Get more from your al­bums

Or­ga­nize your shots more ef­fec­tively with al­bums in Pho­tos

Mac|Life - - CREATE - Ge­orge Cairns



you will learn

How to cre­ate and add pictures to an al­bum, man­age al­bums, and share their con­tents.


15 min­utes

In the days of ana­log film cam­eras we were limited to shoot­ing on rolls of film that pro­duced a max­i­mum of 36 pho­tos at a time. Most peo­ple would only use a hand­ful of rolls of film each year to record spe­cial events such as hol­i­days, wed­dings, and birth­days.

In th­ese dig­i­tal days, you’re never with­out a cam­era thanks to the app pro­vided with ev­ery iPhone and iPad. As well as shoot­ing birth­days, hol­i­days, and wed­dings, you’re likely to doc­u­ment or­di­nary daily ac­tiv­i­ties as a se­ries of clips and stills. Un­like our ana­log an­ces­tors, we have thou­sands of dig­i­tal pho­to­graphs and video clips to man­age and share. For­tu­nately, iOS’s Pho­tos app has all the tools you need to take con­trol of your ever-grow­ing col­lec­tion of dig­i­tal as­sets.

Pho­tos uses the ana­log al­bum model to or­ga­nize dig­i­tally sourced shots and clips. Ana­log al­bums had to be filled man­u­ally, but Pho­tos uses the meta­data stored in dig­i­tal images and video clips to help gather re­lated files to­gether au­to­mat­i­cally, in var­i­ous ways.

An im­age’s meta­data can tell Pho­tos where and when a shot was taken, and what type of shoot­ing mode was used (such as time-lapse). If you use your iPad’s front-fac­ing cam­era to snap a shot, then Pho­tos pre­sumes you’re tak­ing a self-por­trait. Th­ese will au­to­mat­i­cally be stored in the Selfies al­bum in Pho­tos, so you can find all your best poses in an in­stant. If you have set your iPad and iPhone to up­load to the iCloud Photo Li­brary (in Set­tings > iCloud) then you’ll also find Pho­tos has cre­ated al­bums that store images taken in Panorama, Time­lapse, and Burst mode au­to­mat­i­cally.

Au­to­matic al­bums are a spring­board to find­ing spe­cific types of files fast, though you’ll find it more use­ful to cre­ate themed al­bums from scratch. We’ll show you how to cre­ate al­bums, add pho­tos to them, and even merge mul­ti­ple al­bums to sim­plify your col­lec­tion, if you find your­self with too many on the go.

You’ll also learn how to share al­bum­based con­tent with friends and fam­ily so that your pre­cious pictures will find their au­di­ence.

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