iOS8: Heart your Favourite Photos

Yep. I’m still perusing the new iOS8 tips, in an effort to get to know this finicky new operating system.

This is a tiny tip, but could be helpful in terms of quick selection. For instance, say you want to choose some images from student artwork for a slide show, all you would have to do is scroll through your photos, heart the images you would like to use and they will automatically go into a “Favourites” album.

Here are a few screenshots of the process:

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Simple, but could be handy?

iOS8: take a selfie with the timer!

I am so excited about this! Used to be, when we were on a family vacation, my husband would prop the camera on a rock or a ledge while we stood still so he could get us all in the frame then press the timer, and race and smile before the click came. It has been many years since all of our photo taking has been on the iPhone camera and we have not been able to inflict the family timed photo on our daughters. Until now! I am rubbing my hand in evil anticipation at all the eye rolling and sighs of impatience this will engender from my kids!

Just tap the little clock icon and choose from either 3 seconds or 10 seconds.


I was a little confused at first. You have to actually take the photo by pressing the button to trigger the timer. Yep. I was sitting there like an idiot, thinking all I had to do was set the timer. No, you actually have to start it too…Duh.

And then, once I finally figured that out, I was waiting to hear or see a countdown. There was none. It just counts down inside its head and then shoots, no warning. So I recommend counting in your head too so you are no caught unaware. Or freeze frame your face, either one…


I got tired of looking at myself, so took a photo of the library instead.

iOS8: Change the Brightness of a photo!

Okay. As a way of getting to know all the little tweaks in iOS8, I thought I would check out one feature a day. Did you know that when you take a photo now, you can change the brightness of a photo just by tapping on the image and sliding you finger up and down the sunshine bar?


Of course, it doesn’t make it a better photo…Sigh. Just tag this #nothingwillmakethisphotogood.

How to share a photo stream


I received this message earlier in the week and had no idea what it was:

Luckily I found  this site by Dom Esposito in my RSS feed.  His instructions are clear and concise and he gives you the option to either read the instructions or to watch a handy dandy video.

I know an art teacher who will be very happy tp see this new feature…Her students can use the iPad to take photos or do an art project then gather them all into one photostream and share with their teacher! So, so easy!

I tried it by taking a few screenshots on iLab 18 and sharing the photostream with myself:

Click edit and then select the photos you want to add to the photostream. The tap the share icon:

Then I emailed it to myself:

iLab 18 was feeling French today…

And voilà! It is in my camera roll!




How to Organize your Data on the iPad: Photos

Because organization is my middle name, yo.

Let us start with Photos. Did you know you can create albums with your camera roll (the app with the pretty sunflower on it)?

1. Tap Edit.

2. Select the photos you want to gather in an album by tapping the image:


3. Tap on “add to…” and select new album (or previously created album of which I have none):


4. Name your album (white album has already been taken)


5. And if you decide that your album is full of bad photos and should be all deleted now like me, just tap on edit, tap the photos you would like to remove and then tap on the big red REMOVE FROM ALBUM BUTTON:


And voilà the making and unmaking of a photo album on your iPad.

Remember- you can also sync selected photos from your iPhoto on your laptop or desktop to your iPad, either with a wire or through the cloud.

Here is what you have to check when syncing from your desktop:

Here is the settings you must select before doing it over the iCloud:

Just be careful- syncing via the iCloud eats up bandwidth like the Giant ate villages (what giant? I don’t know! How many giants who ate villages were there?)

You can also share them via dropbox:

I look cray cray…I think this one will be removed from album.

or email them to yourself. When you save the photo, it goes directly into your camera roll and then you can sort them into albums.

Tomorrow: folders on your home screen and in Pages!