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Now, let's look at how to view and edit the photos stored on your iOS device. Again, photos can be moved to your device by syncing it through iTunes, which we looked at how to do in Chapter 3. Or you can shoot photos directly with your built-in camera, as we saw in a previous movie. And, you can also save photos you receive via email on your device, or by saving them from webpages, as we'll see in later chapters. But in this movie, we're going to look at how to view your photos once they're stored on your device. All of your photos are found by tapping Photos. Photos can be viewed using the three categories at the bottom of the screen.
Now, if are you used to the previous version of the photos app. You might want to start by tapping Albums. This area is going to give you the layout and organization most similar to the pre iOS 7 versions of photos. The first item here is Camera Roll. This album contains all the photos that you've shot with your device's camera, or that you've saved from email messages or websites. Basically, the Camera Roll saves all the images that were created or stored from your device itself and didn't arrive here by syncing with your computer. If you've never synced your photos with your computer, your Camera Roll may be the only album you find here.
If you've enabled iCloud syncing for photos, you'll also find an album here called My Photo Stream. Your photo stream is an iCloud service that automatically takes the photos you shoot and save on your device, and uploads them to your account where they can be automatically downloaded onto your other devices. Or onto your Mac running iPhoto. Or on a Windows machine that has the iCloud control panel installed. You turn this on and off under settings iCloud > Photos, and here turn My Photo Stream on or off. Your iOS devices keep a rolling stream of the most recent 1000 photos you've taken.
Any videos you've shot with your device appear on the main camera, but also appear in video album, where they'll be a easier to find than when they were scattered in between the still photos in your camera roll. And if you have synced your photos from your computer you'll also find any albums you have copied over here as well, including any automatically generated albums like events and faces from iPhoto. The Share button displays any shared photo streams you created or joined. We'll talk about shared photo streams in their own upcoming movie. And the third category at the bottom of the screen is Photos. Here, you'll find your photos organized into timelines that could be viewed as years, collections and moments.
These include both the photos you shot with your device and the one you synced over from iTunes. I'll tap Collections and then Years. And this is the broadest view of all of your pictures. Here you can scroll up and down to see tiny thumbnails of your photos in each year. In fact, if you tap the year you can see a map displaying the locations of where the photos were shot. Tapping a collection of photos here, displays all the photos that were taken in that location. What's really cool here, is that you can slide your finger around on the thumbnails to quickly browse through your photos. When you find the one your want to see, release your finger to view it. I'll talk more about looking at your photos in a moment but, for now, I'll tap Moments > Collections > Years again.
Okay, so Years gives you the broad scope of your photos. Tapping any of these years zooms you into that year and the photos found there are organized into Collections. Collections are organized basically by time and place. As you scroll through, you'll see headings containing the cities or countries the photos were taken in, as well as the date ranges during when they were shot. You can magnify the thumbnails with your fingers here as well. Again tapping a collection's heading shows you a map of the photos locations. Tapping a collection takes you further into those photos and now they are organized into moments.
Moments are like collections but here the photos are organized into specific dates and locations. This is a useful view if you're trying to find a photo you took on a specific date. If you took several photos on the same date at different locations, you'll find them all organized into their own moments based on location. Now again to view any photo at full size, just tap as thumbnail. Now I currently have my phone in portrait orientation, and this is a landscape photo. So I have a lot of unused space above and below it. To view the photo at a larger size, I just rotate my iPhone. If you want to hide the buttons and controls at the top and bottom of the screen just single-tap the screen.
Single taps show and hide the controls when you're viewing photos. Browse through the photos in the album by flicking left and right. To get a better look at a photo you can zoom in on it either by double tapping it to zoom, and then double tapping to zoom out again. Or by pinching out and pinching in. Now, while you're zoomed in, you can also drag the photo around to look at different areas of it. Note that while you're zoomed into a photo you can't flick to the next or previous photos as easily as when you're zoomed all the way out. You either need to flick harder or drag the image to the side to reveal the next image, which appears at its default size and not zoomed in. At the bottom of the screen you'll find the share and trash buttons.
The trash button is used for deleting a photo, and we've seen the share button before. It offers you several ways to share the selected photo or photos with others. Internet-related options appear on the top row, and things you can do with this photo on your device appear below. For example, if you're showing your photos to someone next to you, you could start a slideshow. If you have any AirPlay devices like an Apple TV nearby, you could choose to display your slideshow over AirPlay. Otherwise you can just display them on your device. Below that, you can choose what kind of transition effect you'd like to see between photos. You have five choices. We'll leave this as dissolve. You can also choose to play any music you have stored on your device as the soundtrack for your slideshow.
Let's leave music off for now and tap Start Slideshow. So, this is a nice way to show your photos to someone else without having to flick through them all manually. Notice the nice cross-dissolve transition, with each photo fading out as the other one fades in. And, you can also stop the slideshow on a picture by tapping, which you might want to do to let your friend take a longer look at it, or if you want to explain how or where the photo was shot. During the slideshow, you can rotate the phone as necessary to accommodate portrait and landscape photos. Resume the slideshow by tapping the Share button again. Now you can also control how your slideshow plays your photos to some extent.
Let's press the Home button to close photos for the moment. And then go to Settings > Photos & Camera. Here under slideshow, you can determine how long you want each photo to be on screen. You can select 2, 3, 5, 10, or 20 Seconds. I would generally recommend sticking with two or three seconds for each photo. It doesn't sound like a lot, but it's actually a decent amount of time to view most photos, especially if you have a lot of photos in your album to get through. The other two options are Repeat and Shuffle, which are simple on off choices. When on, Repeat starts your slide show over from the beginning when it reaches the end, which might be useful if you have your IPhone, IPad or IPod Touch connected to a tv where you're displaying photos in sort of a kiosk mode setting.
And Shuffle displays the photos in your album in a random order. We'll just leave both of those off for now. And let's go back to the photo library. The last thing I'd like to show you here is that you can also perform basic edits to your photos directly here in the photos app. Start by tapping the photo you want to edit. Then tap the Edit button. That gives you a handful of tools at the bottom of the screen. The first tool is the rotate button. And that's useful if you have a photo that's rotated in the wrong orientation. Sometimes when you take pictures with your device, it doesn't register the rotation properly and you end up with a sideways picture. All you have to do in that case is tap the rotate button until the picture is right side up. Next is the Enhance button.
This is an automatic enhancement feature that has no settings. It simply examines your photo and does its best to adjust the brightness, contrast, exposure, and other settings to make the photo pop a little bit more. Just tap the Enhance button, and in a second you should see a change to your image. You could tap the Enhance button again to remove the effect or to toggle between the original and enhanced version. If you like what you see, tap Save. Now, if you're editing an image you shot with your device, when you tap Save you're going to save over your original image. So make sure the edits you've made are really what you want. But if you're editing a photo in an album you imported from your computer, you'll be able to save a copy of the image to your camera.
That way you don't change the original photo and you can always go back to it if you want. But just be aware that saving an edited photo from your camera changes the original image. Next we have the filters button. These are the same effects you can apply live when shooting with the camera app. Tapping effect to sample it, and if you like it tap Apply. Let's open another photo and check out the last two editing tools. The next tool is the Red Eye tool. This is useful for getting rid of those red demon eyes that are often caused by using the flash when shooting photos in dark environments. Start by zooming in on the eyes you want to correct. Then tap the Red Eye tool.
Now just tap each eye, and they'll be automatically corrected. You can also tap the eyes again to undo the effect, if the fix doesn't look great to you. Or, fix one eye and not the other for an extra weird look. Also, the Enhance button will automatically removed red eye as part of its enhancements. The last tool is the Crop tool, and, as its name implies, this is for cropping your photos down. Selecting it puts a grid on your photo, and you can drag any corner to resize the grid to any proportion. The area of the photo inside the grid, is the area that will remain once you finish your crop. You also have the option of tapping Aspect to keep your grid constrained into specific proportions.
Maybe in this case, I want to make my photo a perfect square. I just get the crop grid to the approximate size I want, and then constrain it to a square. When I'm happy with the way it looks, I tap Crop, and again I can tap Save. And that's how to work with photos in the Photos app of your iOS device.
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