iPad course for seniors: Day 4-6
How to store your photos & videos on your iPad/iPhone
Do you have a lot of photos and videos on your iPhone or your iPad? Do you constantly get notification that your iCloud storage is full and you are offered toupee for more storage? Today we’re going to be talking about how to store your photos and videos made on iPhone or iPad.
Photos and videos are one of the heaviest formats of the files. As soon as you start using your iPad or your iPhone the memory of your device will shortly be taken by those files. by default The photos and videos are saved in one application called as you may guess photos. at the same time they are all pushed to the cloud which is a remote server and it’s called iCloud. this helps you backup your photos and also synchronize your library across all your devices.
The problem is that you only get 5 GB of free storage in iCloud. this is really not enough to store all your data. iCloud storage is used not only for photos and videos. It is also used to store your emails and backup all of your devices. Of course you can upgrade and subscribe for a monthly fee Apple iCloud paid plan and get more storage. The downsize of the subscription is that if you stop paying for this storage you have to delete all your files. so if you plan to remain on a free iCloud plan I suggest you don’t use it for photos or videos at all. And here is how you can do that.On your iPad go to settings And scroll down to the photos icon in the last column. tap the photos icon and disable the iCloud photos. this will prevent photos gold from your iPad into your iCloud storage.
Let’s do the same for iPhone. In your iPhone go to Settings and And go to photos. disable iCloud photos as well as my photostream.
If you already have photos in your iCloud and it’s very likely that it might be already full and it’s suggesting you to upgrade to a paid plan, you can do this.
How to use camera on iPad/iPhone
Hello! Alex here. Welcome back to the course, we’re on day 5.
Finally, we got to the point where we can start being creative and actually create some photos and videos.
Let’s start with understanding how an iPad camera works.
I’m gonna go and open the app called Camera.
Photo is the standard mode that you’ll see when you open the Camera app. You use this to take still photos and Live Photos, which come alive when you touch them.
Your iPad camera automatically focuses the image and adjusts the exposure based on what you’re pointing it towards. That way, you always start with a brightly lit photo.
You can change the camera focus and exposure to a specific area. Before you take the photo, tap the place on the screen that you want to adjust. If you want to keep the focus and exposure in the same spot, press and hold on the screen until you see AE/AF Lock.
Let’s take a look a closer look at all the settings of the Photo mode.
The panel on the left-hand side allows me to zoom in and out. Please remember that this is a digital zoom so don’t expect a decent quality from this feature.
On the right-hand side, you’ll find the rest of the settings. Let’s explore them from the top to the bottom.
The first icon is a feature called Live Photos.
Live Photos is a camera feature that brings movement in your photos to life! Instead of freezing a moment in time with a still photo, a Live Photo captures a 3-second moving image.
If it doesn’t have a line through it, Live Photos is switched on. If the icon has a line through it, tap it to turn on Live Photos.
A Live Photo captures 3 seconds of movement and sound. 1.5 seconds of the Live Photo is captured before you press the shutter button, and 1.5 seconds is captured after.
Therefore, ensure you compose your shot and hold it there for a couple of seconds before you press the shutter. If you don’t do this, the first part of your Live Photo will be of you moving the camera to frame the shot.
Likewise, your iPhone will record for 1.5 seconds after you’ve pressed the shutter. So make sure you keep your phone still for a couple of seconds after taking the shot.
This feature is great for shooting group photos and especially for scenes with children. Think of the problem when it’s difficult to make everyone in the shot smile at the same time. So with Live Photos, you can edit your final photos and choose the best shot among several photos taken around that moment when you pressed the shutter button. There’s a good chance you’ll find one photograph where everyone smiles.
The downside of the Live Photos feature is that if you keep using it all the time your Photo Library will become very heavy because of the larger file size and you’ll run out of storage very soon. So consider turning this feature off and use it occasionally, only for situations where it’s necessary.
In order to make sure it’s off by default, I’ll go to my iPad settings, find the Camera app and go to Preserve Settings, and then I’ll turn off the Live Photo option.
The next icon is for a self-timer
Tap the timer icon and choose 3 seconds or 10 seconds as the time interval between when you press the camera button and when the picture is captured.
You’ll see a countdown on the screen leading up to that moment, and then the iPad will capture a burst of ten images. (You can keep all ten photos, none, or a number in between.) To turn off the self-timer, tap the Off button. Couldn’t be easier than that.
The third icon swaps between front and rear cameras.
The big white button is the shutter button. Tap the Shutter button or press either volume button to take the photo.
Take Burst shots
Burst takes multiple high-speed photos so that you have a range of photos to choose from. You can take Burst photos with the front and rear cameras.
Choose Photo or Square mode.
Touch and hold the Shutter button to take rapid-fire photos. The counter shows how many shots you took.
Lift your finger to stop.
To select the photos you want to keep, tap the Burst thumbnail, then tap Select. Gray dots below the thumbnails mark the suggested photos to keep.
Tap the circle in the lower-right corner of each photo you want to save as an individual photo, then tap Done.
To delete the entire group of Burst photos, tap the thumbnail, then tap the Delete button.
Under the shutter button, you’ll find a preview icon which basically shows all your content in the gallery.
If you tap this icon you’ll get into the Preview mode where you can see your latest photos and videos. If you want to open the Photos app tap All Photos in the top right corner. You can go back to your Camera app by pressing the back button with the Camera title in the top left corner.
Finally, we came down to the Camera modes. We can only see three of them and the one in the middle is currently what we’re using. Swipe the mode selector up or down to choose a different mode. Trying doing this with me.
When you go to any video mode, the shutter button turns from white to red. Tap the shutter once to start recording, then tap it again to stop.
If you want to edit the length of your video, tap Edit or the edit button and move the slider to adjust the start and stop times. Tap Done to save your changes.
Other modes of iPad camera are:
Square mode limits the frame of your camera screen to a square — the optimal photo size for many social media apps. So when you take a photo, you can quickly share it on your favorite social platforms.
Want to capture a breathtaking landscape, but the entire view won’t fit on your camera screen? Use pano mode to get a stunning wide-angle photo.
Pano mode gives you a guide bar in the middle of the screen to help you take your photo. If you want to start the photo from the left, make sure the arrow is pointing to the right. If you want to start from the right, tap the arrow and change its direction.
Tap the shutter button and slowly move your camera in a straight line from one side of your shot to the next. Try to keep the arrow on the yellow guide bar.
Your video records as normal. But when you play it back, you see the slo-mo effect. You can even edit your video so that the slo-mo action starts and stops at a time you choose.
Capture footage at selected intervals to create a time‑lapse video that’s quick and easy to share. When you go to time-lapse mode and tap the shutter button, your camera periodically takes photos until you tap the shutter button again.
We won’t dive deep into all these Camera beyond as it’s way beyond the scope of this course.