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Dropbox is a wonderful app that allows you share your files between all your devices - mobile devices of any type, and computers (Mac or Windows)
When the Dropbox app is downloaded and installed on a computer or mobile device, one of the steps in the setup is to select whether Dropbox should upload your photos to your Dropbox storage.
Many people inadvertently turn on this import setting, and then find that they quickly get a message saying that their Dropbox is full and that they need to buy more storage.
While it can be handy to have Dropbox sync'ing all your photos (if that's what you want), many people prefer not to use up the free allocation with photos.
So how do you stop your computer and mobile device from putting your photos into Dropbox?
Step-by-step instructions are provided in two handy hints for iTandCoffee Club members - one for Dropbox on the iPad/iPhone, and the other for Dropbox on your computer (Mac or Windows).
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At the July Free Friday, during the information session on 'The Cloud' and 'iCloud', we touched on the topic of using iCloud to share albums of photos.
We didn't have a lot of time to cover this in any detail during this session, so this week we have included a couple of Handy Hints for club members - one for Mac, and one for iPad and iPhone - on how to use iCloud Shared Albums.
What is an "iCloud Shared Album"?
An iCloud Shared Album is an album that you create in the 'Shared' area of your Photos app on the Mac or iPad/iPhone.
This 'Shared' area is an area of your iCloud that you can choose to 'turn on'. If you don't see it, you may not have chosen to enable it.
Albums that are created in this area can be then shared with other iCloud users, or even with those who don't have iCloud.
The great benefit of iCloud Shared Albums is that, by just adding photos to a shared album, others you nominate will be able to see the photos - without you have to text, email or use other ways of 'messaging' the photos to them.
While there are other 'cloud storage' options for your photos, the benefit of iCloud Shared Albums is that it is integrated with your Photos app - so that you can see all photos in one app, instead of having to use different apps (as would be the case if you share photos using another cloud service).
Members can find out more about iCloud Photo Sharing by selecting the below buttons. Not yet a member of The iTandCoffee Club? Find out more here ».
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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.
When preparing a slideshow of photos last week, using the Photos app on the Mac, we were wanting to play a particular music track with that slideshow. This slideshow was just going to be shown to family as part of the celebration of the life of a loved one.
It seemed that this should be an easy thing to do. We had completed the selection of photos for the slideshow and it was time to add the finishing touch - the music, a beautiful song by Ed Sheeran.
Frustratingly, we found that when we tried choosing the iTunes track that we wanted to use, it was 'greyed' and not able to be selected.
I thought that because I had subscribed to Apple Music, I would be able to choose any track from my music library to use with my Photos slideshow. I thought all I needed to do was download the required track using iTunes, so that it was stored on my computer.
Unfortunately, this wasn't the case. Apple Music tracks are protected by DRM (digital rights management), and (apparently) can only be streamed using iTunes - they cannot be used in Photos slideshows.
I am not sure if this will change some time in future, but in the meantime we needed to find a way around this this limitation, as it was essential that we be able to play the chosen track with our slideshow.
Luckily, we found a solution.
My daughter had recently purchased the CD version of the artist's album, and we were able to import the track from the CD to iTunes as an MP3 track.
Magically, the track then became available for selection in the Photos app, and we were able to play that beautiful track with our beautiful slideshow.
If you would like to find out more about how we imported the music as MP3 or how we were able to select the song as backing for the Photos slideshow, why not come along to our "Photos on the Mac" class which will be running again soon.
Find out more about this class here ››
It's time to organise those student concession passes for public transport - here's an app for creating ID photos easily!
It's that time again - time to fill forms at the start of our kids' school year and, in some cases, time to organise those ID photos for things like the PT Victoria student concession MYKI's.
If you have had a passport photo done lately, you will know how expensive they are, especially if you need to get them for several members of our family.
In cases like the student concession forms, a do-it-yourself photo will suffice. The challenge is making the photo the right size, to suit the form on which it is to be stuck.
For the past 3 years, I have made use of a couple of really handy apps that make this so easy.
Here is the one that I used this year - it is called 'Passport Photo'.
If you have a favourite app for taking such photos, leave a comment below to let us know which one you prefer.
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Over the holiday break, I finally took some time to attempt to tidy up my Photos library, which is currently sitting at around 28,000 videos and photos.
When doing a clean out, the first area I look at is my Videos album - and get rid of anything that I don't need to keep.
But another area that can contain a large amount of wasted storage is the Bursts album - showing the sets of photos that were taken on your iPad or iPhone by holding down (instead of tapping) the white button in the Camera app.
By simply clearing out all the additional photos hidden by these bursts, I managed to claw back about 1GB of storage!
If you are not sure how to sort out all these hidden space wasters in Bursts, check out these members-only Handy Hints for iTandCoffee Club members:
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In past versions of iOS 10, it was very easy to save one or more images that were attached to an email.
You simply pressed the 'Reply/Forward' symbol, and chose the Save Image option. Here is how it used to look.
I had not noticed until this past week that this Save Image option no longer appears in the 'Reply/Forward' list of options.
So how do you now save photos that you receive in your Mail to your Photos?
Just touch and hold on the image in the body of then email until you see the 'Share' menu pop up.
In the list of options along the bottom, you will see 'Save Image'.
If there are (say) 3 images you will also see 'Save 3 Images'.
Tap either of these options to save your photo (or photos) to your Photos library on the iPad or iPhone.
You will find that the saved image/s will be in your Photos app, and will be the last photo/s in your Camera Roll album (or in your All Photos Album, if you have turned on iCloud Photo Library).
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I haven't had much time recently to have a close look at the new features of MacOS Sierra on my Mac, but one in particular really stood out to me when I was organising my photos.
It is a feature of the Photos app that allows you to search for 'things' in your photos. And the best thing is that is works in Photos on the iPhone and iPad too (in iOS 10).
I wanted to put together an Album of photos, one of photos of our cat and the other of our dog.
I found that I can now type dog into the search field to find all photos in my library that have a dog in them. Similarly, typing cat gives me all photos that have cats in them.
I found photos that I had so many forgotten photos existed in amongst my 30,000 photos!
I can look for animal, tree, water, house and all sorts of other 'things'.
Do you want to learn more about Photos on your iPad, iPhone or Mac?
For anyone who is interested in finding out more about the Photos app on the iPad, iPhone or Mac, we have some great classes coming up in November at iTandCoffee. Details of these classes can be found by selecting the below links.
Videos of these classes can be viewed on the iTandCoffee Website
For those who have already attended any of the above classes, a video of the class is be available on this website - to help you revise and refresh all the things you learned at the class/es.
If you are an iTandCoffee Club member, you can gain access to these videos FOR FREE - just email email@example.com to request your access.
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This question comes up very regularly from Mac users. If you have a set of photos that you wish to put onto a USB stick or external drive - or even just pull out of Photos and put into a folder on your Mac - how do you do this?
This week's Mac Handy Hint provides an easy-to-follow short video with step by step directions
This hint is for iTandCoffee Club members only.
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This questions comes from my Mum, who is trying to just use her iPad now (and keep the lid closed on the old, ready-to-die Windows laptop).
She had some photos that she needed to print, but the only option she seemed to have when printing from the iPad using the standard 'print' function from the Photos app on her iPad, was to print them as massive full-page (A4) photos.
(For those of you who had not realised that you can print from your iPad and iPhone, here is an article iTandCoffee published a while ago on this topic.
She actually just wanted to print several to a single page.
So, as I would normally do when asked this type of question, I Googled it. There is nearly always an app that will do what you need - the issue is finding it!
The app that found that I feel best caters for Mum's needs is one that I have previously mentioned in recently in this Blog.
It is called Moment Mix, and it allows you to create a collage of photos that you can save, send, share and print.
It is easy to use, and has a free version that has several multi-photo layouts that would generally satisfy her requirements.
The purchased version of the same app is $7.99 - not cheap, but worth it if you create collages fairly often. It has lots of flexibility for colour backgrounds, adding text, adjusting resolution and aspect ratio, and much more.
Here is the link to the free version of this app, for those of you who have same requirement as my Mum.
So, it's that time of year again - time to fill out that student public transport concession form (or two or three) for the kids, and organise two 'passport' size photos to stick on to the form.
I use a great little app for this task - one that allows you to easily take and print your own passport/id photos.
It is called ID Photo Print, and can save you a lot of money.
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