In a separate Handy Hint, we look at how you can hide photos on the iPad, iPhone and Mac - so that they are not visible in other views. Instead, they are found in a Hidden album that is password (Face ID/Touch ID) protected, providing a great way of keeping sensitive images secure.
Here is where to find that Handy Hint: Hiding photos that you don't want visible in your Photos timeline
A client of iTandCoffee was making use of this feature on the iPad and iPhone, but when she came to her Mac, she could not see the Hidden album in the sidebar - so could not get to those hidden photos.
Here's how this was quickly fixed.
Have you ever taken a photo that, while you need to keep it, you don't really want it to appear in your 'timeline' of photos or your 'Recents' view? An example might be not-so-pleasant medical-type photos. For me, it was screenshots of internet outages and speed tests. I needed to keep these photos, but really didn't want to see them in my Photos timeline.
There is an easy way in the Photos app on the iPhone, iPad and Mac that you can remove such images from 'plain sight'.
When you have a significant numbers of photos and/or video/s to send to someone else, the overall size of the content can prevent you sending using Mail, Messages and other methods.
Something that you may not have noticed in the Share menu of the Photos app is the option to Copy iCloud Link. This option will be visible if you have turned on iCloud Photos.
What this means is that you can select some photos/videos and then, instead of sending that content as part of the message, copy and send a link to a temporary web page in iCloud that contains the photos. This web page is then available for 30 days, after which it disappears.
This means that you are sending a tiny message size-wise, and the recipient can choose when to tap/click the link to view the photos/videos and - if they desire - download them.
The Camera App of the iPad and iPhone provides a handy feature, to take a Burst of photos - rapid-fire photos that allow you to capture movement, the best smiles, etc.
Bursts are also taken when you use the Camera app's timer.
While it is a great feature, you can end up with lots of excess Burst photos that you don't really need to keep - and that can use up quite a bit of your storage.
Here's how to clean up these Bursts.
An iTandCoffee Club members asked this question a few weeks ago.
He likes to organise all his photos into Albums using his Mac Photos app, and was frustrated that he couldn't work out which photos were not yet added to any Album.
There is an easy way to create a special Album that can automatically show any photos that are not yet in any of your Albums.
We have a separate Handy Hint that talks about an app that makes it easy to blur the background of a photo (plus another option on the Mac).
But what if you want to entirely replace the background of an image - for example, like that shown above.
There is an app that makes this so easy. It's called Canva.
A feature that I have come to love about the Photos app under iOS/iPadOS 16 is the background removal feature.
It came in really handy only recently, when I wanted to use a photo of some objects - minus the table in the background. I wanted to paste just the objects into a presentation that I was doing, and the background just wouldn't have worked.
Here's how I did this.
I do love using iCloud to store and sync my photos. I regularly use Shared Albums to share sets of photos with other family members and friends.
But one thing that has always been lacking has been the ability to share a photo library with your partner (and, perhaps, with other members of your family). I would to be able to share a large number of my photos with my husband without having to create such Shared Albums.
The good news is that sharing of an entire photos library is now provided as an option in iOS/iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura.
If you love your photos, one of the biggest bugbears of having the technology combination of an iPhone and a Windows computer is that your iCloud Photos don't integrate with the Photos app on Windows.
You can sync your iCloud Photos to your Windows computer and see them as files via File Explorer, but this is nowhere near as friendly and visual as viewing them on a timeline in the Photos app and organising them into Albums.
So there is some great news from Microsoft for Windows 11 Users, about something new that is arriving in November 2022.
I recently prepared a Photos slideshow on my Mac for a family occasion, and purchased a track ('What a wonderful world' by Lois Armstrong) to play with this slideshow.
Past experience has taught me that purchasing and downloading the track is the only way you can use it in your slideshow - that a subscription to Apple Music does not allow you to use that music.
But after purchasing and downloading the track, I could not get the music to play with the slideshow. I tried on my iPad, but again found that the music would not play there either. Frustrating! I wondered if it was a glitch with the recent iOS/iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura upgrades.
It was when I did get it to work in Photos on my iOS 16 iPhone that I realised what was causing the issue.
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