Software User Guide

User guide and documentation for Smart Shooter


A. OVERVIEW

1. Quick Start Up

a. Open, Connect & Save

  1. OPEN Open the Software

  2. CONNECT Connect a cable to your camera and computer, turn on the camera, SS 4 will auto-detect. Under Active Camera the connected camera will appear.

  3. If camera is not yet detected, in the Camera Controls panel click Detect, then Connect.

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4. SAVE Choose where images will save. Options are:

  1. Disk (computer) Images will download to the computer only.

  2. Card (camera memory card) Images will save to the card only, a “blank” thumbnail will appear in the Filmstrip, you may right-click the image and select “download”.

  3. Both (computer + memory card) Images will save to both the memory card in the camera and will download to the computer.

Select your Storage choice in the Camera Controls Panel

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b. Taking and Viewing Photos

Trigger the shutter by clicking the Shoot button

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located in the Camera Controls Panel, or by manually operating the camera. When Live View is enabled, most cameras will disable manual control, hence triggering is only possible by using the Shoot button.

As each image is taken, the thumbnail of your image will appear in the Filmstrip Window and the image will appear in the Preview Window for review. Click on any previously taken image to view in Preview Window.

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If you have Recent Photos Panel open, the images by their file names will appear in a list. Recent Photos Panel can be enabled or disabled by going to Display in the navigation. (Recent Photos Panel is enabled by default when first starting SS4)

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Recent Photos Panel listed by file name. Click the X to close panel.

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In the Display options in the Capture Window you can enable/disable the Quick Loupe - Show in Preview and Show in Live View and adjust the size with a slider.

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The Loupe Window shows a magnified view of the photo. The yellow box in the Preview Window represents the current area shown in the Loupe Window. You can use the mouse to click/drag the yellow box to reposition the magnified area, or you can use use the mouse to click/drag the magnified image directly in the Loupe Window.

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c. How to Use Live View

To turn Live View ON, check Enable in the Live View section in the Camera Controls Panel.

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Live View will fill the Preview Window

Check Zoom to switch the Live View output to a magnified box in the Live View Display, it can be moved using the cursor. Use the small, medium and large arrows for focusing control.

If your camera supports Live View Depth of Field Preview, you can enable it using the DOF checkbox.

Hover over the stationary yellow outlined box on the image to turn it to the Live View Loupe.

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The close-up view will appear in the Loupe Window.

The Loupe Window only ever shows a magnified area of the last photo shown in the Preview Window. It does not magnify the Live View image.

So if Live View is full screen (ie. you cannot see the last taken photo), then the contents in the Loupe Window will still show the last photo.

Separately to this, if you hover the mouse over the Live View image, it will show the Live View Quick Loupe.


2. Panels

a. Camera Controls Panel

  • Active Camera: Identifies camera in use.

  • Detect: Smart Shooter will automatically detect the camera. Press Detect to force the software to check for cameras.

  • Disconnect: Immediately disconnects camera.

  • Connect: Press Connect to connect to your camera. Auto-connect by default.

  • Video: Switch camera to video mode, then click Video to start recording, click to stop.

  • Auto-Focus: Auto-focuses lens on camera.

  • Shoot: One click triggers the shutter one time.

  • Power: Shows the battery level on the camera.

  • Storage: Set download location.

  • Live View: Enable, Zoom, Dof Settings See How to use Live View ADD LINK HERE

Camera controls available with drop down menus:

  1. Aperture

  2. Shutter Speed

  3. ISO

  4. Exposure Compensation

  5. Quality

  6. Program Mode

  7. Metering Mode

  8. White Balance

  9. Focus Mode

  10. Drive Mode

  11. Mirror Lockup

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b. Recent Photos Panel

If you have Recent Photos Panel open, the images by their file names will appear in a list. Enable or diable Recent Photos Panel by going to Display in the navigation. (Recent Photos Panel is enabled by default when first starting SS)

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Recent Photos Panel listed by file name. Click the X to close panel.

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3. Tabs

a. Capture Tab

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The Capture Tab is your main working space, with five windows:

  1. Preview Window - with Quick Loupe mode (mouse hover). Immediately after images are shot, they will appear in Preview for review.

  2. Info Window – image metadata.

  3. Loupe Window – magnified view, click and drag cursor in Preview to move.

  4. Live View Window – the zoom region can be repositioned by mouse click/drag.

  5. Filmstrip – thumbnails of recently taken images. Click on image to open in Preview.

Click Display Options button to open where you can control how the User Interface appears.

  • Background Color, Photo Review Time, Photo Spacing, Font Size & Show Live View Indicator

  • Grid Overlay - Color & Size

  • Quick Loupe - Show in Preview, Show in Live View & Size

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The Icons from left to right above the windows in the Capture Tab:

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The icons are:

  1. Over or Under Exposure

  2. Grid Overlay

  3. Photo Histogram

  4. Live View Mirror

  5. Client Presentation Mode

  6. Background Image

  7. Live View Opacity

  8. Live View Brightness

  9. Fullscreen Display

Hover over each icon to read its description, see example below for Over/Under Exposure, shown as #1 in the list above.

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To use Background Image, shown as #6 in the list above Setting a background image is useful when you need to match a new shot with a previously taken shot.

  1. Enable Background Image : Check Enable, then click Select Background to choose an image.

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  1. Live View Overlay : Click to set the Opacity of the Live View to see the background image behind the Live View. Best used for perfect alignment across images.

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b. Photos Tab

Images taken detail list:

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Highlight image in list, then right click for additional options.

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c. Cameras Tab

Detail list of cameras connected.

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Highlight camera in list, then right click to access further features.

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B. SUPPORTED CAMERAS

Listed by make and model with supported features.

Canon

Model

Live View

Bulb Mode

Auto Focus

Canon R

x

x

x

Canon 1D MIII

x

x

Canon 1Ds MIII

x

x

Canon 1D MIV

x

x

x

Canon 1DC

x

x

x

Canon 1DX

x

x

x

Canon 1DX MII

x

x

x

Canon 5D MII

x

x

x

Canon 5D MIII

x

x

x

Canon 5D MIV

x

x

x

Canon 5Ds

x

x

x

Canon 5DsR

x

x

x

Canon 6D

x

x

x

Canon 6D MII

x

x

x

Canon 7D

x

x

x

Canon 7D MII

x

x

x

Canon 40D

x

x

Canon 50D

x

x

x

Canon 60D

x

x

x

Canon 70D

x

x

x

Canon 77D

x

x

x

Canon 80D

x

x

x

Canon 100D

x

x

x

Canon 200D

x

x

x

Canon 250D

x

x

x

Canon 450D

x

x

Canon 500D

x

x

x

Canon 550D

x

x

x

Canon 600D

x

x

x

Canon 650D

x

x

x

Canon 700D

x

x

x

Canon 750D

x

x

x

Canon 760D

x

x

x

Canon 800D

x

x

x

Canon 1000D

x

x

Canon 1100D

x

x

x

Canon 1200D

x

x

x

Canon 1300D

x

x

x

Canon 8000D

x

x

x

Canon 9000D

x

x

x

Canon Rebel SL1

x

x

x

Canon Rebel SL2

x

x

x

Canon Rebel SL3

x

x

x

Canon Rebel T1i

x

x

x

Canon Rebel T2i

x

x

x

Canon Rebel T3

x

x

x

Canon Rebel T3i

x

x

x

Canon Rebel T4i

x

x

x

Canon Rebel T5

x

x

x

Canon Rebel T5i

x

x

x

Canon Rebel T6

x

x

x

Canon Rebel T6i

x

x

x

Canon Rebel T6s

x

x

x

Canon Rebel T7i

x

x

x

Canon Rebel XS

x

x

Canon Rebel XSi

x

x

Canon Kiss F

x

x

Canon Kiss X2

x

x

Canon Kiss X3

x

x

x

Canon Kiss X4

x

x

x

Canon Kiss X5

x

x

x

Canon Kiss X6i

x

x

x

Canon Kiss X7

x

x

x

Canon Kiss X7i

x

x

x

Canon Kiss X8

x

x

x

Canon Kiss X8i

x

x

x

Canon Kiss X9i

x

x

x

Canon Kiss X10

x

x

x

Canon Kiss X50

x

x

x

Canon Kiss X70

x

x

x

Canon Kiss X80

x

x

x

Nikon

Limitations of Nikon D3xxx cameras The Nikon D3xxx range of cameras (including the D3000, D3100, D3200, and D3300) have limited capabilities during tethered operation. In particular, liveview is not possible with the D3000 and D3100, and although liveview is possible with the D3200 and D3300, it is not possible to zoom the liveview image or drive the focus motor. We recommend avoiding this range of cameras if more advanced tethering features are required.

Model

Live View

Bulb Mode

Auto Focus

Nikon Df

x

x

x

Nikon D3

x

x

Nikon D3s

x

x

Nikon D3x

x

x

Nikon D4

x

x

x

Nikon D4s

x

x

x

Nikon D5

x

x

x

Nikon D40

x

Nikon D60

x

Nikon D80

x

Nikon D90

x

x

Nikon D300

x

x

Nikon D300s

x

x

Nikon D500

x

x

x

Nikon D600

x

x

x

Nikon D610

x

x

x

Nikon D700

x

x

x

Nikon D750

x

x

x

Nikon D800

x

x

x

Nikon D800e

x

x

x

Nikon D810

x

x

x

Nikon D850

x

x

x

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3200

x

Nikon D3300

x

Nikon D3400

x

Nikon D3500

x

Nikon D5000

x

x

Nikon D5100

x

x

Nikon D5200

x

x

x

Nikon D5300

x

x

x

Nikon D5500

x

x

x

Nikon D5500

x

x

x

Nikon D5600

x

x

x

Nikon D7000

x

x

Nikon D7100

x

x

x

Nikon D7200

x

x

x

Nikon D7500

x

x

x

Nikon Z6

x

x

x

Nikon Z7

x

x

x


C. EXTRAS

Default Settings SS4 default file saving is set to Disk (computer only). To change either go to File > Options > Default Settings or Storage in the Camera Controls Panel.

Smart Shooter will not overwrite an existing file If an existing file is found while saving a file, SS will append the new file name with a _1.

Presets A subset of the standard options can be saved to a preset. The preset saves a snapshot of the options of when it was created. Multiple presents can be stored, allowing the options to be changed quality just by switching between presets.

External API This feature is only available with Smart Shooter PRO. Please read http://ssdocs.tethertools.com/external_api.html for further information.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Key

Description

T

Take a photo

Z

Take a photo on all connected cameras

F

Auto Focus

R

Run the currently loaded script

A

Select the aperture camera setting

S

Select the shutter speed camera setting

I

Select the ISO camera setting

E

Select the exposure compensation camera setting

Q

Select the photo quality camera setting

M

Select the metering mode camera setting

W

Select the white balance camera setting

Up arrow

Change the value of the currently selected camera setting

Down arrow

Change the value of the currently selected camera setting