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iOS Tip 141 - Take Photos While Shooting Video

A small but so very handy feature in iOS ...

This is easy when you know how. It's also another case of being vaguely aware of a feature but only really finding it by accident. Go shoot some video and look at the controls on your screen. Or just take a look at this screen grab from our adventures in filmmaking this weekend.

Underneath the familiar red video button on the right hand side, there is a white button in a white circle. It's at bottom when you hold your iPhone horizontally like a professional and/or normal person, and it's bottom left when you shoot with your phone pointing upwards.

Tap that white button and you take a photo. It's as simple as that: tap it as often as you like and your iPhone will take a still photo even as it continues to shoot video. It is handy and we've used it a lot but it is not your iPhone using the camera lens for two purposes at once. It's really your iPhone saving a frame of the video.

In many ways this doesn't make a difference: it's a good photo taken during the videoing. However, video shoots at a different frame size, the physical size of the image is smaller. Compare these two shots: on the left, a view snapped during filming and one the right, the same view on the iPhone's regular Photo setting.

So there's a difference and it may even be enough to stop you using this feature. Yet as a way of getting reference stills during your filming, and as a way of getting a great photo from exactly the same vantage point as your video camera, it's handy.

iOS Tip 99 - Photos Editing

Access Specific Editing Tools in Photos

Though not an official iOS tip, so many of us use iPad or iPhone for photo taking and then import and edit on a Mac I thought this "tip" would be very helpful.

The editing view in Photos (on your Mac) presents several tools: Enhance, Rotate, Crop, Filters, Adjust, and Retouch. Of these, the Adjust tool gives you the most specific controls for changing lighting and color. Initially, though, the Adjust tools include just single sliders for Light, Color, and Black & White. You can Bring up editing tools that are normally hidden.

To access controls that are more specific, click the down-pointing arrow that appears when you move the mouse pointer over the top-right edge of a slider. That action exposes the components of each adjustment, such as Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, and more.

Even more adjustments are available if you know where to find them. Click the Add button to reveal a pop-up menu of other controls, such as Vignette, White Balance, Histogram, and Levels.

iPhone Tip 59: Undelete Photos

Didn't mean to delete that photo from your phone (or iPad)? Open photos, select All Photos, then tap on Albums (at the bottom), scroll down to Recently Deleted and select the photo(s) you want to recover. You'll also see the number of days until the photos are permanently deleted from your device. To make sure you never lose your photos back your device up to iTunes (see Tip #40) or use an online service like Backblaze.

iPad Tip 52 - Add Quick Photos and Videos to Messages

Messages has been able to handle images and videos since the days of iPhone OS 3, but it took Apple until iOS 8 to get it right. Tap the camera icon and you’ll instantly get access to your entire photo library without needing to leave the composing window. You’ll also have the option to take and add a new photo or video to the message you’re composing.