Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video New and changed photo features in iOS 11, part of iPhone and iPad Photography for iOS 11.
- [Instructor] The new features related to photography in iOS 11 are not really earth shattering, but they do represent some very practical updates or new capabilities that photographers will appreciate. The first up is Apple's adoption of the High Efficiency Image Formats, HEIF, or heef, for still images, and HEVC for video. Although for the moment this change is under the hood and is operating transparently on the background, this is arguably the most significant change to iOS and the way that the iPhone works in terms of how it captures photos and video.
Because the iPhone is one of the most popular cameras in the world, this change has the potential to shift the photo and tech industry away from the JPEG format. The new portrait lighting effects in the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 10 is probably the most striking and interesting new feature, and certainly the one with the most wow factor. It represents a move forward in using computational photography to change how we make images. Though it's still classified as a public beta feature, like the portrait mode in which it works, it will only get better in the future.
And speaking of portrait mode, that mode has received an upgrade in iOS 11. It's been spiffed up with HDR compatibility, flash functionality, and optical image stabilization. There's new editing and motion effects for live photos. Now you can trim the start and end points of a live photo, set a key photo that will display in the thumbnail view, and turn the sound off. You can also add new motion effects to your live photos including loop, bounce, and long exposure.
We go into this in more detail later in the course. There are now nine filters that can be applied either live as you're photographing or after the fact when editing an image. Some of these have the same names, while many have different names, and all of them have slightly different effects. You also access them in a different way. See the chapter on using the camera app for more details. This next change is nothing too exciting, but it makes a lot of sense. If you go into the settings and then scroll down to the camera and photo setting, you'll see that each now has it's own section.
In iOS 10 and earlier they were together. So in the photo section, we have options that allow us to control Siri and search. We can turn our iCloud photo library. We can optimize iPhone storage and download and keep originals that pertains to iCloud Photo Library, turn on Photo Stream, iCloud Photo Sharing, control cellular data use, summarize the photos, show holiday events, and significantly down at the very bottom, transfer to Mac or PC.
These two settings govern how the new image format, the HEIF image format, is transferred to a computer. If you leave it on automatic, it will automatically transfer photos and videos in a compatible format, meaning converting them to JPEG or H.264 format, and if you choose keep originals, it will transfer the original file without checking for compatibility. For more on the HEIF image format, check out the movie on that later in the course. If we go and check the camera settings, we have an option to preserve the settings of our camera mode and our filter and live photos.
We have options covering grid and scanning QR codes, there's another new feature, as well as video Slo-mo and the file formats. You've been able to make screenshots of your phone screen for a long time. Now you can finally make a 1080p video recording of the screen. This will be really useful for teachers and anybody who just needs to show how you need to do something in an app, or record one of their image editing sessions. Let's take a quick look at this feature. So I'm going to go back into my settings, and I need to go to the settings for the control center.
There they are. And under customize controls, I need to make sure that screen recording is turned on. So that's normally down here under more controls. So if I tap the plus to add that, it'll make sure that that's in my control center. So let's go check that out. If I swipe up from the bottom of the phone, this little round dot is the screen recording. You know, every update to iOS usually includes one or two stealth features.
Nothing really exciting, but things that are really useful once you realize that they're there. And a stealth feature in this update is a hidden level for downward or skyward photos. So if you point the camera straight down, like you're photographing a drawing or a document, or straight up at the sky, if there's a cool cloud or an airplane directly overhead, you'll see a crosshair level appear in the center of the screen. When all is aligned perfectly, the crosshair looks normal. If things are a bit off, there's a ghosted version of the crosshair that doesn't quite line up.
Very handy. As mentioned earlier, you can now do QR code scanning, and you no longer need a special app to do this. Just open up the camera app and point it at a QR code, and it will recognize it as such and scan it for you. You don't even have to have it aligned inside of a box in the center of the screen. There's a setting for this in the camera settings, and it's turned on by default. Another cool new feature is that you have access to instant markup for screenshots.
So I'm going to zoom up on this image here, and I'll take a screenshot by pressing the power button and the home button at the same time. There it is. It appears as a little thumbnail, and if you don't need it, you can just wait for it to disappear. But if you tap on it, you'll get access to instant markup. So ill take another screenshot. Tap on that, and now I have the ability to come in and crop the photo, or the screenshot. Maybe there's certain information on that screenshot I don't want to show, and I can get these markup tools.
Let's get a nice red color, and mark it up. I can tap done to save it to the camera roll or trash it, or I can tap the share or export button to immediately email it or text it to a friend or colleague. Check out the editing chapter in this course for more on using the markup tool. iOS 11 has a new files app. And while not strictly a photo feature, the new files app does provide another way that you can easily transfer files to iCloud Photo Drive, Dropbox, and Google Drive.
See the chapter on transferring and sharing images for more on working with this app. So that's a quick overview of some of the new features related to photography in iOS 11. I cover many of them in more detail throughout the course.
- Shooting panorama photos
- Creating slow-motion videos
- Taking time-lapse videos
- Organizing photos
- Image editing with the Photos app
- Previewing and trimming videos
- Sharing photos
- Transferring photos to and from your device