Android Manual

Updated: 10/30/17

Welcome to the ProShot manual. Here you can find all of the information needed to get the most out of your photography experience.


OPERATION

Zoom - drag one finger up and down to zoom in and out
Menus - tap anywhere outside of a menu to close it
Settings - Tap the gear icon to open the Settings Panel
Manual Focus - If your device has the capability for manual focus, there will be a semi-transparent arc next to the camera button. To activate MF, just drag your finger anywhere on that arc. To reset back to autofocus, tap anywhere on the screen to activate Point Focus, and then tap on the Point Focus circle to return to autofocus.
RAW - certain devices are capable of shooting RAW. To enable RAW, open the Settings Panel and tap the "JPEG" button. This will alternate between JPEG, JPEG+RAW and RAW only modes.
Exposure Lock - Tap the AE button to enable exposure lock. Tap the exposure target to reset it.
Torch - Press and hold the flash button in any mode to turn on / off the torch.

 

Modes

One of the cornerstones of traditional DSLR controls are the mode dials. They are reliable, easy to read, and easy to access. ProShot emulates this hardware feature through the use of virtual dials positioned at the corners of the screen. Tap them to open / close, or slide your finger for quick access.

Drive Modes - these options control the shooting mode.

Drive Modes - these options control the shooting mode.

Camera Modes - these options offer various degrees of control over camera settings.

Camera Modes - these options offer various degrees of control over camera settings.

 

Camera modeS

Auto - use this mode for completely automated use.
Program - use this mode when you know you want to shoot with a specific ISO or white balance value. This mode acts as an ISO-priority mode.
Manual - use this mode when manual shutter speed control is of the utmost importance. When ISO is set to AUTO, this mode acts as a shutter priority mode.
Custom - use these modes to save and recall your favorite settings.

 

Drive modes

Normal - use this mode for standard image capture, as well as burst and exposure bracketing.
Light Painting - use this mode for long exposure photography, such as light painting. Feel free to experiment, this is the fun mode!
Timelapse - this mode allows you to capture a scene over an extended period of time. There are two output options available in this mode. The first (photo button) functions as an intervalometer, and saves a series of images directly to the camera roll. The second (movie button) allows the direct capture and export of a timelapse movie.
Video - use this mode to capture video. Combine it with ProShot's various Camera Modes, and you have an incredibly versatile movie capture experience. All camera settings (including zoom, exposure compensation, ISO, torch, white balance and shutter speed) can be changed at any time, even during video recording.

SETTINGS

Grid - Show / hide grid overlay
Level - This feature is selectable in the Settings Panel. It shows your device's alignment with the horizon.
JPEG - Toggle between JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG modes
JPEG 100 - Set the JPEG compression level. 95 is recommended for best IQ and file size ratio. We don't generally recommend 100 as there is little difference between 99 and 100.
NR - Noise Reduction
Brightness - Toggle max screen brightness
Custom Save Location - (folder icon, right side) Save to a custom location on your device or SD card.
Theme - Use the bottom row of colored buttons to change the Theme of ProShot to your liking.

BRACKETING

Bracketing can be found in the Drive Dial, and is a function that quickly takes multiple photos at varying exposure levels. Here you can select exposure offset, number of frames, and, depending on your hardware, the bracketing type. For bracketing types there is exposure, ISO, and shutter speed.

Note: Some devices may have issues with bracketing. Try a 2-frame bracket if 3-frame is not working, and experiment with the different bracketing types.

LIGHT PAINTING (BULB) MODE

LIGHT PAINTING MODE, ISO 400, SHUTTER 0.8S, BULB 4S

LIGHT PAINTING MODE, ISO 400, SHUTTER 0.8S, BULB 4S

Light painting is a really fun way to stretch your creativity, and take your photography skills to new heights. Use this mode at night to take long exposures of still or moving objects, and watch as the photo develops live before your eyes. This mode can even be used for astrophotography, so get creative with it!

To enable Light Painting mode, open the Drive Mode dial and select Light Painting. In this menu you can change the duration of your image capture, as well as select a hi-res option, and Mode 2.

Hi-res - this will increase the captured image resolution to the maximum supported by your device, up to 5MP. The tradeoff is that higher resolutions take more processing power, which may impact how light streaks appear. This mode is recommended for still subjects, such as night scenery, or the stars.

Light Painting - Advanced Concepts
ProShot's Light Painting mode was designed to work on all devices with all types of different capabilities, but to get that smooth light streak look, it is recommended to have a device capable of manual shutter control. Simply open the Camera Mode dial, select Manual, choose your ISO (preferably a small value for cleaner images), and then your shutter speed. Depending on your hardware, we'd recommend 1/4s or slower. The image above was shot using 0.8s with a 4s bulb setting. A flashlight was used to paint the foreground while mother nature did the rest :)

CUSTOM ASPECT RATIO

PRESS AND HOLD "C" TO OPEN MENU

PRESS AND HOLD "C" TO OPEN MENU

One truly unique feature of ProShot is the ability to create custom aspect ratios for image capture. Would rather shoot in 21:9 or 3:2? You're welcome to enter any value you like for width and height between 2 and 30.

To open the menu, press and hold "C" until the menu appears. To close, tap anywhere on the screen outside of the menu.

Note: Custom Aspect Ratios only apply to JPEG images, and take longer to process than 16:9 and 4:3 images.

 

TIPS

  1. Tap the focus circle to reset it to the center of the screen.
  2. If video appears choppy, try disabling the Histogram.
  3. To view debug info, open the Right Menu, and press and hold the "?" button.


TECHNICAL NOTES

NEXUS 5X, NEXUS 6, NEXUS 6P
Exposure compensation support was removed by Google. It was added back in in Android 7.0. https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=161613

troubleshooting

*** FOR ALL ISSUES, TRY CLEARING YOUR CACHE FIRST ***
(Settings → Storage → Cached Data)

App is force-closing
There may have been an error either during app install or update. Please try the following:

  1. Clear your cache (Settings → Storage → Cached Data)
  2. Restart your device
  3. Reinstall ProShot

Viewfinder is running slow / lagging
This happens when you are in Manual, Custom 1 or Custom 2 modes and have a long shutter speed selected (for example, 1/4s), in combination with an ISO setting that is not AUTO. ProShot's viewfinder gives you a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) view of your final image, so it uses the selected shutter speed for the preview.

Video is choppy or it freezes
Something is slowing down your device.

  1. Try clearing your cache (Settings → Storage → Cached Data).
  2. Ensure that you don't have any background apps running that can interfere with ProShot (cleanup apps, virus scanner, monitoring software, etc). Apps like those can consume a lot of system resources and cause stability issues.
  3. Disable the Histogram. It can be resource-intensive on some devices.