Windows User Guide
“Contrast is what makes photography interesting.”
— Conrad Hall
Welcome to the ProShot manual. Here you can find all of the information needed to get the most out of your camera experience.
Zoom - drag one finger up and down to zoom in and out
Camera Roll - swipe right to access the camera roll, or tap the photos button in the top-left corner
Camera Mode / Drive Mode - in the corners of the screen you can find the Camera Mode and Drive Mode buttons. Tap these to open the Camera Mode and Drive Mode dials.
Timer - open either the Camera Mode dial or the Drive Mode dial. Timer options will be at the top of the screen.
Menus - tap anywhere outside of a menu to close the menu
Manual Focus - To activate manual focus, slide your finger along the semi-transparent focus dial next to the camera button. To reset back to autofocus, tap the AF button (that appears when you activate MF) adjacent to the camera button.
Torch Light - Press and hold the flash button (v2.0 and higher)
AF Light - You can toggle this from the Settings panel (v2.0 and higher)
Camera & Drive Mode Dials
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.
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.
Normal - use this mode for standard image capture, as well as exposure bracketing. Bracketing is explained in more detail below.
Light Painting - use this mode for long exposure photography, such as light painting, night shots, and even astrophotography. Feel free to experiment, this is the fun mode! More information is available below.
Timelapse - this mode allows you to capture a scene over an extended period of time using an intervalometer. You can use software on your computer to assemble a timelapse, stack images, star trail photography and more!
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.
Image Control Panel & Bracketing
Image Control Panel - Adjust your image settings here. You can change (from left to right) Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness, and RGB values. These settings only work in Normal mode. Please be aware that these options require additional processing time, so it may take longer to save images. Important note: there is currently a bug in Windows where these settings may not be applied to your final image. Please update your OS to the latest version. If you are still experiencing issues, try lowering the image resolution.
Light Painting (Bulb) Mode
Important note: Light Painting support coming to ProShot v1.1. OS build 14393.103 or higher is required.
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. Use of a manual focus (or point focus) and a tripod is highly recommended.
Light Trails Mode - use this mode to quickly and easily capture light trails, without needing to know much about photography or messing with any advanced options.
Light Add Mode - this mode acts much like your typical bulb mode found on most modern DSLRs. It gathers light over the selected period of time to produce images that are brighter than what you can normally achieve through the available shutter speeds. Use this mode to capture night landscapes and even the stars!
Image File / Format & Settings
ProShot allows you to customize both the sensor output as well as the image format.
Sensor - this option controls the sensor output (the data pulled off the image sensor). This value can be either JPEG or RAW. Depending on your hardware and other shooting options, one value may be faster than the other. If you select RAW, take a few test photos to ensure the output is functioning properly. Due to a bug in Windows, RAW output may be blank (this affects the Lumia 640 XL and possibly other devices).
Image File - The image file / format saved. This value can be either JPEG or uncompressed TIFF. Uncompressed TIFF is offered instead of RAW / DNG because it is easier to work with on your mobile device.
IMG - This is the compression quality of the final output. For best performance vs file size, we recommend 90-95. Option is not available when both Sensor and Image File are JPEG.
NR - Noise Reduction OFF / LO / HI
OIS - Optical Image Stabilization. If your hardware has OIS, this allows you to turn it on and off. Value applies to both photo and video modes. Note: some devices have OIS, but cannot turn it off. In this case the OIS button will be disabled.
Tap the focus circle to reset it to the center of the screen.
To view the Tutorial in ProShot, open the Right Panel, tap the "?" button in the upper-right corner, and press the "Help" button.
Under heavy use your device may get warm. Try disabling the histogram and level features.
ProShot for Windows 10 runs on ANY Windows 10 device, including PC, laptop, tablet, and more. There are many creative possibilities waiting for you!