User manual on camera installing and setting Canon EOS in Altami Studio

System requirements

Operating systems:

  • Line of Windows: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista;
  • Line of operating systems on the basis of Linux: nucleus Alt Linux, Open Suse 11.3, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and later;
  • Operating system Mac OS X 10.6.
  • Processor with bit-timing frequency from 1 HGz, it is recommended to use the processor with higher bit-timing frequency;
  • RAM memory from 512 MB;
  • Graphic adapter should provide work in a TrueColor mode (24 or 32 bits for pixel);
  • In order to work with cameras it is necessary to have a free USB-port on a separate USB-hub for each camera.


Camera installation

Launch Altami Studio application and select FileConnect device.
Connecting the Canon EOS
In the list of devices in Device menu find the model of the connected camera, and in the Mode item select the play mode. After that start the camera setting.

Camera setting

Settings are standard for the photo equipment and influence quality and appearance (precision, saturation, etc.) of the image.
In order to show the panel with camera settings select the menu item ViewPanelsCamera Settings and the item ViewPanelsHistogram in order to reflect the Histogram panel.
The upper part of the Camera settings panel is occupied by the preview window. The Capture button under this window allows to make a photo. Exposition, White balance, Image properties and Capture settings are situated further.
Settings of Canon EOS
Settings which the user can set, depend on the capture mode the user has chosen. Basic capture modes (Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night portrait, Flash off) — are modes where parameters are set automatically, and changing of parameters is impossible in order not to receive spoiled captures. Automatically set settings in this case are marked by gray.
Additional capture modes (Program, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, Manual exposure, Automatic depth of field) — are broadened modes where many parameters can be set depending on the wish of the user.

In Altami Studio, beginning from 3.2.0, there exist the following settings for Canon EOS cameras:

1. Exposition settings


Canon EOS: Exposition settings


  • Bulb — capture with manual exposure (available only in Manual Exposure (M) and by the shutter speed set in Manual exposure value).
  • Shooting Mode — mode for camera control (is set on the camera with the help of the little wheel).

Basic capture modes:
Full auto — fully automatic capture;

Portrait — attention is drawn to the captured person, and the background is washed out;

Landscape — for taking photos of landscapes, that means, focusing on close and far objects is provided;

Close-up — for making close-up photos of small objects;

Sports — capture of moving objects;

Night portrait — for capturing objects at night;

Flash off — for capturing with the switched off flash.

Additional capture modes (by given modes the exposition exposition cannot be set in a volume more than 1/200):
Program (P) — automatic exposition (setting exposition of the shutter and the diaphragm;

Shutter-priority (Tv) — capturing of dynamics subjects or automatic exposure with priority of exposure;

Aperture-priority (Av) — capture with changing of depth of field or automatic exposure with diaphragm priority;

Manual exposure (M) — manual setting of exposure;

Automatic depth-of-field (A-dep) — automatic exposure with depth of field control (simultaneous focusing on close and far objects).

  • Aperture-priority — parameter for choosing the optimum value of diaphragm.
  • Shutter-priority — time interval in course of which the camera shutter is opened for receiving the frame (exposing the frame), that means, light sensitive photo material is exposed to the continuous impact of light.
  • ISO — value of light sensitiveness. It is necessary to increase ISO by capturing with low exposure values (high shutter speed) or if you wish to decrease the risk of blurring the image by shaking of the camera.

100/200 — for capturing by bright light and outdoors;

400/800 — by cloudy weather in the evening;

1600 — in poorly lit room and at night.
NOTE: By work with images of microobjects, capturing of objects and making photos for receiving identification images please choose minimum value of ISO ( usually 100 or Auto).

  • Exposure compensation — for receiving lighter (increase) or darker (decrease of exposure) image.
  • Metering mode — it is the way to measure brightness of the object. Often it is recommended to use evaluative metering (for example, for portrait capturing) — automatic setting of exposition in accordance with the captured scene. It is also possible to choose partial metering (in cases when background is brighter than the captured objects) or center-weighted average metering (averaging of the values of the scene brightness weighted with respect to the center of the object finder) modes.

Canon EOS: Metering Mode

2. White balance settings

White Balance Mode — settings defines how at the received from camera images the colours shall be presented. Often colour range of the image broadcast by camera differs from the received by the human eye. Differences are explained by peculiarities of the human eyesight.
White balance mode defines the colour temperature of capturing in kelvins.
 Canon EOS: white balance mode

3. Image Properties

Image settings on Canon EOS

  • Image Quality — parameter which defines the quality of the image and the amount of its pixels.

High quality of the image (10 m pixels) have the formats Large Fine JPEG and Large Normal JPEG (differ by the rate of compaction); average (5.3 m) — Middle Fine JPEG and Middle Normal JPEG; low (2.5 m) — Small Fine JPEG and Small Fine JPEG. High quality of the image (10 m pixels), yet, the great size of the file is provided by the formats RAW and RAW+Large Fine JPEG.

Canon EOS image quality

  • Picture Style Description:

Contrast — it is necessary to choose the contrast on the basis of visual assessment of the image quality (decrease the parameter values in order to decrease image contrast, and vice versa);

Sharpness — in order to decrease the clearness of the image it is necessary to decrease the parameter value, in order to increase — raise the parameter value;

Saturation — in order to decrease the image brightness it is necessary to move the slider to the left, to decreasing the parameter value, and to the right — for increasing;

Color Tone — parameter for setting reflection of corporal colours (redder hues by decreasing the parameter value, yellower hues – by increasing).

Monochrome Filter Effect — in order to select specific objects (sky, clouds, trees, etc). This setting is available only in Monochrome image style.
Canon EOS: Filter Effect
Monochrome Tone — in order to create monochrome image of the respective hue. This setting is available only in the Monochrome image style
Canon EOS: Monochrome Tone
Color space — range of reproduced colours. Often it is recommended to use sRGB, Adobe RGB is used for commercial printing.
Canon EOS: Color space

4. Capture settings

Image capture can be defined as from the 2 second (timer of automatic launch is set as 2 seconds) or from 10-second delay (timer of automatic launch is set as 10 seconds), or Continuous Shooting with 10-second delay. Also, Single Frame is possible.
Canon EOS: Capture settings
Default button sets all camera settings as standard.
Between the launches, the application saves the settings in the system. That means, upon finishing the work, the application saves all its settings and remembers the camera with which it has worked. By the next launch the application looks for the camera with which it worked the previous time. If it finds it, than it launches and shows stream from it.
All parameters taking the whole values are changed by means of dragging the slider or setting forth the value from keyboard.