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New features made available to users of iOS 5 is the ability to perform basic photo editing ...
New features made available to users of iOS 5 is the ability to perform basic photo editing processes which include Rotate, Enhance, Red-Eye, and Crop directly within your camera roll.
Simply navigate to your Camera Roll from within the Camera app or enter via the Photos app.
You will then notice in the top right hand corner there is a button which says ‘Edit’. Simply tap this and you will be presented with the below options at the bottom of the screen.
In this example I will be using the iPad but the iPhone version operates the same way. The only difference is no text accompanies the editing options in the iPhone edition.
Rotate will simply change the orientation of your photograph in a anti-clockwise direction.
Enhance will perform a digital enhancement to your photograph. Please take care with this option as sometimes the result can damage the photograph.
Red-Eye allows you to select a persons eye in the photograph which has been effected by the flash and appears red. By taping on the eye the red-eye reduction process will commence. As with enhance this sometimes has mixed results.
Crop will allow users to either manually drag a selection window to the desired size or select a preset constraint which allows scaling of the crop area to be original, square, 3 x 2, 3 x 5, 4 x 3, 4 x 6, 5 x 7, 8 x 10, or 16 x 9.
At all times throughout these processes you have the option to Undo, Revert to Original or proceed with saving, applying, or cropping.
When done with your editing simply press the ‘Save’ button. There is also the option to Cancel if you wish to not make the change.
One of the best things about this editing process is it is non destructive. Even after you have saved several changes you can still tap on ‘Revert To Original’ and your original photography will be presented thereby cancelling all other saved changes or enhancements.
One of the interesting new features to accompany iCloud and iOS 5 is the ability for all your photographs to be streamed to the cloud and then sent to all your devices for up to 30 days. The only other limit to the service is it will store only the last 1000 photographs in the stream.
Since it’s inception many people have asked how do I delete a photo I don’t want to be shown from Photo Stream. The current answer is you are unable to do this at the present time unless you are prepared to turn the service off or reset your stream via the following method.
Using your web browser navigate to iCloud.com and enter your username and password. You will then be presented with the following window:
Click on your username as highlighted in the above image. Doing so will load your account details. You will notice midway in this window that you have an “Advanced” button. Simply click and the following window will be presented:
Simply click ‘Reset Photo Stream’ and all your photographs currently in the stream will be removed from the iCloud service.
Please note performing this function will not remove photographs from your devices or your computer.
I would advise before resetting the stream that you delete any photographs on your devices that you don’t wish to have shown again. Otherwise, they may inadvertently appear.
Please remember you can also disable Photo Stream on a single device thereby preventing any photographs on select devices from being uploaded to the Photo Stream.
The For iPhone Lens for the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 comes with a tripod, a holder, a case, and large zoom lens that can take your photos all up close and personal.
Assembly is easy and the results are good. It’s not priced in the thousands like Nikon or Canon lenses, so set your expectations according, but it does exactly what it claims — adds an 8x optical zoom to your iPhone photography.
I tried it out on both an iPhone 4 and and iPhone 4S. Both take good photos and the iPhone 4S takes great photos for a phone, but the built in digital zoom is… really not great. So, my primary concern here was for something affordable that handled optical zoom but otherwise got out of the way and let the iPhone camera do the heavy lifting. And that’s what I got.
If you don’t want to lug around a DSLR or even a pocket camera, but still want something to help you take pictures of your kids soccer game, your favorite band in concert, your special someone accepting an award, wild life on your nature walk, or anything else you need to get a closer look at but just can’t get closer to, the For iPhone Lens is definitely something to consider.
Improve iPad Picture Frame with a Custom Photo Album
Picture Frame is a great feature of iOS on iPad that turns the device into a rotating gallery of images. The iPad Picture Frame app defaults to flipping through all images contained in the Photos camera roll album, but you can improve the experience by creating a custom photo album and setting that as the only source for the gallery, here’s how:
Tap on “Photos” to open the photos app, then tap on the “Albums” tab
Tap “Edit” and then tap “New Album”, naming it something like “Picture frame”
Now go back to the iPad home screen and open “Settings”
Tap on “Picture Frame” and select “Albums”, then tap on “Camera Roll” to unselect that, and tap on the newly created “Picture frame” album
Exit out of Settings and return to the lock screen, tap on the flower icon to start Picture Frame with the new gallery
Now Picture Frame won’t bore viewers with screenshots and embarrass you with bad pictures from the Photo Booth app.
Install iPhoto For iOS Onto Unsupported Devices [Video How-To]
When Apple announced iPhoto for iOS at the recent iPad keynote, they specifically made it incompatible with both the first generation iPad as well as the fourth generation iPod touch. In reality, iPhoto can run smoothly on both of these devices with just a little workaround. In this video, I’ll show you the trick to getting iPhoto running on your unsupported device.
Pro filters now free in latest Filter Mania update
Dropico has updated its Filter Mania photo filters app, making all Pro filters available for free in the latest version in celebration of the upcoming release of its next major update, Filtermania 2. Filter Mania provides an advanced collection of photo filters and allows users to combine multiple filters to create their own unique effects. Users can capture camera images directly in the app or choose existing images from the camera roll and share their creations via Instagram. The app includes twelve professional filters with more available to download and as of version 1.6 all Pro filters are available at no additional charge. The update also introduces 20 new free FilterMania 2 pre-launch filters that users can also download for a sneak preview of what’s coming in the next version. Filter Mania is available from the App Store as a free download.
Snapseed Update Makes Pictures Prettier With Retina Graphics And Instagram Support
There are few photo editing apps on for the iPad that are as versitle and easy to use as Snapseed while also giving users some great tools to make photos look better. It’s the best photo editting app on the iPad, but earlier today Snapseed released a new update for the app that makes it even better. The biggest new features in Snapseed 1.4 include a boost up to retina display graphics on the iPad and the ability to open photos directly into Instagram. Several of Snapseed’s popular filters have been updated as well which blow Instagram’s weak filters away. The Black & White filter has been updated with new conversion algorithms and color filters for even higher quality results. The Center Focus filter now has an added feature to control brightness at the center and at the edges of an image so you can manipulate your iPhone and iPad pics so that they look like they were taken with a high quality DSLR lens.
Snapseed 1.4 is available for download right. Currently priced at only $4.99, if you haven’t tried Snapseed yet you should head over to iTunes and dive in.
How to Beam Photos Between iOS Devices Using iPhoto
iPhoto for iOS has a great feature that lets you wirelessly beam pictures from one iOS device to another, this means that if you’re editing a photo on an iPad you can immediately send it over to an iPhone and vice versa, without ever leaving the app.
Launch iPhoto on both iOS devices
Tap the gear icon in the lower right corner and tap to turn on Wireless Beaming
Now tap the photo or picture album that you want to beam, tap the arrow icon at the top of the screen, and choose “Beam”
Confirm the pictures to wirelessly beam, then tap the recipient iOS device and tap “Beam Photos”
From the receiving iOS device, tap “Yes” to start receiving the beamed photos
You will need Location Services enabled to use beaming with iPhoto, this is usually on by default but can be turned on quickly through general iOS Settings > Location Services.
iPhoto isn’t the only way to move pictures between iOS devices though, with iCloud enabled and Photo Stream, pictures taken on one device will appear automatically on each device using the same iCloud account, and pictures can also be sent through iMessage or a group of photos can be sent with email. The latter two options also work to send pictures between iOS and OS X, though preferably a future version of iPhoto for Mac will include the same beam option.
If you don’t have it, iPhoto is $5 on the App Store and comes as a universal app, meaning the same version will run on all compatible iOS devices.
How to Use Focus & Exposure Lock with the iPhone Camera
You probably know that tapping once on the screen within the Camera app will cause the iPhone to automatically focus and adjust exposure to that region, but if you’re trying to take a picture with challenging lighting or depth conditions the auto adjustments are not always ideal. Instead, use focus and exposure lock to get the exact lighting and focus you want out of a picture:
Open the Camera app as usual and aim it at whatever you want to take a picture of
Tap and hold on the region of the screen where you want focus and exposure to be locked onto
When “AE/EF Lock” appears on the bottom of the screen, the focus and lighting lock is set
You can take a picture right away, but once the lock is set you are free to move the camera around and the lighting and depth settings will stay the same. Tap elsewhere on the screen again at any time to release the AE/EF lock.
The end result of how pictures turn out can be dramatic, especially in situations where lighting matters. In the example picture up top, the left side shot is how the iPhone wanted to automatically set the lighting, and the right side shows the result of locking onto the lightbulb.
Auto-focus and auto-exposure can be stacked with zoom, and it should work on the newest iPad and iPod touch camera too.