Settings - Profoto StyleShoos Vertical & Horizontal

Modified on Fri, 17 May 2024 at 12:39 PM

NAVIGATION

Photo Presets | Photo Preset Name | Photo Folder Name | AutoAlpha™ Background Removal | Photo Aspect Ratio | Framings | File Presets for Photos | Photo width resolution | Photo File Details | File Handling | File Naming | Separation Character | White Balance | Calibration | Updates

Photo Presets

Photo Presets are where you define the types of photos you'd like to end up with after your session. Use them to preconfigure the name, aspect ratio, framings and more up front, and pick which ones to use when creating a new outfit.



Photo Preset Name

The name is a straightforward description that makes it easy for yourself and others to recognize the preset. It will not influence the folder naming or your exported files.


Example display name: Online Store Product Page


Photo Folder Name

The exact name of the folder your files will be saved into. Create a name that fits your file management standards.


Example folder name: p_web


AutoAlpha™ Background Removal

To enable AutoAlpha™ to automatically remove the background and caddy fixture poles from you photos, simply slide the toggle switch to enable the feature. AutoAlpha™ photo presets will show up with a green badge in the presets list and will appear separately in Composer as their own shoot list item.


Photo Aspect Ratio

Choose between a list of possible aspect ratios (width vs height) for your photos. The ideal ratio depends on where you are planning to use your photos.

  • 1:1 square for older websites and for social media posts
  • 4:5 works well on websites and apps like Instagram.
  • 2:3 works well for most websites.
  • 9:16 works well for digital signage and full screen apps like Snapchat.


Framings

Framings are predefined fully customizable camera positions that can be accessed from Live View during a session to save time and ensure consistency.



Creating a new View

  1. Tap the Plus icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Select the newly added View icon.
  3. Enter a name for your new Framing. The name is added to the file names during export, making it easy to find your files.
  4. Return to the Live view and use the Motors tab in control panel to alter the framing position you can also type in exact zoom parameters.


Reordering Views

  1. Tap Edit in the upper right corner to enter edit mode.
  2. Drag the View up or down using the three horizontal lines icon.
  3. Tap Done to exit edit mode.


Deleting a View

  1. Tap Edit in the upper right corner to enter edit mode.
  2. Tap the delete icon and tap Delete to confirm.
  3. Tap Done to exit edit mode.




File Presets for Photos

File presets let you define file format, dimensions and compression quality. During the process of exporting, you can choose which file presets you want generated.



Photo width resolution

Choose a resolution based on where you plan to use your photos. The height is automatically calculated based on the selected aspect ratio (see above).

  1. Tap the text in the Width Resolution field to bring up the keyboard.
  2. Enter a value between 200 and 4480 px.


Tip: Many social apps accept high resolutions and automatically downscale photos to best fit the receiving device. So often you can choose a single high resolution format and simply reuse the same file across all platforms. This simplifies file management and saves time during export.


Photo File Details

Set the file format, quality and metadata extensiveness to your preferences.


File Type

  1. JPEG
  2. TIFF
  3. PNG


Quality (only available for JPG)

  1. Best
  2. Better
  3. Good


Metadata

  1. Limited - on/off


Tip: Profoto StyleShoots Vertical automatically adds a range of meta data tags to all photos and videos exported from the system. See full details and list of tags under File Handling.
 
You can limit the amount of meta data information embed by turning on the setting "Limited". This reduces metadata to only include product and copyright information, suited for web publication. 

 




File Handling

File Handling lets you configure the folder path and separator character used by the system.


File Naming

Set which file path you prefer the system to use out of the following options:

  1. Workfolder / Session /Preset / files
  2. Workfolder / Session / files
  3. Workfolder / Preset / Session / files
  4. Workfolder / Preset / files
  5. Workfolder / files



Workfolder is the folder you pick or create on the iPad when starting a new export.

Session is the name of the product that appears in the given photo or video.

Preset is the name of the Video Preset or Photo Preset used to create the file. You can customize this name inside the Presets you create.                                                                                                      


Separation Character

Each file name is made up from multiple elements such as product and framing. The separator character sits between these naming elements. Choose between these options:

  1. Hyphen -
  2. Underscore _
  3. Tilde ~



Tagging 

Adding custom metadata in bulk is easy with the Tagging feature in ProStudio. Tagging your images with relevant metadata makes them easy to search for effectively keywording your images and makes images appear in web searches.


Simply create and name a tag preset, add all of your custom tags to the preset in the edit mode and save. Once you have your preset it can be selected along with photo and video presets during Session creation.


Tip: create tag presets for all your product types and keep them stored and updated ready for use for every eventuality.


White Balance

You can set the global white balance of the system with just one tap.


NB: Be sure that you want to change the system's white balance. Changes will affect all photos, including those not yet exported. It is not possible to revert to a previous white balance.



  1. Tap the lock icon to unlock the Live View. The camera moves into position.
  2. Tap the gray target to set the white balance. The changes will be reflected instantly in Live View. If you are not happy with the result, tap again.



Calibration


NB: Make sure you have first set a White Balance using the step above before moving on to calibration of the backlight and fixtures.


Recalibration of the backlight, podium and fixtures must be done on a regular basis to make sure that AutoAlpha™ is optimised for the current studio conditions. To recalibrate:

  1. Select the items on the checklist that are to be calibrated* to create your calibration recipe.
  2. Clear the backlight and area between the camera and the shooting area of all obstructions.
  3. Press calibrate and follow the on screen prompts.
  4. When requested, dock and undock caddy and podium in the required sequence if part of the calibration recipe. 
  5. Once complete you are ready to start shooting again.
  1. *Note: Backlight calibration is always selected and forms the base of all calibration recipes.



Updates

In the Updates section you can view and install new software versions, and see a list of previous releases and what they each contained.



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