October 31, 2018

ProCamera

Apple's Camera is a pretty cool tool, it gives users the basic camera functionality. It's fast easy to use and easy to access with the simple swipe of the lock screen.

Why Buy a Camera Application?

While the Camera is good, there's still a lot of power that users have with the Camera. That's the advantage of using a third party application.

One of the applications that I have been using for years is the ProCamera App. I have been using it since version 5, the current version is 12.0.1. It's a great application to use to help take really good pictures with the camera.

Five Things I like About ProCamera

Apple Watch App - ProCamera Apple Watch App lets you take to preview the camera view before taking pictures. You can also switch between modes and set focus. To see the current camera viewfinder click on the ProCamera icon on the bottom left. (This is different than Apple's Watch as the viewfinder is on by default.)

Flash Torch - Great for when you want a picture in a dark situation and want to see/focus on the picture before taking it. For example, if you're trying to take a picture of a product info on an equipment in a dark area. (This is where the Apple Watch can come in handy too!)

ProTimer - If you like GorillacamPro, you'll like this feature. You'll have the ability to set a number of photos to take after the Self-Timer gets activated. This is also a good way to take multiple pictures and then combine them later.

Lens Selection - You can actually take a picture with both lenses on the iPhone XS Max. You don't necessarily get a better picture, but it's pretty cool to have that functionality.

Videos - The nice thing about having a third party app for videos is that it can have different settings. I can switch between the Apple Camera and ProCamera depending on what I am doing. The AudioMeter is great to have a visual of the video audio track, it's a good way to know if the audio that I am capturing is loud enough.

Couple of Notes

If you ever find yourself without the bottom row and unable to switch modes or see the Camera Roll, it's because you are viewing the Light Version of the "On Screen Display Mode." To fix this simply click on the Control Panel, the three lines on the bottom right, then the Display icon, the bottom right icon that looks like a rectangle. Use Standard Mode if you want complete control of all the elements.

If you want to change what modes appear on the camera switcher, simply swipe all the way to the left until you see the three dots. Click on it. Now you can rearrange the photos modes and hide functionality that you don't plan on using.

Getting ProCamera

You can purchase ProCamera on the iOS App Store for $5.99. There is no trial. If your still curious about it, I recommend reading the short manual to learn about the capabilities of ProCamera.

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