Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Live Photos: Motion effects, part of iPhone and iPad Photography with iOS 12.
- [Instructor] In addition to trimming and setting a key photo, there are also some motion effects that can be applied to live photos that can transform them in interesting ways. Let's check it out. So, I have an album of some live photo candidates here that we can play with, and the best thing about the motion effects is just how easy they are to apply. Let's start with this image here of this caterpillar. So I tweaked it's antennae to get it to bobble its head about a little bit.
And I've already cropped this to a square. To apply the motion effect just swipe up on the image, and immediately below it you will see the range of motion effects that you can apply. So we have a loop, we have a bounce, and we have a long exposure. Let's just try a loop for this one, which is what I had in mind when I shot this. So we just have this infinite loop of the caterpillar bobbing its head around. Now an interesting thing about this is that when you apply the loop or the bounce effect, it is going to create an animated GIF from this and it will save it to the animated album.
That's another album that we have out here. If I come out to the main album view, and down at the bottom you can see there is an animated album there. Another interesting thing about this is that it actually creates a smaller file format from this. So if I tap on the share or export button, I'm going to open up an app that I've installed on my iPhone called View Exif, which allows me to see Exif information that's a little bit more detailed than what Apple allows me to see.
And you can see here for the dimensions of this file that it's only 640 by 640, so it's designed to be a very small web-sharable size. Alright, let me cancel that. Let's go and explore some other options here. Let's go and look at a bounce. So this is a live photo of just the wind blowing through a tree in my backyard. Again, I'll swipe up on that, and let's apply a bounce to that.
And so this is just going to bounce back and forth forever and ever and ever. Again, it's going to save that out as a animated GIF format. Let's try the bounce on one more here. This is this one we looked at earlier when we've talked about editing the animated or the live photos. And that's just going to bounce back and forth like that. That's pretty fun. And finally let's explore the long exposure.
Again I'll swipe up on that. And the loop actually would work pretty good for this here because it would just give us this infinite looping effect of the fountain. But I want to set this to long exposure. And look at that, that creates a really nice effect. Finally, let me just pass on one little piece of advice. Let's look at this one here, the tide pool. Sometimes, depending on the motion in the live photo, it may be advantageous to actually trim the live photos.
So if I wanted to go into loop here on this, it looks like it's a little bit more turbulent in the water at the beginning than at the end, so what I could do. Let me just set this back to live. I could come to edit, and then I could figure out where that motion in the water seems to be the most objectionable in terms of how turbulent it is. And I could then trim this.
So let me just trim this in a bit like that, and apply that. And then when I came in and swiped up on this, and let me set that to loop, I get a result that's a little bit more smooth in terms of the transition between the more turbulent movement of the water and the stiller movement of the water. And let me just tap the back button and come out to the albums here, and come down to our media types, just to point out that the long exposure effects are going to be placed in their own album.
And again, the animated effects are going to be placed in their own album as well. Live photos are pretty cool for certain types of subjects, but the motion effects make it even easier to create interesting results from these images.
- Shooting panorama photos
- Creating slow-motion videos
- Taking time-lapse videos
- Organizing photos
- Image editing with the Photos app
- Trimming videos
- Sharing photos
- Transferring photos to and from your device