The 8 best new features in the Photos app for IOS 11

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While you may not notice them at first, iOS 11 included some pretty significant improvements to the Photos app on your iPhone. These upgrades will help you make your Live Photos livelier, surprise you with photos you totally forgot about, keep your photos and videos organized, and more.

The new Photos app still has a long way to go before it will replace all of your third-party editings apps, but it’s inching closer and closer with each new upgrade and feature, and iOS 11 is just the next step in that progress. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at all of these great new Photos features below.

 

1  Live Photos Got a Major Update
When Apple released Live Photos in late-2015 (in iOS 9), there wasn’t much you could do besides take a Live Photo. iOS 10 eventually added the ability to edit, crop, and add filters to Live Photos without breaking the animation, but it still wasn’t enough in terms of editing capabilities. Well, iOS 11 has finally added more options.

Most importantly, Live Photos can now be edited to change the still thumbnail, the image you see before using 3D Touch to see and hear the animated portion — and the image that appears to non-Apple users. So if the default still image isn’t very pleasing to look at, you’re no longer stuck with it. Plus, you can trim Live Photos now, allowing you to hide the unsatisfactory sections from being shared.

Live Photos also has effects such as Bounce and Loop now, which turn Live Photos into GIF-like animations. Depending on the applied effect, your photo will either loop indefinitely or cycle back and forth. There’s also a Long Exposure feature that combines all of the frames into one to simulate long exposure photography, where some aspects of the image are in focus while the moving subjects are blurred.

 

We’ve taken an in-depth look into all of these new features in the article below, so be sure to check that out for more details and previews of everything we’ve found.

 

2 There Are More Kinds of Memories
Part of the iOS 11 upgrade is a machine learning platform integrated into almost every feature that makes iOS the user-friendly operating system it’s loved for being. Within the Photos app, the Memories feature will be the first aspect improved by machine learning.

According to Apple, Memories will be able to scan your photo library with greater efficiency to identify events and people faster than ever, and includes new categories such as weddings, birthdays, pets, babies, outdoor activities, performances, and sporting events.

3 Memories Videos Get Optimized Portrait View
Okay, you could already rotate your screen to watch a Memories video in either landscape or portrait view, but the video itself would not be optimized for the new view. Now, in iOS 11, when you rotate the screen, the video will automatically be adjusted so that it is optimized for whatever angle you’re watching at.

Don’t Miss: The 5 Best New Camera Features in iOS 11 for iPhone

4  GIFs Are Finally Supported!
Yes, that’s right — real GIF support. While you could always save GIFs to the Photos app on your iPhone from Giphy, Imgur, etc., they would not animate when you viewed them. Now they do. This also applies to the new Bounce and Loop effects for Live Photos — they will play endlessly when you view them.

5 GIFs & Live Photo Effects Get Their Own Album
Now that you can actually watch GIFs in action in the Photos app, along with the new Bounce and Loop effected Live Photos, there’s a new folder called “Animated” for them all. GIFs, Bounces, and Loops will all show up here. This effectively reduces scrolling and searching time when you need to find a certain animated image to share.

6 The People Album Syncs Across Devices
This is a relatively minor change, especially if you only have one iPhone connected to your iCloud account, but it syncs now across all devices so it doesn’t have to start from scratch on each device.

7 You Can Drag & Drop!
If you thought “Drag and Drop” was an iPad-only feature, you’re wrong. Obviously, you can do more useful things with it on an iPad in general, but the iPhone still gets a little bit of that drag-and-drop love.

For instance, you can now drag and drop a photo in one of your albums in the My Albums section to another spot to rearrange the album’s pics. Also, you can drag and drop any photo from any album, or multiple photos at once, into any of your albums you or a third-party created.

 

8  Portrait Mode & Normal Photos Take Up One Spot
Before, if you wanted to take use Portrait Mode to take a depth effect image, iOS 10 would save the normal photo as a separate file in your Photos app. Now, in iOS 11, the normal photo is saved behind the depth effect version, so you have less clutter in your Camera Roll album.

More Info: How to Find the Normal Photos for Your Portrait Mode Images in iOS 11

Stay Tuned for More on iOS 11
Since iOS 11 isn’t set to be released to everyone until the fall, chances are that Apple isn’t done adding features to Photos and upgrading existing ones. We’ll keep this list updated with all of the changes we’re able to find, so be sure to come back and check out what else has changed when a new beta is released.

This article first appeared on Gadget Hacks

Godox A1 Smartphone Flash, LED, and Trigger Now Official

After teasing the product and sharing some sample portraits, the Chinese flash manufacturer Godox has now officially announced the A1. It’s a flash, LED, and trigger 3-in-1 unit designed for smartphone cameras.



The Godox A1 features an 8W flash with a color temperature of 6000K (+/- 200K) and a 1W LED light. Power output for the flash can be adjusted with 5 steps from 1/1 to 1/16.

The device also has 2.4GHz and 433MHz wireless transmitters for triggering all Godox flashes through TTL/M/Multi mode. There’s also a 2.5mm sync cord jack if you’d like to trigger your flash that way.

A dedicated GodoxPhoto mobile app lets you make adjustments to flash/LED output as well as control groups of flashes.

An OLED panel on the top of the A1 provides the simple interface through which you can adjust the A1’s settings. Wireless connectivity is through Bluetooth 4.0, which has a 50-meter transmission range on the A1 when linking up with your smartphone.

The small (80x65x23mm/3.15×2.56×0.9in) and light (110g/3.88oz) A1 is powered by a built-in lithium battery that can put out 700 flashes before requiring a recharge. On the bottom of the A1 is a standard tripod mount.

Here are some actual sample portraits captured using a Godox A1, iPhone 7 Plus, and a Godox studio flash:

Here’s an introduction/announcement video showing the A1 in action in creating sample portraits:

Godox says it’s also planning to launch a smaller, single miniature flash for smartphones as well.

The Godox A1 will start shipping for iPhones at the end of August 2017 and for Android sometime in September. It has a price tag of $70 and can be pre-ordered through the Godox online store.

This article first appeared on Petapixel

iPhone 6S for sale, 9 months old , £450

iphone 6S , Rose Gold 64 GbThe iPhone 6S is an excellent phone with a powerful camera . I have a 9 month old Rose Gold iPhone 6S for sale , locked to the Vodafone network .

Technology: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700)

Body
SIM: Nano-SIM
– Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)

Display
Type: LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Multitouch: Yes
Protection: Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
– Force Touch display
– Display Zoom

Platform
OS: Apple iOS
Chipset: Apple A9
CPU: Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
GPU: PowerVR GT7600 (six-core graphics)

Memory
Card slot: No
Internal: 2 GB RAM

Camera
Primary: 12 MP, f/2.2, 29mm, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality
Features: 1/3″ sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps,1080p@120fps, 720p@240fps, check quality
Secondary: 5 MP, f/2.2, 31mm, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama

Sound
Alert types: Vibration, proprietary ringtones
Loudspeaker: Yes
3.5mm jack: Yes

Comms
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth: v4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC: Yes (Apple Pay only)
Radio: No
USB: v2.0, reversible connector

Features
Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging: iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser: HTML5 (Safari)
Java: No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Siri natural language commands and dictation
– iCloud cloud service
– iCloud Keychain
– TV-out
– Maps
– Organizer
– Document editor
– Photo/video editor

In the Box
Apple iPhone
EarPhones with Mic
USB Cable
USB Charger

New iPhone 7 may feature DSLR quality lenses

Apple’s innovation may be just about to take a new twist . This year’s iPhone 7 is expected to feature a twin lens system with a standard of performance normally reserved for DSLR cameras. Apple has almost single handed transformed amateur and social photography with the top quality camera featured in successive iPhones . Now it goes one step further with a 12 megapixel camera

With the company predicting its first revenue decline in 13 years, the pressure is on to succeed with this development . The rumour goes that the new iPhone 7 will have a dual-camera system based on LinX Imaging technology. LinX cameras are 12-megapixel dual-camera system that takes two photos at the same time using each lens, then merges the images together using a proprietary algorithm.

In a unique configuration , one lens will have image stabilisation and the other will have 2x to 3x optical zoom.  After purchasing the Israeli company for approximately US $20 million dollars last year .  The iPhone 7 camera system will be able to perform 3D mapping, reduce noise and improve quality of shots in indoor or low light.

It’s odds on only the most expensive iPhone 7 Plus will contain this camera system. Normally new iPhones are announced in September.

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