Maccast Members #119 - iPhoto for iOS
V iPhoto for iOS
V Opening
* The new iPhoto for iOS seems like a great tool for image editing on the iPhone, iPod, and iPad, but I wanted to try and get the most out of it.
* Many of the controls are intuitive, but as we like to do here I figured it was time to take a deep dive and uncover some of the little extra things it can do.
V Getting stuff in
V Anything added to your Camera Roll or in your Photos app is available to iPhoto
* There is the often and annoying 'Updating Photo Library' message. Happens anytime there have been changes to the Photo Library
V Beam
* Wirelessly beam photos from another iOS device with iPhoto.
* Beaming imports your photos at full resolution.
* Sync from iTunes
* Save from Text (iMessage) using the 'Action' button
V Import directly using the iPad/iPhone Camera Connection Kit
* Imports your photos at full resolution.
V Use iCloud and Photostream
* These come in at a reduced resolution
V Organizing Photos
* There are 4 sections for viewing images
V Albums
* Create Albums by upload using Photo Stream
* Create using the Photos app
* Sync from your computer (using iTunes) to your device.
V Different colors represent different types of albums
* Brown - Edited and Beamed photos
* Blue - Photo Stream, Camera Roll
* Grey - Standard Albums from Photos, sync'd via iTunes and PhotoStream
V Photos
* All photos you take with, import to, or beam to your device.
V Events
* Photo sync'd from Mac or PC using iTunes
* Imported using the iPad Camera Connection Kit
V Journals
* Created using iPhoto.
* If you delete a photo from your device after you’ve edited it, captioned it, tagged it as a favorite, or included it in a journal, iPhoto keeps a copy of the photo in the Edited album, the Favorites album, or the journal where it’s being used.
* If you remove all the edits from a photo that was edited and who's original was deleted from your device, then the restored photo is placed in the 'Photo Box' album.
V Browse, select, and view photos
* Swipe to flip through photos
* Tap a photo in the thumbnail grid
V View multiple photos
* Touch and hold a photo in the Thumbnail grid to add it to a set. Do the same again to remove a photo
* Drag a photo out of the grid into the main area. Reverse to remove
* Tap the "cog" icon (in Edit mode). Then tap Select multiple…, tap the images you want to select in the grid. tap done
* Select a range by using two fingers, or clicking the 'Range' option when using the "cog" button method.
* Using the 'cog' method works best for selecting large sets.
* You can drag the handle above the Thumbnail grid to change the numbers of columns or rows of Thumbnails
* Similar photos. Double tap and image thumbnail and iPhoto will auto select photos similar to that one.
* To deselect a photo, flick down on it or touch and hold the photo’s thumbnail in the thumbnail grid.
* When viewing multiples you can tap one to bring it up in large view and then swipe left or right to scroll through the selected photos
V Select an edited photo
* Photos that have been edited with have a toolbox icon in the thumbnail view
* You can also click the dropdown above the thumbnail grid and choose to view just the 'Edited Photos'
* When viewing an edited photo you can can tap the 'compare' icon (looks like a photo with an overlay being pulled up). to toggle between the edited and original version
V On the iPad, you can press and hold with two fingers to bring up a loupe magnifier
* Twist inside the magnifier to adjust the zoom level
* Tap outside the loupe to dismiss it.
V Flagging, tag, or hide photos
* Another way to separate out temporarily a set of photos you may want to work with.
V Tap a photo, and do any of the following:
V Flag the photo: Tap the Flag icon.
* If you don’t see the flag or tag tools, tap Edit.
* Tag the photo as a favorite: Tap 'ribbon' icon.
* Hide the photo: Tap the 'X' icon
* To remove tags, tap the photo and press the corresponding icon again
V To can press and hold the flag icon to get additional options
* Flag All, Unflag All, Last 24 hours, Last 7 days
* 'Choose…' lets you flag from the thumbnail viewer including the option to select a range.
* When browsing with the grid viewer on you can tap the label above the thumbnail grid to switch between viewing the different types of tagged or hidden photos
V Deleting Photos
* Photos and video clips taken with your device: Open the Photos app on your device, tap Camera Roll, tap to select the photos, and tap the trash icon.
* Photos and video clips you synced to your computer using iTunes: Connect your device to your computer and, in iTunes, deselect the photos and video clips you want to remove from your device. Click Apply, and click Sync.
* Photos in the Beamed album or the Photo Box album: Tap a photo in the Beamed album or the Photo Box album, tap the "cog" icon (tap Edit if you don’t see the tool), tap Delete Photo, and tap Delete.
V Photo info
* Select a photo and tap the "i" con to get it's info
* You can get the Camera data
V Click the Add a Caption to add a caption
* The caption appears on the photo wherever it’s used (albums, events, journals, and so on). But this data seems to be limited to iPhoto on the device
* Can also sometimes add by clicking 'Add a caption' the menubar in the main window on the iPad
* If a Map tab is displayed then the photo had GPS data
V If the photo was published from the device to Flickr or Facebook you can see the comments and add your own.
* "Tap to add a comment…"
* Seems like you can only view comments on the device the photos were shared from. Same goes for iPhoto. Lame.
V Editing Overview
* Originals are always saved, so it's 100% non-destructive. Will use up more space though, so be aware.
* Can work with imported RAW photos, but edits are done with the embedded JPEGs, not the RAW files.
* Click the "Edit" button and then click the "Toolbox" icon to get into the editing controls.
* Before going to the full edit tools there is a one button "Auto-Enhance" feature.
V Five areas for editing functions
* Crop and Straighten
* Adjust Exposure
* Adjust Color
* Enhance with Brushes
* Add Effects
* Edited photos will have a 'Toolbox' icon in the Thumbnail view
V You can always revert all your edits by selecting the edited photo, clicking 'Edit' and then the 'cog' and choosing 'Revert' or 'revert this photo'
* While editing there is also an 'Undo' button in the top menu bar, or shake to undo.
V Another nice feature is the ability to apply adjustments and then copy and paste them
* Make your adjustments and then click the 'cog' icon from the main Edit screen
* Choose 'Copy Adjustments'
* Now you can go back to the Thumbnail grid and select one or many photos, click edit, click the 'cog' and choose to paste the adjustments.
* Combine that with the simple 'double tap' to select similar photos and you have a nice way to batch apply adjustments to a set of photos taken under similar conditions
V Basic Editing techniques
V Rotate
* Enter edit mode and use a two finger turning gesture to rotate the image
* Click the rotate button (landscape on iPhone) to rotate clockwise
* Click and hold the rotate button to get a dialog to rotate either direction
V Crop
* In Edit mode, click the crop button
* Drag the corners of the frame to resize the frame
* Click the 'Constrain' button to maintain the aspect ratio
* Click the settings 'cog' to get a list of standard sizes.
* Drag and pinch inside the crop window to adjust the position and scaling
V Straighten
* Drag your finger on the dial at the bottom of the window
* Two finger twist to rotate on screen
* Tap the dial and use the gyroscope
V Exposure and Contrast
* Enter edit mode, tap the toolbox, and hit the 'Exposure' icon
V Adjust light and dark areas
* Use sliders, lines mark stating points on either end
* Brightness and Contrast sliders
* Tap on photo and slide up and down to adjust brightness and left to right to effect contrast
* You can adjust the shadows or highlights in a photo depending on where you tap.
V Color and White Balance
V Use the sliders along the bottom
* Color saturation (rainbow)
* Blue sky
* Green tones
* Skin tones
V Tap on screen and up and down will adjust saturation
* Left and right will adjust color tones depending on where you tapped.
* Tap the setting button to get an option to preserve skin tones
V Tap settings button or WB button to access white balance options
* WB, is the setting defined by the camera
* Sun, Cloud, Flash, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescent
* The last two let you set the point by sampling a persons skin tone or an object by bringing up a loupe.
V Advanced Editing
V Using the editing brushes.
V Click the Edit > Toolbox > Brushes
* Repair: Patch areas of a photo using pixels from the surrounding area.
* Red Eye: Remove red-eye from a photo.
* Saturate: Increase the strength of colors in a photo.
* Desaturate: Decrease the strength of colors in a photo.
* Lighten: Lighten areas of a photo.
* Darken: Darken areas of a photo.
* Sharpen: Increase clarity in a photo by strengthening hard edges.
* Soften: Blur and soften edges in a photo.
V These effects are meant to be brushed on, but you can apply the effect to the entire image
* Select the brush and tap the settings
* Adjust the amount to the desired level
* Tap the apply to 'Entire Image' button
* The big issue here is there is no way to preview the effect before you apply it, so it make this feature almost worthless
* You can adjust the intensity (opacity), but not the stroke size
V Brushing on is additive, meaning the more you apply to a specific area the more intense the effect in that area
* I find myself setting the brush intensity lower and then painting on more in a particular area to control the effect, since you can't control the brush size.
* Can turn on edge detection, icon with triangle slope and brush. Does help.
* Also can erase the effect
* Go into settings and turn on show strokes. Shows red "mask" where effect is applied. The darker the red the more of the effect is in that area.
* Can also erase all brush strokes for an effect in the settings or 'Erase All'
* If you go back to adjust exposure, brightness, color, etc. after applying effects or brushes, iPhoto "peels" back the adjustment layer to let you color adjust the image with the effects in the way. When you finish it re-applies the effects
V Effects
* Edit > Toolbox > Effects
V A bunch of different strips with various effects
* Warm & Cool
* Duotone
* Black & White
* Aura - Isolate strong colors (and turn the rest of the photo black and white)
* Vintage
* Artistic - Watercolor effects, tilt-shift, etc.
* Can be hard to see what an individual effect is, just have to play with it.
* Tap or drag across the strip to apply the effect.
V Some effects allow for gestures to modify how they are applied
* Gradient effects can have intensity and location modified by dragging across the photo
* Vignettes can be moved and adjusted with drag and pinch gestures
* Tilt shift and be adjusted with pinch and drag as well
* Some effects have modifier options in little circles that can be toggled
V Journals
* Feels like a replacement for lost iWeb galleries and Homepages
* Can create journals with multiple pages and combine photo, text, and various "widgets" and then publish and share them via iCloud or your own web server
V Select the photos you want to create a Journal for and them use the 'Share' button and select Journal
* A journal can only be edited and updated on the device it was created on, although you can view your journals created on other devices and published to iCloud. (read only are miked with a red ribbon)
V Publish to iCloud will send your Journal to iCloud and give you a link to share with friends.
* There doesn't seem to be a site that displays a list of your journals, just accessed via the direct links.
* Security via obscurity
* Can also export to iTunes which generates a folder with all the files that can be uploaded to your own web server.
V Sharing
V Beaming
* Send from one iOS device with iPhoto to another.
* Sent wirelessly and in full resolution.
V How to beam
* Open iPhoto on your device and the device you want to beam to.
V Make sure your devices are set up to beam photos.
* On both devices: In the main iPhoto screen, tap and tap to turn on Wireless Beaming. On each device’s Home screen, tap Settings and tap to turn on Location Services.
* On your device: In the main iPhoto screen, tap and tap to turn on Include Photo Location. On your device’s Home screen, tap Settings and tap to turn on Location Services.
* On your device, tap a photo, album, or event, and tap > Beam.
V Confirm or change the photos you want to share by tapping an option.
* Select all the photos in an album or event: Tap All.
* Select a range of photos: Tap Choose, tap Range, tap the first and last photos in the range, and tap Next.
* Important: Beaming a large number of photos can take awhile. If the device you’re beaming to goes into sleep mode, your photos won’t finish beaming.
V Tap an iOS device to select it, and tap Beam Photos.
* Note: If you don’t see the device you want to beam photos to, make sure iPhoto is open on the receiving device and wireless beaming is on for both devices.
* On the device receiving photos, tap Yes to accept beamed photos.
* On your device, tap Done.
V Social
* Twitter, Flicker, Facebook
V For Facebook and Flickr you can see comments on images published from the device.
* Facebook comment do seem to show up in iPhoto, but not on other devices
* Flickr comments only show up on the device or Mac they were published from
* Email
V Can Mirror to a TV using the HDMI adapter cable or Airplay and an Apple TV 2
* To enable mirroring, you need to click the "Settings" (cog) button.
* Set the Mirror on TV setting to 'On'
* To use Airplay you also need to go to the Multitasking bar, swipe left to get to the Airplay button, turn on Airplay by selecting your Apple TV from the list and setting the 'Mirroring' button to 'On'
V Slideshows
* Select one or more photos, an album, event, or journal
* Click the 'Share' button and choose Slideshow
V Confirm or change the selection
* Continue with the photos you selected: Tap Selected.
* Create a slideshow of your flagged photos: Tap Flagged.
* Create a slideshow of all the photos in the thumbnail grid: Tap All.
* Select a different photo or multiple photos: Tap Choose, tap each photo, and tap Next.
* Select a different range of photos: Tap Choose, tap Range, tap the first and last photos in the range, and tap Next.
V Select a style
* Ken Burns, Classic, Portfolio, Magazine, Dateline, Reflections, Origami, Sliding Panels
V Choose Music
* Turn on play music
* Each style has matching music or you can select your own from your music library
* Click Start Slideshow
* Tap to get the slideshow controls. Tap the "X" to exit the slideshow. It loops until you do.