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Camera+ 2: The Shooting Screen


Noël Rosenthal

I take pictures of cats and yarn.

Welcome to the first installment of guides for Camera+ 2. The shooting screen has been extensively revisited in our latest updates, in order to group together all of the new features we’ve been introducing in a logical manner. Whether you’re new to Camera+ 2 or a long-time user, this guide will tell you where to find everything on the shooting screen. If you think of any questions 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 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.

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 allows you to change the aspect ratio of the photo between normal, square, and 16:9. We always show the exact framing of the photo the camera will capture – even if it means we need to add black bars to the preview. This gives you the most accurate preview of a shot possible.

5Camera Switcher

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

6Level

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

7Zoom 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. If your device has several back cameras, in Auto mode it will allow you to seamlessly slide between 0.5x, 1.0x and 2.0x lenses. However please be aware that the system may intelligently decide to use the wide angle lens instead of the telephoto at 2x depending on lighting conditions.

8Lock Menu

Tapping this button brings up a choice to lock focus, exposure, and white balance.

9EV 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.

10Lens Switcher

Tapping this button switches between your two (or three!) back lenses.

11Grid

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

12Lightbox and Photo Library

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

13Shutter 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.

14Shutter “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.

15Main Menu

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

Presets and Combined Touch Reticle


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1Auto

This button enables Auto mode. This is the default selection and helps you get the shot you want with the least amount of fuss.

2Manual

This button enables Manual mode. This mode gives you fine control over focus, exposure, and white balance. The details of how to use each part of this mode will be detailed in another post.

3Portrait

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. Portrait mode is available in 1x and 2x mode in devices with 3 back cameras.

4Macro

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

5Slow 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.

6Action

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.

7RAW

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”.

8Combined Focus/Exposure Reticle

Tapping anywhere on the screen brings up the combined touch focus/exposure reticle

Aspect Ratios, Focus Peaking, and Touch Reticles


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1Normal Aspect Ratio

This button selects taking photos in the default format.

2Square Aspect Ratio

This button selects taking photos in square format.

316:9 Aspect Ratio

This button selects taking photos in 16:9 format.

4Focus Peaking Indication

The green outlines indicate which parts of your photo have been detected as in focus.

5Focus 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.

6Exposure 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.

Shooting Screen Options


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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.

6Clipping

Clipping uses different colored stripes to indicate which parts of your photo are over or under exposed. This button toggles clipping on and off.

7Time Stamp

This button toggles the automatic placement of a permanent date and time stamp on your photos. This cannot be removed once the photo has been taken.

Flash Settings, Clipping, and Shooting Modes


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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. Additionally, you can control the intensity of the light in only this mode. Please note, leaving this selection active for extended periods may hurt your battery life.

5Clipping Overexposure

The red stripes in this area indicate that it may be overexposed.

6Clipping Undexposure

The blue stripes in this area indicate that it may be underexposed.

7Stabilizer

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.

8Smile

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.

9Normal

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

10Burst

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.

11Timer

Timer takes a photo after a set amount of time, either 3, 10, 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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Published by Noël Rosenthal

I take pictures of cats and yarn.