In the previous tutorial First launch we learned about permissions required by CameraPixels and basic user interface elements visible on the screen. In this tutorial we’ll have a look at how to setup the additional elements of the CameraPixels UI, get access to the Quick User Guide and contact our support withing the app itself.
In the previous tutorial we’ve seen that CameraPixels can have additional UI elements visible on the screen. The additional UI elements include Histogram, Zoom slider, and Camera selector. When it comes to Camera selector, the user has no control over its presence on the screen. It will appear automatically on devices with dual and triple cameras. The presence of the Histogram and Zoom slider you can specify by turning on or off the corresponding setting in the Global settings dialog:
When the Global settings button is pressed a setting dialog appears on the screen.
The settings list can be scrolled up and down and divided into several sections. Each of the settings has a short description that can help you decide whether a particular setting has to be turned on or off. For instance, in order to see the live histogram on the screen the Histogram setting should be turned on. The same is valid for the Zoom slider, which is used to adjust a digital zoom of the image. The digital zoom is not accessible (even if it’s activated in settings) for raw capture and in Portrait capture mode.
When you’re using manual controls to adjust focus and exposure it’s not always easy to understand if the image is in focus or properly exposed. The CameraPixels app has advanced features, focus peaking, and clipping warnings helping you to make sure of the chosen settings. The focus peaking highlights the areas in focus while you’re adjusting the focus setting.
The clipping warnings show the under- (in blue color) and over-exposed (in red color) areas of the image.
The focus peaking is shown only during the manual focus adjustments and disappears after a few seconds automatically when adjustments have finished. On the other hand, clipping warnings are shown permanently and not only when exposure settings are adjusted. In order to prevent you from constantly going back to Global settings dialog and change the setting, we added a shortcut that allows quickly switch on and off the clipping warnings. Tap on the histogram view
By default, CameraPixels starts in Photo capture mode with the default settings. If you’re using another capture mode with particular settings more often, it makes sense to activate Persistent capture mode and Persistent capture settings options. When these settings are active, the CameraPixels will start with the last used capture mode and settings, giving the impression of the continued workflow.
You can change the language of the CameraPixels’ user interface using the Language setting. The current version of CameraPixels supports English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, German, Portuguese, French, Russian, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese languages. After the language change you’ll need to restart the CameraPixels app for the changes to take effect.
If you plan to record the location of the captured media embedded in its EXIF metadata, the Location option needs to be turned on and the Location permission should be granted to the CameraPixels. Due to privacy, the Location setting is turned off by default.
When you post your images on the internet, it’s a good idea to have a Copyright message embedded into the EXIF metadata. Scroll down the settings list and type your Copyright message. Press the Return key on the virtual keyboard to save the message.
When you have a question, suggestion or complaint you can always contact our support directly from the app. The advantage of using in-app support option is in automatically filled important information for our support team. The CameraPixels adds the app version, iOS version and device type to the body of your email automatically:
In order to contact our support withing the app, in Global settings scroll down to the Support section and select Contact Us item. This will open a new message dialog where you can write your message and send to our support team.
Starting from the CameraPixels v2020.1 we ship a Quick User Guide with the app that shortly describes the user interface and basic interactions. The user guide can be accessed within the Global settings, Quick User Guide item in Support section.
The last, but definitely not the least item in the Support section is Please rate us in the App Store. With the myriad of photography apps in the App Store it’s quite a challenging task for the users to select the right one. Most of us rely on the reviews of other users to decide if a given product suits our needs. Therefore we kindly ask you to leave your review in the App Store to help others and motivate our team to continue the development 😉 Please, don’t use the App Store review to report a bug, we might need an additional information which cannot be provided there.
In this tutorial we learned how to configure CameraPixels for specific needs. We learned how to show/hide histogram and zoom slider, how to prevent CameraPixels from starting in default capture mode with default settings and how to get support in case you need it. In the next tutorial we’ll learn basic interactions with CameraPixels.
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