - customize the look of ProShot

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ProShot Version History

v5.1

  • Improved exposure algorithm

  • Improved low light performance

  • Improved image capture speed

  • Increased auto max shutter options up to 1/30s

  • Fixed a rare crash when switching between camera modes

  • Fixed a rare crash when taking a photo

  • Fixed pinch to zoom gesture

  • Fixed a bug where manual controls weren't used when taking a photo

  • Fixed a bug that prevented RAW files from being shared

  • Fixed a bug that occurred when swiping to the camera roll after image capture

v5.0.3

  • Bug fixes

  • UI adjustments

  • Added URI scheme back

v5.0.2

  • Added histogram with 4 different visualizations

  • Added .DNG (RAW) bracketing

  • Fixed a crash in portrait mode

  • Fixed some localization issues

  • Improved exposure algorithm

  • Improved usage while rotation lock is on

  • Improved iPad compatibility

  • Many tiny fixes here and there

v5.0.1

  • Added labels to camera settings for clarity

  • Added scroll indicators to ISO and shutter menu

  • Increased the size of some buttons that were too small

  • Added link to our online user guide (Settings panel > tap the 3 dots)

  • Fixed ISO and shutter settings when only one of them is set to auto

  • Improved left-handed usability

  • Fixed iPad layout issues

  • Many other small changes and improvements to the UI

  • Bug fixes

v5.0

  • Added Live Photo support

  • Added Monochrome mode

  • Added portrait mode

  • Added AUTO MAX ISO option

  • Added AUTO MAX Shutter option

  • Added battery level indicator

  • Added disk space remaining indicator

  • Added dedicated slo-mo mode

  • Added ability to swap lenses

  • Added Live Photo + light painting mode

  • Added ability to export a single JPEG or DNG from a RAW+JPEG file

  • Added camera roll support for favoriting photos

  • Added camera roll support for video scrubbing

  • Added real-time white balance information

  • Added focus confirmation indicator

  • Sweet new design

  • New Grid types

  • Added haptic feedback to UI (Live Photo needs to be off for haptics, its an API issue)

  • Improved volume button support

  • Added iPhone X support

  • Improved iPad support

v3.8

  • New Camera UI

  • New Camera Roll UI

  • Added button to settings panel to reset UI color

v3.7

  • Updated image capture pipeline for iOS10

  • Added support for RAW/DNG. Compatible devices can now shoot in JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG

  • RAW can be used with Normal, BKT (bracket) and burst modes

  • Added RAW support to ProShot’s camera roll

  • Added support for wide color capture

  • Added audio input level meter during video capture

  • Made UI buttons bigger and easier to press

  • Fixed bug where timelapse videos wouldn’t save

  • Fixed bug where front camera image might be blank

  • Many other small UI tweaks and bug fixes

v3.5

  • Brand new camera roll with updated UI, RGB + Luma histogram

  • Added video bitrate info to EXIF

  • Increased manual WB range to 2250-9000K

  • Added workaround for timelapse video issues affecting some devices

  • Fixed a few video bugs

  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

v3.3

  • Updated UI for better visibility and usability

  • Dozens of small improvements

  • Fixed all known bugs

v3.1

  • Added a new AE lock feature (tap the new AE button)

  • Focus and exposure targets can now be dragged anywhere on the screen (tap them to reset)

  • The button next to the main camera button now takes still photos during video

  • Improved auto ISO and auto shutter algorithm (faster, more reliable, stable)

  • Fixed volume shutter bug

  • UI improvements and various bug fixes

v3.0

  • New camera roll, integrated into the viewfinder for faster workflow

  • Added Light Painting mode, with innovative Live Preview, 2 unique submodes

  • Added bracketing modes for exposure, ISO, and shutter

  • Added bracketing frame count option

  • Added 4K video (on supported devices)

  • Added 4K timelapse (on supported devices)

  • Added full manual controls to front camera

  • Added support for retina flash on front camera

  • Added video shortcut button

  • Added a toggle for GPS

  • Added a toggle for UI sounds

  • Added toggle to video stabilization

  • Added toggle for image stabilization (on supported devices)

  • Added a battery indicator

  • Increased timelapse video quality, up to 100 Mbits/s

  • Major improvements to UI and UX - zoom, controls, everything

  • Various bug fixes

v2.5.2

  • Added support for iPhone 6 and 6+

  • Added 1/25s shutter

  • Several bug fixes, including a bug where date / time wasn't being added to the EXIF

v2.5.1

  • Added URL Scheme for URL Launchers (for devs out there, the URL is proshot://).

  • Due to issues on some devices, Volume Shutter is now disabled by default. To turn it on, please go to the Settings menu.

v2.5

  • Added time-lapse video, with full manual controls & aspect ratios

  • Added volume button shutter

  • Can use volume button to snap still images during video recording

  • Added more detailed info to EXIF

  • Added discrete steps to the manual white balance slider

  • Improved night time performance when using ISO priority in P mode

  • Improved visibility of level gauge

  • UI now rotates properly when orientation lock is enabled

  • Many, many UI/UX improvements

  • Bug fixes to image and video orientation when orientation lock is enabled

  • Bug fix to keep screen on during time-lapse

  • Bug fix to torch slider

  • Bug fix to improve stability when switching between shooting modes

  • New default theme color for spring (tap the color bar above the color wheel in the settings menu to set it)

v2.0

  • Added 16:9 and 1:1 aspect ratios with full EXIF metadata

  • Added zero-lag bracket exposure (found in “Normal” drive mode menu)

  • Added advanced video capabilities: configurable video resolutions and frame rates with industry-standard options for the 180 degree rule, as well as up to 240fps slow motion video on compatible devices

  • Added a light meter (just above the exposure compensation dial)

  • Added 3D level gauge with 5 different modes

  • Added torch option with intensity slider (in the flash menu)

  • Added universal media share and file size info in camera roll

  • Added double-tap gesture to quick select a camera setting and close the menu

  • Added higher ISO options (depending on video frame rate mode selected)

  • New dynamic buffer system allows for rapid hi-res shooting at any aspect ratio

  • Burst from any camera mode or drive mode, just hold the camera button

  • Improved iPad compatibility

  • UI/UX improvements

  • “hi” burst mode option now full res

  • New live tutorial

  • New default accent color

  • Added Japanese and Korean localization

  • Extremely optimized and energy efficient

  • Several bug fixes

v1.3.1

  • Removed volume button functionality due to compatibility issues (we hope to add it back soon)

  • Bug fix to MF assist on certain devices

v1.3

  • Added support for iPad

  • Can now take a picture with the volume button

  • Fixed GPS bug

  • UI tweaks

  • Added feedback link

v1.2.1

  • Bug fixes to intro screen and MF assist

v1.2

  • Initial release! :D

 
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