Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Memories, part of iPhone and iPad Photography with iOS 10.
- In iOS 10, there's a new feature called Memories that automatically creates albums and slideshows of your photos based on when and where they were taken and sometimes by the content in the images. These photo memories are an interesting way to re-experience some of your images. You can also create memories from specific groups of photos that you choose, and there's even some basic editing that be applied to the slide shows in terms of what images are used, the style of the titles, and the music for the soundtrack. Let's take a stroll down memory lane and check it out.
I'm going to go in the Photos app, and the Memories button is this little play button with a backwards arrow. I'll tap into that to go into Memories. Now, memories are automatically created, and new ones appear all the time. For instance, this memory here at the top of a trip to Aspen, Colorado was not here yesterday. I just saw it when I opened the phone up this morning. Now, I don't really need this one, so there's a couple ways I could delete a memory. One, is I could tap on it to open it up and then scroll down to the bottom, and there's an option to delete the memory there.
Or, if you have a phone with 3D Touch, you can do a hard press on that, swipe up, and you can choose to delete the memory right there. Now, this is an action that cannot be undone. That's okay, I'm just going to get rid of that one. Some memories are based on a time and a place, such as that Aspen trip that I just deleted, while others may be collections of specific images of a person or even a general category of photos, such as this memory called In Nature. This latter type of automatic grouping is made possible by the new image content recognition in iOS 10.
There are even a Best Of collection, such as Best of the Year or Best of the Last Three Months. Images in the Best Of groupings are all ones that have been tagged as favorites. The images are shown in the summary view, kind of like a little mosaic with thumbnails of different sizes, but if you want to see all of them you can just tap Show All to see a more conventional thumbnail grid. Just going to set that one back to summary and tap the Back button. If you want to create a memory based on a group of images that you select, you can either use an existing album of photos or create a new album.
I already have an album of black and white travel photos that I want to use for that, so I'm going to go over to my albums view, and I'll go and find that. Here it is. It's called Scenes from the Road. To get an album of existing images into a state where you can turn it into a memory, you want to tap on the date range that shows up here at the top of the thumbnail grid. I'm going to tap on the slideshow just so I can get in a take a look at it, and then once it starts (mellow music) I'll tap again and pause it.
First, I want to choose a different type style for the titles. You can see that down here there are a range of styles available, Dreamy, Sentimental, Gentle, Uplifting, Epic, whatever. I think Epic looks pretty good for a road trip. I'll leave it set to that. Depending on the number of images in the album, or in an automatically created memory, you can choose long, short, or medium for the length. Now, right now I only have short and medium as my choices here, probably because I don't have enough images in this memory to create a long slideshow.
So, right now what I'm going to do is I'm just going to quickly scrub through the film strip down here so I can get an idea of how it's putting these images together and what some of the transitions are. So, you can see here it's using two images side by side. That actually works pretty well, because it's from the same trip there. Alright, so that looks pretty good, but I want to do some additional editing. So, I'm going to tap the Edit button down here, and it tells me that in order to edit it I actually need to add it into Memories.
Right now, it's still an album. This is almost just a little bit of preview of what it might look like as a memory. So, I will choose to add that to the memories, and then it's going to give me some additional editing choices here. So, now I can edit the title if I want, the music, the duration, and also the number of photos and videos that are in the slideshow. Let's start off with the title. Let me go in and change that. Now, all I'm going to do is get rid of the date down here. I just want it to say Scenes from the Road, so we'll get rid of that and choose Done.
And once again here I can choose a different type style if I want to. Ah, that one looks pretty good. Tap the Back button here. Next, I can go in and choose to edit the music. Now, I can either have no music at all, I can choose from soundtracks that the Memories feature supplies, or, if I tap on My Music, it'll take me out to my iTunes library. I'm just going to cancel that there. I'm going to go into the Soundtracks, and these are divided up into kind of different genres of music, Uplifting, Epic, Club, Extreme, etc.
Let me just come here and choose that one. (uplifting music) Alright, that looks pretty good. Now, some of these are already part of the Memories feature and other ones that have the cloud icon you'll have to download, but they download pretty quick. I'll tap the Back button to go back there and tap Back once again. For the Duration here, I don't want this to be too long, so I'm going to make this a lot shorter, maybe about 30 seconds or so.
There we go. Now, the other thing you can do is you can edit the photos and videos that appear in the slideshow. This last option is particularly useful when you're editing a memory that iOS has created for you. So, let me go in there and see what I've got. So, I have a little film strip down here, and I can scrub through and see each of the images that are part of this memory, here. To delete a image from the slideshow, just tap on the trash can while the image is visible up here, and, to add it, tap the plus button.
So, this takes me out and initially it's showing me all of the images that were originally part of this memory as I created it. So, I can see there's some here that haven't been used. I think I want to add this one, here. That one's pretty cool. And let's add Chicken Dinner Road. That looks good. Tap Done. And so now I can see that those have been added there into the slideshow. Alright, so for now what I'm going to do is I'm going to tap the Back button, and I'm going to tap Done.
So, I want to show you something kind of interesting here. I'm going to back into the editing function, here, and I'll tap the Edit button, and I'm going to choose to edit the Photos & Videos again. So, when you go in to add new images a second time, it's going to show you all of the images that are taken on the same dates as the ones that are used in the slideshow. So, if I tap the plus button here, you can see that it is giving me all of the photos that were taken on the same date as an image that was in the slideshow.
So, obviously this is going to be a lot more complicated to go and try to find images, but it sort of makes sense, because it's likely that if you're using one image from a specific trip, you might want to use another image as well. I'm just going to tap Done there, and then I'll tap the Back button, and then I'll tap Done right here. The photos are shown in chronological order based on the timestamp in the file, the date that the picture was taken, and there's really no way to change this. Alright, so once you're happy with your slideshow, you can tap on the Export button and you can share it out to the usual social media platforms out on the web.
Or, down here on this lower option here you can choose to save a video to your Camera Roll. I'm going to tap Cancel here. Or, you can just preview it right here in the Memories app, here. I'm going to rotate that so we can see it, and let's just take a look at this. (upbeat music) So, Memories are a really fun way to present some of the best photos from a trip or an event and easily share them in a slideshow format.
The automatic memories that iOS 10 creates can sometimes be a welcome surprise, reminding you of the photos that you may have forgotten were on your Camera Roll.
- Shooting panorama photos
- Creating slow-motion videos
- Taking time-lapse videos
- Capturing RAW photos
- Working with editing extensions
- Previewing and trimming videos
- Sharing photos with the Photos app
- Using facial and content recognition
- Transferring photos to and from your device