Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Protune for photos, part of Learning to Shoot with the GoPro HERO 4 and Session 4.
- Another setting that your camera may offer is the ability to use Protune for photos. Now currently this is only available in the Silver and Black, but we might see this become an option in other cameras down the road. What Protune does is allow you to turn it on and access several more choices. Let me show you that here inside of this Black camera. I'll bring up the menu, I'll make sure to switch to photo mode, and then push my settings button, or access this from the touch menus on the back. Now as we navigate here you'll notice that Protune is an option.
Turn that on and several more choices become available. The first one is the ability to assign a white balance, and we'll talk more about white balance in just a moment, next is the ability for color. The GoPro setting will automatically punch up the contrast and the color in the image. This makes for a more attractive image right out of the camera and can be useful if you don't intend to do post-processing with a tool like Photoshop or Lightroom. However, I find that it tends to clip some of the details losing some of the intricate things in the shadows and the highlights.
I prefer to shoot with a more natural flat view and what this does here is it actually gives us more information in the histogram. It'll give you more dynamic range by keeping the exposure and the color more in the middle, and then during post-production you can easily punch up the contrast, so that the image looks a bit sharper. Now while this appears to have less dynamic range to begin with it actually captures more information and gives you a lot more flexibility down the road. The next option is the ability to adjust ISO.
Now on the video side you may have seen similar options. Here we have the ability to change between 800, 400, 200, and 100. So a few less choices than when shooting video. Generally speaking the lower the ISO the less sensitive the camera's gonna be to light. It also means a lot less noise in the image, the grain or unwanted pixels that you see that look stray. For most folks ISO 200 is a pretty good starting point, particularly if you're gonna be shooting under available light outdoors.
Now if you know your gonna be shooting indoors with less lighting and you don't wanna use the night time mode well, then you can bump it up to something like ISO 800. Once we have this selected there's still a few more choices. You'll find the ability to adjust sharpness. The GoPro offers three choices, high, medium, and low. If you don't intend to do any additional post-processing to the image a high sharpness value will give you the crispest photos, but if you'd like a little more flexibility in post and to use more refined software tools after the fact to sharpen the image then I'd recommend using the medium value.
Rarely is low a good choice here, so I don't recommend that unless you're trying to get a soft image for aesthetic purposes. Our next choice is the ability to adjust exposure compensation. Exposure compensation, or EV value, let's you adjust the camera sensitivity. Essentially you could tell the image to expose darker by assigning a negative value, all the way up to negative two, or you can assign a higher value. Now these ranges are adjusted in half stops between positive two to negative two.
This means, for example, if you were shooting a really bright object or a dark object you can trick the camera into manually shooting a better exposure. Remember, the GoPro attempts to automatically balance things out, but it will try to make everything grey. So if you were shooting a black car you might need to adjust the exposure compensation and tell it to under-expose a little bit, so the GoPro didn't blow things out and try to lift that black to a middle grey. Or if you're shooting bright snow, again you might wanna adjust the exposure compensation to avoid things going too dark or too bright.
You'll notice that there's one more option on the bottom here and that's just a simple quick reset. If you decide that you made some changes that you don't want you could reset Protune back to the default settings. When you tap the reset button it's gonna go back to factory defaults and that could be quite useful if you decided that you made changes that you don't want you just wanna go back to the default recommendations from GoPro.
Make sure to check out other courses in our GoPro training series to explore different creative uses for the GoPro, such as capturing action sports or car-mounted footage.
- Choosing a GoPro that's right for you
- Changing GoPro cases
- Choosing a shooting mode
- Recording with a GoPro
- Charging the battery
- Choosing a memory card
- Working with the GoPro menu system
- Setting up the different modes and display settings
- Shooting video with a GoPro
- Shooting still photos
- Recording time-lapse video
- Shooting wirelessly with a GoPro remote or app
- Updating GoPro firmware
- Working with accessories such as tripods