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Over the Christmas break, I finally got around to sorting out a pile of old family photos - photos that I wanted to scan and save as digital versions and then share with the rest of my family.
So, I thought ...
Wouldn't it be great if you could just point your iPhone at a set of old photos and have them scanned, cropped, clarified and saved to your Photos app?
Even better, wouldn't it be great if you could also put the information written on the back of the photo onto this digital photo, so that you don't lose that information?
And, even better again, wouldn't it lovely if those photos then appeared in your Photos timeline in the correct year/month, so that you could easily find them again.
If you have an iPhone 6S or newer, you have a wonderful feature in the Camera App - the ability to take 'Live' photos.
A 'Live' photo is actually a short video, and one of the 'frames' from that video is automatically chosen as the 'Key Photo' that is shown when you view the photo. Touching and holding on the Photo in the Photos app will play the short video.
Don't you hate that you normally have to choose between photographing and videoing something - eg the family singing happy birthday or a baby taking first steps?
Well, did you know that you can take photos while you are videoing on your iPhone or iPad?
Here is a handy hint recorded a while back, showing you how easy this is to do.
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Now, I know this one might be a bit too obvious. But it's amazing how often I forget to do it and miss out on getting the best photo I can.
Because we are constantly handling our iPhones (or other smartphones), it is so easy to end up with dust, dirt or fingerprints all over the camera lens.
Each of the photos shown in this article suffers from the effects of the lens being dirty. Sometimes, there is no opportunity to re-take them! Especially when the sun or lights are involved, the result can be a very 'washed out' photo.
Just give the camera lens a quick, gentle clean with a lens/screen cleaning cloth to remove any dirt, dust or fingerprints. You'll be amazed at the difference it will make to your photos.
18/4/2017 0 Comments
Having recently scanned some old photos so that you have a digital copy, I found myself frustrated by the fact that they appear in your Photos app's timeline on the date they were scanned - not on the date that they were originally taken.
Luckily, there is an easy way of resolving this.
The Photos app on the Mac has a feature that allows you to easily change the date and time (or the location) of a photo, so that the Years, Collections, Moments timeline view of your scanned photos will be more meaningful. It is also possible to adjust this photo information on an iPhone and iPad.
The below image shows my own Photos library, reflecting some old photos that were taken in the late 50's and early 60's - after I have changed the dates of the photos that previously showed a 'date taken' of 2017.
If you would like to find out how this can be achieved, why not attend the 'Photos App on the Mac' classes at iTandCoffee in Glen Iris (Melbourne)
This class topic is run every 1-2 months, with the next classes scheduled for Monday May 1 and 8 2016, at 1-3pm.
A couple of places are still available for that class series, and for the next classes in July.
Find out more or book here ››
iTandCoffee Club members can find out about features like this any time - no need to come to a class. Here are the links to the members-only handy hints that cover this topic:
Not yet a member of the iTandCoffee Club? Find out more about the Club here ››
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