MacMost Now 682: iPhoto for iOS

The new iPhoto app for the iPhone and iPad allows you to adjust and apply effects to photos. You can also share your photos in a variety of ways.

Video Transcript
Hi, this is Gary of MacMost Now. On today's episode, let's take a look at the new iPhoto for iOS. So the iPhoto app; you get in the app store and costs five dollars currently. Once you get it, you can run it; you have access to all of the photos, the stuff in your camera roll; as well as any objects you've loaded. So it appears you have everything that you can get using the default photos app. iPhoto doesn't replace the photos app, that's still there. It still works the same way. It's just an additional app. So let's turn the iPad horizontal, for a better look. And, let's go in and select a photo. I went to one of my albums here, and select the skyline photo here. Now, I've got the edit button in the upper right hand corner selected so all the controls on the bottom are for editing. I can turn that off and I'm just viewing the photo. Turn it back on again, and we can go browse through the editing tools. So, to move through them quickly, we've got your cropping tool here, which allows you not only to crop the photo, but also to rotate using the spinner here at the bottom. There's an undo button here at the top and we can use that to undo all of our changes. Now we can go to the second tool here. Now, when you wanna know the names of any of these tools, press the question mark button at the top of the screen. This gives you all of this information about everything you're going to see on the screen here. So, for instance, we can see this, the exposure tool here, and when we select it, we can see all the different things we can do with exposure tool. Here I can drag the brightness control, adjust the visual contrast here at the bottom, highlights, and shadows. So it gives really good visual interface here at the bottom. We can undo all this. Now, go here to the color tool. We have various tools here at the bottom that we can adjust as well. There's tons of stuff you can play with and including white balance here, which allows you to change the white balance from all sorts of different things. You can look at just the tools here and you can see there's a whole bunch of different ones, and we can select one and then paint with it. So, for instance, if we wanted to, desaturate some things here, we select that tool and you can see select at the bottom, and I can rub my finger over, rubbing over the bottom part of the screen here. And you can see it gradually desaturating the grass at the bottom of the screen, removing a lot of the green. And as I continue to rub back and forth with my fingertip, I can see it desaturating the bottom there. You can see it dramatically here when I undo the change. You can see I've taken away that desaturation. But then you also have a variety of affects here. We can select and comes out in this little cool interface. And I can select say, vintage here, and they're all at the bottom, and I can see, which one I wanna use. So, I can select a sixties look or saturated film, or chrome, all sorts of neat things. And I could add a vignette so it's kind of, changes what area is affected. And of course at the bottom, you've got an auto enhance button there. Which will apply a variety of effects, depending on what it thinks the photo needs. You can rotate it, you could flag or mark as a favorite. Any photo, um, and then we could also zoom in and out of the photo, as you would expect, normally. I could use the buttons at the bottom to go to the next photo, the previous photo, go through them all. I can also use the settings here to do things like set something as a key photo for an album. Um, I could copy and paste effects from one photo to another. I can also select multiple, so now it allows me to go on to the left here and select four things, say, and now that I've selected them, hit done at the top and now you can see I've got all four photos selected at the same time. And I can do some things to them like mark them all as favorite or flag them. I can use the "i" button in the upper right to get info on the photos, even add comments, and you can do that for Facebook and Flicker separately. And I can look here at all the different things here. If this photo had geo location information it would also be displayed here. Now, if I go back to albums, I'll see that in addition to the camera roll and all the other albums that I've saved from my computer, you can view all the photos, I can view vignettes. If I have sick damage from my mac, which I haven't, I can also, wanna go back to albums here. See how I've got a folder of edited photos, it's going to remember that I've edited photos. Um, and it'll save them here in a special album that I'll see so that I can continue working with the photos. So I should point out that it looks a little different if you play with it on the iPhone. So here on the iPhone, you can see we've got a slightly different interface with the buttons at the bottom. I can select an album here, and you can see there's just not enough room to splay a lot of different things. So I can bring up that same photo, edit it, and we've got the same basic features here, as far as I can tell, but it's just a little harder to see them all at once. So for instance, I can bring up these effects next here. They're the same ones. And I can apply them. I can undo and I've got all the same features, they're just slightly different about, where they appear. Now, there are a ton of sharing options. You see there, I could go back to my camera roll, so in other words, save a copy with my edits in it. I could share via iTunes, the documents sharing feature and you sync. I could email something. I could beam an edited photo between two iOS devices, both running iPhoto. You just use that feature there. Then the other one, running iPhoto will appear, and I can send the photo to it over the WiFi network. I can air print and I could go to services like Twitter, Flicker, and Facebook. And I could create a slideshow. Also, you notice the first one is the journal feature, but we'll take a look at the journal feature in the next episode. Thanks for watching.

Comments: 14 Responses to “MacMost Now 682: iPhoto for iOS”

    Daniel A Cowan
    3/13/12 @ 6:39 pm

    My big question before I buy iPhoto for the iPad is what happens when you sync with iTunes. Does iPhoto for OsX receive the edits to the photo’s you made in iOs iPhoto. What about album creation and tags are they synced also?

      3/14/12 @ 10:47 am

      It does not appear that iPhoto for Mac gets the edits when you sync. You would need to use the Share button in iPhoto for iOS, then share to your Camera Roll. Then that new photo can be imported into iPhoto for Mac.
      You don’t create albums in iPhoto. You edit photos. You can create Albums in the “Photos” app — and that works the same as it did before. No change.

        Daniel Cowan
        3/14/12 @ 1:45 pm

        Thanks for the feed back; I think it would be nice if there was a better integration between the two product offerings, but the solution you propose is a viable work around, I just wish it was more automatic.

    Leo Kostizen
    3/15/12 @ 9:28 am

    What about Aperture 3 users? Can pictures from Aperture be imported into iOS iPhoto? How about vise versa? iOS iPhoto can publish to a web pageā€”is that similar to the Gallery in MobleMe?

      3/15/12 @ 9:41 am

      Pictures from Aperture can go to your iOS device just as pictures from iPhoto (Mac) can. So the functionality should be the same whether you use iPhoto on your Mac or Aperture.
      For publishing to the web, see the very next video (episode 683)

    3/15/12 @ 1:47 pm

    If I buy the iPad app, do I have to buy the iPhone app as well? I have mostly free apps so it has not mattered, but when there are different versions for iPad and iPhone, I am not sure what to do.

      3/15/12 @ 2:27 pm

      No. Like with any app that is “for iPhone and iPad” you buy it once and then can install it on any iOS devices that use your Apple ID. In this case there is a single iPhoto app that works on both iPad and iPhone.

    3/20/12 @ 12:19 am

    Can I arrange photos within albums or events on the ipad2 using photos or the iPhoto app.
    Can you also do this journals. I haven’t been able to yet.

      3/20/12 @ 6:39 am

      You can arrange your photos into albums in the Photos app. As for Journals, see the very next episode (683).

        3/20/12 @ 4:36 pm

        Thanks, i understand the journals but on the iphone or iPad i am not able to arrange the pictures that are -already- in albums. is this possible?

        on the iMac i can do this but not on the iPad. perhaps i am missing something

          3/20/12 @ 4:45 pm

          Those albums are created in iPhoto on the Mac. You can’t alter them on the iPad because they “belong” to your iPhoto library collection on your Mac. You can imagine the chaos that could easily be created if you could alter them in both places — you’d change then on your iPad and then they would need to sync to your Mac. But if you change them in both places, which one is right?
          So just arrange all of your albums on your Mac. You can use the Photos app (not iPhoto) to create new albums, just not alter the Mac ones.

            3/20/12 @ 7:17 pm

            thank you very much.

    3/25/12 @ 4:44 pm

    Before buying this app can the app upload photos to twitter and facebook?

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