Remote Shutter Release for your iDevice

Many photo sharing sites have noted that the iPhone is the camera used most often to take the pictures published on their sites. Despite owning a nice DSLR, my iPhone accounts for over 90% of the photos I post online. There’s nothing handier than the camera you have with you all the time.

When trying to capture low-light shots, there are times I wish I had a remote shutter release. Even when taking photos with lots of light, there are times when I find it hard to hold the camera still while simultaneously taking the picture using only one hand.

The iPhone ear buds can be used as a remote shutter release. While in the Camera app, press either of the up/down volume buttons to take a photo.

Shutter Release

This also works on an iPad and iPod touch. Check it out!

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iOS 6: Organize Your Camera Roll Photos into Albums

By many accounts, the iPhone is the world’s most popular camera for taking photos and posting on-line. If you’re like a lot of people, your Camera Roll (the collection of photos you’ve kept on your iPhone) has gotten so overgrown, it’s hard to find the photos you’re interested in. Did you know you can organize the photos in your camera roll into albums?

1. Launch the Photos app (Not the Camera app) and select the Camera Roll.

2. Tap on the Edit button on the upper right hand corner and tap on all the photos you want to assemble into an album.

Create Photo Album

3. When you’re finished selecting photos, tap on the Add To button, then select Add to New Album. Next, enter a name for the album, then press Save.

If you wish to add photos to an existing album, follow the same steps but choose Add to Existing Album instead.A photo may belong to more than one album. 

You can delete photos from an album at any time. This will not delete them from the Camera Roll. However, if you delete a photo from the Camera Roll, it will also delete them from all albums.

Note: Prior to iOS 6, the process is the same but the position and style of some of the buttons may be different.

A Quicker Way to Post to facebook or Twitter

iOS 6 offers a faster way to tweet or post a facebook status update without the need to bring up the respective applications. This can save time. I’ve also found that posting this way seems to take less “cellular resources” when I’ve got a questionable connection. When I’m in Yosemite competing for an over subscribed data connection, I’ve found my status updates are more likely to get through. 

Bring up Notification screen by swiping from the top down on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. At the top of the screen, you’ll see Tap to Tweet and Tap to Post. (If you don’t, I’ll explain why below and how to .)

Tap to Post

 

At the top of the screen are two buttons for posting to Twitter and facebook. 

Posting from Notification Screen

 

If you don’t see either of these posting options, it’s likely because you haven’t signed into these accounts via iOS 6. To sign in, go to Settings > Facebook and/or Settings > Twitter and log into your accounts.

iOS 6: Emailing a photo just got easier…

Prior to iOS 6, the process of emailing a photo required you to start in the Photos application and email the photo from there. You couldn’t do it from within the Mail application. iOS 6 changes this.

When composing an email on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, double tap in the body of the message. The familiar option bar (Select | Select All | Paste, etc.) will appear. A new choice has been added – Insert Photo or Video. (On the iPhone/iPod, tap on the arrow on the far right of the option bar to get to this option.)

Insert Photo

Tap on Insert Photo or Video and you’ll be taken to Photos. Select the photo or video you want to attach. Repeat this step if you want to attach more than one photo or video.

Forward Text Messages…

Have you ever wanted to forward a text message you’ve received from someone else? There’s a built-in option on the Messages app to let you forward a text message.

On the iPhone/iPod touch:

1. Go to the text message thread that contains the message you want to forward.

2. Press the Edit button in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

3. Select the message(s) you want to forward by tapping the circle on the left hand side of the message.

Forward text message 1

 

4. Press the Forward button on the lower right hand corner of the screen.

Forward text message 3

5. Enter the recipient(s) for the new text and press Send.

 

On the iPad:

1. Go to the text message thread that contains the message you want to forward.

2. Press the box with the arrow in the upper right hand corner of the iPad screen.

3. Select the message(s) you want to forward by tapping the circle on the left hand side of the message.

Forward text message 2

4. Press the Forward button on the lower right hand corner of the screen.

5. Enter the recipient(s) for the new text and press Send.

 

You can also copy the contents of a text message by pressing and holding until the Copy button appears…

Forward text message 4

…but this only works if you want to forward a single item and not multiple components of a text thread.