iPhone blogger Chris Feichtner guides us through some great features you may have missed in ProCamera.
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8 Things you might have missed in ProCamera App*
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ProCamera App Review. A camera app with DSLR-like features
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ProCamera App is a great third party camera app. It’s been continuously updated with great and useful features for us iPhone photographers.
But many of the great features that ProCamera has, may not be that obvious. So, here’s a list of 8 useful ProCamera app features, that you may have overlooked.
Anti-Shake Shutter Release
Did you know that ProCamera App has a secondary shutter release?
It’s located right next to the main shutter release button at the bottom of the screen and you can configure it either as a self-timer or as the anti-shake shutter release.
Once you press the anti-shake shutter release, ProCamera uses the motion sensors in your iPhone to detect motion and only trigger the shutter release once you hold the iPhone still enough. This feature is helpful for taking photos in low light situations like inside a building.
To activate the anti-shake shutter release button as the secondary shutter release, tap the menu in the lower right-hand corner (9 dots) and select anti-shake from the main menu.
Not only does ProCamera offer a complete manual mode, but it also has a semi-automatic mode. In this mode, you set either the ISO or shutter speed manually, and ProCamera will automatically determine the best setting for the other.
The semi-automatic mode is excellent for setting a low ISO to minimize noise or to set a fixed shutter speed of e.g., 1 second to capture motion.
To enable semi-automatic mode, tap the menu in the lower right corner. Then tap the mode selector. (usually indicated by an “A in a circle” icon, change it to SI). Also make sure that you are in “Photo” mode otherwise this option won’t show in other modes like HDR for example.
Choose either automatic, manual, or semi-automatic mode.
Use this feature together with the anti-shake shutter release in a low light environment to get sharp pictures in low light situations without a tripod.
Automatic perspective correction
Perspective distortion happens when you tilt your camera either up- or downwards.
In 2019, ProCamera introduced automatic perspective distortion, that will automatically straighten the vertical lines in your photo while retaining the full resolution of the picture. And it does it while you take a photo. You’ll even see a preview in the viewfinder.
Best of all, if you have the latest iPhone, it works with all three lenses. Automatic perspective correction requires ProCamera Up!, an affordable in-app subscription, that will give even more extra features.
Bracketed RAW Photos
Another relatively new feature is exposure bracketing. This way, ProCamera automatically takes three exposures with different exposure settings. You can feed these three exposures into an HDR software or use two of them to create a composite photo in an app like Photoshop for iPad or Superimpose to help you to fix burnt highlights or harsh shadows.
To use exposure bracketing, set ProCamera to either manual or semi-automatic mode as described above.
Then tap the EB button left to the shutter release. Now, drag the blue brackets to define how many steps you want to under- and over-expose your frame in addition to the regularly exposed photo.
HDR with manual settings
ProCamera offers a quite sophisticated HDR shooting mode, that’s part of the ProCamera Up! Subscription.
What I like about this HDR mode compared to many other HDR camera apps is how fine granular you can adjust it. You can set HDR either to:
- complete automatic mode
- take three photos to create an HDR
- take five photos to create an HDR
- manual exposure bracketing (MEB)
- advanced Manuel exposure bracketing (AMEB)
The MEB and AMEB modes deserve a closer look. By enabling manual exposure bracketing mode, you set the exposure bracketing manually by dragging the exposure bracketing sliders.
The difference is that in MEB, you set the exposure bracketing synchronously. So, if you drag one slider e.g., to -2, the other one will automatically go to +2. In AEMB mode, you can set them asynchronously, e.g., to -3 and +1.
To enable HDR with manual settings, tap the HDR shooting mode selector in ProCamera.
Switch between the different HDR modes by tapping the HDR mode selector in the main menu.
If you’ve chosen the MEB or AMEB mode, adjust the sliders to your need.
Creative Cloud Integration
If you’re using Adobe Lightroom Mobile to edit your mobile photos, you can configure ProCamera to send any photo right to Creative Cloud.
To enable Creative Cloud integration, tap the menu in the lower right corner, then tap Settings. Scroll down to the end of the settings screen until you see an item labeled Creative Cloud. Tap it and sign in with your Adobe ID to enable Creative Cloud Integration.
Along with the golden hour, the blue hour is one of the best times to photograph during the day.
ProCamera comes with a handy widget. Not only can you use the widget to launch ProCamera into any mode, but it also displays the beginning and end of the blue hour according to your current location.
Manual Focus Control with Focus Peaking
With ProCamera app, you can set focus and exposure manually. To make sure that the subject is sharp, use manual focus with focus peaking. With focus peaking, ProCamera will display a rectangle containing a zoomed part of your subject. There, sharp lines will display be marked yellow.
To enable focus peaking, tap the menu in the lower right corner. Scroll down to Focus and Exposure. Tap it and scroll down to the last entry labeled focus peaking. Make sure it’s turned on.
To use focus peaking, drag your finger up or down on the viewfinder until the yellow lines appear around the subject.
Chris Feichtner is an iPhone Photographer from Vienna, Austria. In 2012, he ditched his DSLR in favor of an iPhone to photograph during his travels. He runs the iPhone Photo Blog nocamerabag.com where he writes about his photo trips, the iPhone Photo Apps and Accessories he’s using and shares tutorials about iPhone photography.
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