How To Get Scroll To Next Picture Function Back In The Photos App In Windows 10

The Photos app in Windows 10 allowed users to go to the next or previous photo by scrolling the mouse wheel. Users were not happy with this functionality. It was likely due to Windows Photo Viewer, the default photo viewing app in Windows 7 which allowed users to zoom in/out with the scroll wheel. Microsoft gave users what they wanted with an update to the Photos app and replaced the scroll wheel's next/previous photo function with the zoom function. Users are now complaining they liked it the way it was before. Microsoft isn't likely to add the functionality back but you can get it back with a simple AutoHotkey script. Read More

How To Scan & Digitize Your Old Photographs With Your Phone

Digital cameras, when they fist appeared on shelves, were expensive. It took a while for them to get cheaper and for phones on cameras to get better. Most people continued to use standard film cameras for capturing the special events in their lives. The photos were developed and either stored in bulky albums or put away in shoe boxes. Digital cameras and smartphones have made point and shoot cameras obsolete but they didn't get rid of our old photographs. Those, at the time expensive to develop memories, were printed on a standard 4x6 photographic sheet and they live in our small storage spaces. You can scan them to preserve a digital copy but that is quite a time consuming task. Google has just released a new app called PhotoScan that lets you use your phone to scan and digitize your old photographs. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Send Low Quality Images In The Messages App In iOS 10

iPhones have an amazing camera. With iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that camera has only gotten better. The images you capture on your iPhone are exceptionally sharp and exceptionally large in terms of size. When you share them via photo stream or over the Messages app, you retain the quality of these photos. They are not compressed and it's a pretty reliable way of transferring photos when the HD quality is important. That said, not all photos you send over the Messages app need to be HD. Up until iOS 9, there was no way to send a lower quality photo over the Messages app unless you actually reduced the quality in the camera app when you took it. Come iOS 10, there is now an option that lets you send all photos over Messages in low quality. The photos are not only sent faster but take up less space on your recipient's device and do not tax your data plan as much. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Add Names To The Faces Identified By The Photos App In iOS 10

The Photos app in iOS 10 has slowly been getting smarter over the years. New features have been added to it with each successive iteration of iOS so that it can function with the ever increasing number of photos iPhone owners take and also work well with the added functionality of the Camera app. iOS 9 came with several new automatic albums that sorted selfies, and screenshots into their own albums. With iOS 10 the Photos app has borrowed a feature from Facebook; it can now identify people in photos. This makes it easier for you to create memories with the same people and as you identify people, iOS gets better at recognizing their face. Since the feature doesn't have the data that Facebook has, it can only identify faces in photos but cannot name them. Not even the photo set for a contact helps. You have to manually identify who someone is once their face has been detected. Here's how. Read More

How To Make A GIF From Photo Bursts And Live Photos On iOS

Photo bursts and live photos are great if everyone you know owns a Mac and/or an iOS device but outside Apple's devices there are few tools that will let you view a live photo. Photo bursts are of little use outside of your phone and will at the most help you take the perfect selfie a little more easily. If you want to make better use of your photo bursts and live photos or just be able to share them, consider giving GIF Toaster a try. It's a free iOS app that can turn photo bursts and live photos into GIFs, You can choose the size and speed of the GIF and save it to your computer via iTunes or your WiFi network. Read More

How To Import A Photo Edited On Your iPhone To Your Computer

iOS 8 introduced quite a few editing options in the default Photos app that allowed you to straighten and crop a photo among other things. If at any time you ever feel you've made a mistake editing the photo you can always reset it. It's pretty awesome and it lets you edit away without having to worry about losing a good photo. This all great up until you try and import the photo like you do all others to your Mac or PC. You will find the photo can only be imported in its unedited original form. You might also notice that for every photo you edited using the Photos app, there is a corresponding AAE format file for it. If you're wondering where those files came from and how you can import your edited photo to your Mac or PC without too much trouble, we have the answers. Read More

How To Zoom In Closer On A Photo On Your iPhone

The Photos app on your iPhone lets you zoom in to it by double tapping your screen. If you double tap it again, you're zoomed out and if you pinch to zoom further, the photo snaps back to the zoomed size. It doesn't zoom in further making it so that there is just one scale that you can zoom into on any photo. It's a shame considering how much detail the iPhone's camera, especially the newer models, can capture. There is a curious little bug in iOS though that lets you momentarily zoom into photos past the default zoom level and right down to a pixel. It resets itself each time you return to the photos. Here's how it works. Read More

Adjust The Focus After Taking A Photo On Your iPhone

iPhones have some of the best cameras you can find on a smartphone. The iPhone camera not only captures absolutely stunning photos but it also often outperforms stand alone digital cameras. It's no surprise that iPhone users take a ton of photos or that the App Store has a dedicated category for photography related apps. Live Focus is a brand new iOS app available in the App Store for $1.99 and it is absolutely amazing. The app lets you capture photos and readjust the focus afterwards. Your phone must be running iOS 9 and above to use the app. Read More

Capture Live & Still Photos From A Video With The Windows 10 Photos App

Microsoft has updated the Photos app and added quite a few features with the update. Most of the more noteworthy features allow you to edit photos that have been taken from a Windows phone, one running Windows 10 but there's a pretty neat new feature that lets you save a photo still from a video. It lets you review a movie frame by frame and save the one you need. The quality of the photo is as good as the quality of the movie. The photos are in JPEG format but they are live photos. When you open them in the Photos app they will play. When you open them in a normal photo viewer they will be still images. Read More

How To Fix Photos Not Appearing In Camera Roll In iOS

A few days ago, my iPhone randomly stopped saving photos to the Photos app. The photos I took via the Camera app appeared as little thumbnails in the app but when I switched to the Photos app they weren't there. Another error I kept encountering was that I was unable to send photos over iMessages. As soon as I would select the photo, the Messages app would freeze. A quick search showed this problem has been plaguing users since iOS 8.1 with no solution in sight and no acknowledgement from Apple that this was a genuine problem. The good news is that there's a pretty easy solution that worked on my phone and here it is. Read More

How To Create Folders Inside The Photos App [iOS]

We've long been able to create albums in the Photos app in iOS. With iOS 9, the albums automatically generated now include one for screenshots and one for selfies. The screenshot album is accurate however the selfies album treats any and all photos taken with the front facing camera as selfies so it does get them wrong some time. What not many people might know (and I include myself among those people) is that as of iOS 8.3, you can also create folders inside the Photos app in addition to creating albums in it. Here's how. Read More

Delete Photos From Your Camera Roll By Swiping Left Tinder-Style [iOS]

Smartphones have made it incredibly easy to take photos. It's so easy to take photos that we end up taking hundreds of them and just about everything is photo-worthy. It's only when space on our devices starts to run out that we sit down to delete them and at that point, it becomes a task in itself. Meet PhotoTrash, an iOS app worth $0.99 in the app store that lets you delete photos by swiping left. The app uses Tinder-style gestures to review and delete photos. It's a brilliant app that will let you favorite photos, keep the ones you like, and remove the ones you no longer want. Read More

Create A Shared Album In Google Photos That Others Can Add Photos To

Google has long been adding collaboration features to its app. We don't have shared playlists on YouTube just yet but Google Docs is an excellent way to collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Google Photos is the latest app to get a collaboration feature in the form of Shared albums. A shared album is an album that you can invite others people to add photos to. You could always share your photo albums before but now other people can add their own photos to it. Here's how to create a shared photo album and allow others to contribute to it. Read More

Privately Exchange Photos Of An Event With Your Facebook Friends

Everyone has a phone and just about every phone in existence has a camera and that means given an event, a party, or even a slightly fun lunch hour, lots of photos will be taken. You might end up with everyone having snapped photos of a fun night out or if you're trying to conserve phone battery, you will have appointed a designated photographer to take all the photos. Once the photos have been taken, Facebook is the go-to place for sharing them so everyone has a copy. If you prefer private sharing of your photos however, Facebook has you covered with its Moments app. The app is kind of old and just upgraded to version 2.0 but it's just now been made available outside the U.S. What it does is that it automatically groups photos together based on the location and time they were taken. A group of such photos is called a moment and you can share it privately with one or several Facebook friends. Here's how it works. Read More

Hide Photos On OneDrive From The Windows 10 Photos App

OneDrive has become an essential part of the Windows operating system in Windows 10. There is no getting rid of it and should you choose to not sign in to the app, it bombards you repeatedly with an alert to sign in. If you like OneDrive as a service and use it to back-up your files then this obviously isn't a problem for you although you might be surprised (or perhaps just annoyed) that photos you've backed up to and synced with OneDrive appear in the default Photos app. Here's how you can continue to back them up between systems but hide them from the Photos app. Read More

Arrange Photos In Your Facebook Post When Uploading Them From Your Phone

The photos we share on Facebook make up a huge part of how we interact with other people on the social network. Take the ability to post photos away from Facebook and you'd be left wondering what to there. Facebook knows just how important photos are and it makes a deliberate effort to give us a great photo sharing experience. It also buys apps like Instagram to make sure it owns all your photos. Photo sharing is of course a feature everyone uses and if you often post photos from your smartphone you might wonder how you can post them in the right order (appetizer, main course, drinks, and dessert). The Facebook app lets you arrange them easily whether you're posting them for the first time or editing a post after sharing them. Here's how. Read More

Add Comic Book Style Text And Speech Bubbles To Your Photos [iOS]

Adding text to photos is possibly the second most popular type of edits people make, second of course to applying filters. There are some exceptionally popular apps like Over and Photolettering that are popular because they give users wonderful fonts and complete control for playing with typography. Fork is a new app and social network that lets you add speech bubbles and comic book style elements to photos. The app aims to give photos a more comic-book like feel and comes with the stickers to boot. Here's a look at all the app has to offer. Read More

Get Guided On-Screen Instructions To Compose A Better Photo

The rule of thirds is a fairly popular rule that people can easily learn to compose better photos. There are of course other layout rules and options that you can try but knowing a rule often isn't enough to compose a good photo. You must have some understanding of how to position the main object. Camera51 is a free iOS and Android app that comes to the rescue; it provides an on-screen guide to help you frame all objects you want in a photo such that you have a nicely composed photo in the end. It's incredibly easy to use and can serve as a good learning tool. Read More

Draw On Photos Before Sharing Them Over Facebook Messenger [iOS]

When Facebook Messenger was first released, it was seen as an attempt on Facebook's part to try and get its hands on everyone's contacts. Whether that was the case or not, Facebook Messenger, despite the harsh criticism it received when it was unveiled, has become very popular. It's now come to the point where apps are being developed to go with the Facebook Messenger app on your phone. Drawl for Messenger is a free iOS app built for just that purpose. It lets you draw on photos before you send them via Facebook Messenger. Read More

EXIF ReName Extracts Date & Time Information To Rename Photos [Windows]

Phones have become the de-facto cameras for many people and as we all know, phones have become smart. If it were only a matter of photos staying on a phone, iOS users might never need to organize them since the default app does it so well but we're not all iOS users. We don't all use phones to take pictures, and not everyone has an app that organizes photos well. EXIF ReName is a Windows application that renames files and that is probably not very impressive since countless applications do that as well. What makes EXIF ReName useful is that it can read the EXIF data on your phone and use it when renaming files. Specifically, this application can read the date and time when the photo was captured and rename files using that information. The photos can be renamed using just the date or you can add text before or after the date to organize them better. Read More