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.

Quick Tip for Open House: How to loop your photos on the iPad

You probably already know how to do this, but just in case. If you want to create a looping slideshow of your students’ amazing work, it is as simple as:

1. Go to settings–>Photos & Camera–>Make sure the Repeat option under Slideshow is green:

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2. Then go to your Photos app. You can create a special album by going to your camera roll and tapping on select in the upper right hand corner:

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3. Select your photos and tap the “Add to” option on the upper tool bar:

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4. Choose New album and name it:

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4. Go to albums, then tap on the album you want to show and select slideshow! It should loop for as long as you want.

NOTE: I would also make sure that you make sure that your iPad is not set to go to sleep after a couple of minutes. Go to settings–> General–>Auto-lock and set to Never:

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