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Camera+ 2: The Shooting Screen


Welcome to the first installment of guides for Camera+ 2. With the extensive revisions to the shooting screen, a few people have been confused about what’s moved where. Hopefully this post will clear that up for you, but if you do think of a question please contact support and let me know!

Shooting Screen Overview


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1Camera Settings Menu

This button will drop down a convenient palette of options for your shooting screen. Whether you want nothing in your way, or want to make sure your photos are perfectly level, the Camera Settings Menu gives you easy access to the most used settings for the shooting screen. See the screenshot below for more detailed information on each setting.

2Flash Menu

This button shows a menu with the different options for having your flash fire when taking a photo. See the screenshot below for more detailed information on each setting.

3Presets Menu

The presets menu gives you instant access to camera modes that are specific to different photography techniques. Each one helps you get the most out of every photo by setting up the camera specifically for the type of shot you’re trying to get. See the screenshot below for more detailed information on each setting.

4Aspect Ratio Toggle

Tapping this button toggles aspect ratio of your photo between normal, square, and 16:9.

5Camera Switcher

This button switches between the selfie (front) and normal (back) cameras.

6Grid

The Grid helps you align your subject perfectly within the frame. It can be toggled on and off via the Camera Settings Menu.

7Level

The Level indicates how level your phone is compared to the horizon. It can be toggled on and off via the Camera Settings Menu.

8Zoom Slider

The Zoom Slider allows you to digitally zoom up to 6x with any camera selected. Please note that since this is a digital rather than an optical zoom you may experience a loss in image quality.

9Back-Facing Camera Switcher

This button toggles between the wide angle and telephoto cameras.

10Shutter “Plus” Menu

This button brings up a wheel where you can select from a number of different ways of taking your photo. Different from presets, these only affect how the shutter goes off, rather than processing the photo or changing the focus or exposure. See the screenshot below for more detailed information on each setting.

11Shutter Button

Tap this to take a photo! Please note that due to local law in some areas the shutter sound can not be muted. In those locations, this will not be changed, and is not a bug.

12Main Menu

Tap here to get the latest news about Camera+ 2, find help and tutorials, and access all the nitty gritty settings.

13Lightbox and Photo Library

This is where the magic happens! Tap this button to go to the Lightbox and Photo Library to edit your photos.

14Focus Reticle

Tap the screen with two fingers to bring up the touch focus reticle. You can drag this around the screen to change the focus to different parts of your photo. Tapping the lock icon will lock the focus at its current value.

15Exposure Reticle

Tap the screen with two fingers to bring up the touch exposure reticle. You can drag this around the screen to adjust the exposure levels based on different parts of your photo. Tapping the lock icon will lock the exposure at its current values.

16EV Wheel

Tapping anywhere on the screen brings up the combined touch focus/exposure reticle (not pictured) and the EV wheel. Tapping with two fingers anywhere on the screen brings up both the touch focus and exposure reticles and the EV wheel. Changing the value of the EV wheel brightens or darkens your photo.

17Manual toggle

Tap this to toggle between the EV wheel and full manual controls.

Camera Settings and Manual Exposure


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1Geotag

When this is enabled, the location where each photo is taken will be stored in the file’s metadata.

2Grid

The Grid helps you align your subject perfectly within the frame. This button toggles it on and off.

3Level

The Level indicates how level your phone is compared to the horizon. This button toggles it on and off.

4Zoom

This button toggles the Zoom Slider on and off.

5Focus Peaking

This button toggles Focus Peaking on and off. Focus Peaking gives the viewfinder a green highlight for objects that are in focus.

6Auto Button

In this context the Auto button returns the exposure to Auto mode.

7Shutter Speed Wheel

This wheel adjusts how long the shutter stays open. Longer shutter speeds let more light into the sensor.

8ISO Wheel

This wheel adjusts the ISO value of the photo. ISO controls how bright your photo looks.

9Live Exposure Values

Live Exposure gives you a convenient way to see your current shutter speed and ISO regardless of whether you’re in auto, touch, or manual exposure.

10Manual Exposure Button

This button toggles the manual exposure controls on or off.

11EV Button

This button toggles the EV wheel on or off. Toggling the EV wheel on will hide the manual exposure controls.

Flash Settings and Manual White Balance


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1Flash Off

This button sets the flash to never fire.

2Auto

This button sets the flash to fire automatically.

3Flash On

This button sets the flash to always fire.

4Torch Mode

This button sets the flash to stay on continuously like a flashlight. Please note, leaving this selection active for extended periods may hurt your battery life.

5Auto White Balance

This button lets you toggle auto white balance while viewing the manual kelvin wheel.

6Kelvin Wheel

This wheel adjusts the white balance of your photo. Higher values result in warmer colors and lower value results in a cooler overall tone.

7White Balance Presets Button

This button brings you to the menu of white balance presets and hides the kelvin wheel.

8Manual White Balance Button

Tap this button to toggle the manual white balance controls on or off.

Presets and Manual Focus


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1No Preset

This button sets the camera to the default “Normal” mode.

2Portrait

This button enables Portrait mode. Portrait mode focuses in on your subject, and emphasizes it with a slight blur to the background. When portrait mode is on, extra depth information about your photo is saved and special editing tools are available to adjust and enhance the effect

3Macro

This button enables Macro mode. Macro mode is used for taking extreme close ups of your subject.

4Slow Shutter

This button enables Slow Shutter mode. Slow shutter is used for taking photos in low light situations or when you would like the shutter to stay open for an extended amount of time to achieve an effect such as the motion blur of moving water or the light trails of passing cars.

5Action

This button enables Action mode. Action mode combines “burst” style shooting, where you hold down the shutter button to take several photos in rapid succession, with advanced subject tracking. Tap your subject and the camera should keep it in focus while you’re free to use other parts of the camera. This mode is ideal for getting the perfect shot of fast moving subjects like pets or children. Since Action mode automatically chooses a fast shutter speed, it works best in brightly lit scenes.

6RAW

This button enables RAW mode. RAW mode is incompatible with any feature that processes the image on the shooting screen. This includes square format, 16:9 format, Macro mode, and Portrait mode. RAW is also incompatible with the front facing camera. However turning this on gives you access to the data captured by the camera sensor. You can edit this in Camera+ by tapping on the thumbnail of your RAW photo and selecting “RAW Adjust”.

7Auto Focus Button

This button toggles the manual focus controls on or off.

8Focus Wheel

This wheel lets you manually adjust the focal point of your photo.

9Focus Peaking

This button toggles Focus Peaking on and off. Focus Peaking gives the viewfinder a green highlight for objects that are in focus.

10Manual Focus Button

This button toggles the manual focus controls on or off.

Shutter “Plus” Menu


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1Stabilizer

Stabilizer mode takes a photo after you’ve tapped the shutter but only when the camera is stable. After you tap the shutter, the ring around the shutter button will turn from red to orange to yellow to green based on the level of movement. After a short time in the “green” state the photo will be taken.

2Smile

Smile mode takes a photo after the shutter button is tapped when it detects all faces in the photo are smiling. It will continue taking photos when all detected faces are smiling until the shutter is tapped again. The color of the ring around the shutter button ranges from orange to yellow to green to indicate the current state of smiles detected.

3Normal

This is the default selection. When you tap the shutter button, a photo is taken.

4Burst

Burst mode allows you to take a large number of photos at once by holding down the shutter button. When you lift your finger from the shutter, photos will stop being taken.

5Timer

Timer takes a photo after a set amount of time, either 5, 15 or 30 seconds, which is displayed in the center of the screen. This can be toggled by tapping directly on the number. When the shutter button is pressed, the number will begin counting down, and you will hear a voice prompt if sound is enabled. At the end of the countdown a photo is taken.

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