How to remove your old iPhoto library

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2016

After upgrading your Mac to OS X Yosemite or later, the new Photos app gets installed automatically.

On first launch, Photos will auto-upgrade your default iPhoto library to its new library format. People will multiple iPhoto libraries must manually convert them to the new format by holding the Option (⌥) key when clicking the Photos icon in the Dock.

Upon completing migration, you’ll have two sets of photo libraries on your machine: the original iPhoto libraries and their Photos counterpart.

In order to free up a significant amount of storage space on your Mac, you can safely delete any iPhoto library that has been migrated to the new Photos app. Read More

 

How to move Photos library to a separate drive

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 8, 2016

In addition to moving your multi-gigabyte iTunes library to an external drive, a significant amount of Mac storage space can be freed up by moving your photo libraries onto a separate drive.

If you take a lot of pictures with a DSLR camera or your iOS devices and import them in Photos, you’ll fairly quickly run out of free space on most Macs.

This tutorial will guide you through the process of moving an entire library of photos to a drive other than the startup volume, preferably to a much larger external hard drive, in a way that won’t disrupt your photography workflow. Read More

 

How to turn any photo scene into a snowy one with Snow Daze

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 3, 2016

Winter may be coming to an end next month, making room for the Spring season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep enjoying the snow!

Snow Daze is a wonderful app that can be had from the App Store for $1.99. The app can turn any photograph scene into a snowy wonderland. With all of the different filters, configurable snow settings, and color options, you can make even the least suspecting photograph look like it was taken in the middle of a blizzard storm.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how the app works. Read More

 

How to set an image in Photos for Mac as your desktop wallpaper

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2016

If you’re anything like me, chances are you have amassed a photo library that spans years of personal memories and moments you care about. And like many Mac owners, you no doubt like to personalize your computer’s desktop with custom wallpapers.

Exporting an image to a folder in the Finder, and then adding that folder in the Desktop & Screen Saver pane in System Preferences is one way to use your favorite photos as desktop wallpapers.

However, Photos for Mac has a built-in option for quickly setting any image in your photo library as a desktop wallpaper. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to set any image in the Photos app as your Mac’s wallpaper without the need to export files and deal with duplicate copies. Read More

 

Tip: turn off HDR photo duplicates to save space

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2016

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is great for making the most from your iPhone’s camera, especially in high-contrast situations.

With this feature, your iPhone takes multiple photos in rapid succession, each at a different exposure, and automatically blends them together. You get an image that has optimized highlights and really brings the shadows out of the noise, with way better detail in the bright and midtown areas.

When you enable HDR photography by taping the HDR icon in the Camera app, your iPhone will save two copies of the image in your photo library: the “normal” image (without HDR) along with its HDR counterpart.

This can put a strain on your iPhone’s storage, especially when taking a lot of HDR photos. If your iPhone’s storage is low, or you’re the type of person who likes to plan ahead, read this tutorial to learn how to turn off HDR photo duplicates and save significant amounts of storage space on your device. Read More

 

Tip: export images from Photos for Mac in their original format

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 25, 2016

Photos for Mac stores your images in a dedicated library file, which can pose a problem when needing to deal with individual files. You can easily export images from Photos for Mac by way of dragging, but know that the app’s changed its export behavior since its initial release.

In Photos 1.0, dragging an image out of the app would save your selection as a downscaled JPEG file. In the most recent release, dragged images retain their original resolution but are still recompressed as JPG files.

However, you can avoid this behavior and preserve the original image file format, resolution and other parameters when exporting images from Photos to the Finder. Read More

 

How to download Facebook photos and videos

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2016

If you’ve been on Facebook for a few years now, chances are you’ve shared a bunch of photos and videos with your friends and family thus far, many of which might no longer be stored on your iOS device or Mac.

Unfortunately, Facebook doesn’t make things any easier by not providing a straightforward way to download the photos and videos users have uploaded to the service.

But worry not, our loyal fans, the iDownloadBlog tutorial series comes to the rescue. In this detailed tutorial, you will learn about five different techniques that will help you get those Facebook photos and videos onto your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Mac without too much hassle. Read More

 

Best ways to store photos in the cloud

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 16, 2016

Those high-quality snaps and videos you take on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad can pretty quickly eat up all of the available storage space on your device.

There are a number of techniques to increase your free storage, like deleting apps you no longer use, emptying system caches and so forth, but they all pale in comparison to the simplest of solutions—actually moving storage-hungry photos and videos off your device to safely store them in the cloud.

In this post, we’ll tell you all you need to know about the most popular cloud storage solutions. We’re going to detail backing up your media to each of them and discuss recommended strategies for freeing up as much storage space as possible, without destroying your personal memories or changing your workflow much. Read More

 

Samsung jumping into Live Photos bandwagon: ‘Vivid Photos’ reportedly coming to Galaxy S7

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 15, 2016

Live Photos, a feature of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus which optionally captures 1.5 seconds of video before and after a picture is taken, is reportedly going to be replicated by Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S7 smartphones when it debuts later this year, according to sources who spoke with Marius Maria over at Android Geeks.

As there’s no guarantee that Samsung’s engineers will finish it in time for the handset’s debut, it might arrive later this year with a software update. Read More

 

How to batch resize iPhone photos and videos

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 11, 2016

Apple tried to give users at least some photo and video editing tools for use on the mobile platform, but even those options built into the Photos app that let you fiddle with cropping, resizing, rotation, and colorization are limited and leave a lot to be desired. Not to mention, the features that Apple does give you are difficult to use with precision and are even cumbersome to use at times.

With an app called Desqueeze, you can resize photos and videos in bulk with ease, and not only that, the application gives you incredible precision for doing it. A step up from what Apple calls built-in editing features in iOS, Desqueeze is a great option for those looking to make their photos and/or videos smaller in file size, change their format, and more. In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how you can use the application to resize your photos and videos. Read More

 

How to stop Photos from auto-launching upon connecting an imaging device to your Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 28, 2015

With Photos for Mac, you can import your photographs from a variety of sources, including digital cameras, iOS devices, storage media, SD memory cards, iCloud Photo Streams and other apps.

By default, when you connect a camera, iOS device or other mobile device to your Mac, Photos’ hot-plug feature kicks in and automatically launches itself so you can start importing your photos from there.

Thankfully, there’s a setting to stop Photos from auto-opening when a specific device is connected to your computer. Additionally, other methods exit to stop the program from launching for all devices connected to your Mac.

In the tutorial, we’ll be explaining both methods so you can choose to selectively prevent specific or all devices from prompting Photos to open. Read More

 

Facebook is rolling out Live Photos support

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2015

When Apple introduced Live Photos at its September 2015 iPhone 6s event it also announced an SDK allowing third-parties to implement support for them, while specifically saying that Live Photos would be coming to Facebook before year-end.

Following Tumblr’s iOS app which was first to implement support for Live Photos, Facebook today started rolling out the ability to upload and view Live Photos from within their iOS app, TechCrunch reports. Read More

 

Facebook killing photo sync in mobile apps, you’ll have to use Moments instead

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 14, 2015

According to TechCrunch on Monday, Facebook is in the process of removing photo syncing capability in its mobile applications and is asking users to download a dedicated Moments app to retain that functionality.

Photo sync, an opt-in feature in the mobile Facebook app, uploaded photos from the user’s Camera roll to a private photo album on Facebook, where they could later be edited, shared or deleted.

Moments, a private-photo sharing app, debuted this summer for iOS and Android and then rolled out to everyone nearly four months ago. Read More

 

Tumblr app updated with support for Live Photos

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2015

Yahoo-owned Tumblr today rolled out a major update to its iPhone, iPod touch and iPad application in the App Store, bringing out official support for Live Photos, introducing 3D Touch Home screen shortcuts and a few other enhancements. Tumblr 5.0 for iOS also makes its messaging feature available to everyone today, lets you send a post to any Tumblr and toss it with the tap of a button. Read More

 

Google Photos launches shared albums

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2015

As promised back in September, Google Photos has now begun rolling out shared albums on the web and in its mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Arriving just in time for the holiday season, a shared album allows friends and family to add photos to it. Those who have joined a shared album will receive a notification about any changes and newly uploaded photos.

If it sounds similar to Apple’s own iCloud Photo Sharing, that’s because it is, with one crucial difference: shared albums on Google Photos aren’t designed for a social world—you can’t like, comment on or caption them. Read More

 

iOS 9.2 lets you import photos and videos directly to iPhone via USB

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 8, 2015

The just released iOS 9.2 brings with it something that iPhone users have been wanting for quite some time now: the ability to import photos directly from a USB source via Apple’s USB Camera Adapter. Data transfer is still going to operate at USB 2.0 speeds, but having the option to work on videos and photos shot on traditional cameras is a nice new perk for iPhone users. Read More

 

How to Quick Look preview multiple photos at once on Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 7, 2015

By now, everyone knows that you can perform a Quick Look preview on Mac by highlighting a file and pressing the Space bar. But did you know that it is possible to view multiple files at once using Quick Look?

I’m not talking about browsing through each selection using the left and right arrow keys, I’m talking about viewing both files or photos simultaneously within the Quick Look interface. In this post, I’ll show you how to preview multiple items at once, and a few other handy Quick Look tips for good measure. Read More

 

Facebook brings photo collages to iPhone app, starts testing Periscope-like video broadcasts

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2015

Facebook today announced that its main iPhone client in the App Store has been updated with two new features: Live Video and Collages.

Collages, automatically created from the photos and videos taken together, are presented as a moving carousel within the app and on the web.

More important than that, implementing live video broadcasting on Facebook has been prioritized in the wake of the Periscope phenomenon. Starting today, a small percentage of people in the United States can begin testing the live video feature on their iPhones. Read More

 

Next-generation Yahoo Messenger now available on iOS, web and Yahoo Mail

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2015

Yahoo today announced it’s re-launching its venerable messaging software—Yahoo Messenger—on iOS, Android, on the web and in Yahoo Mail on the desktop.

The app offers a fresh new messaging experience rebuilt from the ground up, integrates the best of the Flickr, Tumblr and Xobni, does photo sharing and animated GIFs and is focused on group messaging with features such as sharing, unsending and liking. Read More

 

Tip: take this extra step after deleting items in Photos for iOS and OS X

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

A lot of people make a common mistake, believing they have freed up storage space on their device after deleting a bunch of photos and videos in the Photos app.

In reality, deleting a photo or video doesn’t immediately free up storage space. That’s because Photos on iOS and OS X tucks all deleted items under a special album for 30 days.

This is for your convenience, so you can undelete items if you change your mind later on. In short, items aren’t immediately removed from your device upon choosing Delete in Photos.

In this brief tutorial, we’re going to lay out a few extra steps you should take in order to get rid of deleted items in Photos forever and really gain some additional storage lost to unwanted photos and videos. Read More

 
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