How to use iOS 11’s new Live Photos effects


iOS 11 brings some neat new editing features to Live Photos,
but the good news is that you can edit those same Live Photos,
with the same new filters and effect, on an iPad. Let’s take a

Set the keyframe in iOS 11 Live Photos

First, the easiest way to find Live Photos in your library is
to head to the Live Photos album in Photos. Then, tap
one of those photos to view it. Just like in previous versions
of iOS, you can long-press on the photo to play the video clip
that was capture with it.

With Live Photos new key-photo settings, you can go back in time.With Live Photos new key-photo
settings, you can go back in time.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Live Photos capture a snippet of video to either side of the
picture you took, to give a kind of Harry-Potter-esque moving
moment. It’s a little gimmicky now, but in 20 years, when you
look back on these pictures, then the extra life added to
portraits is going to be amazing. Until then, we can be content
with some extra gimmicks on top.

For instance, did you ever miss the
decisive moment in a photo? Whatever you wanted to snap took
place just before you tapped the shutter? Now you can
use Live Photos to go back in time. Just tap the edit
and you’ll see a new scrubber at the bottom of
the screen. It looks like the one used to edit videos, and
works in much the same way. You can set the in and out points
of the animation, cutting it short if you like (and this is
fully reversible at any time in the future, unlike video which
forces you to save a new copy). But the real clever trick is
that you can now set a new keyframe. That’s right, you can pick
a still frame from before you took the photo. If you
missed the perfect expression in an unrepeatable photo, you can
wind back the clock to when out happened.

Add effects

To add
effects to your Live Photos, just swipe up on the image and
you’ll see the three new animation options. These are Loop,
Bounce, and Long Exposure. These are in addition to the default
Live Photos filter. They do pretty much what they say, either
putting the clip pin an endless loop, or ping-ponging the video
back and forth. Unlike the standard Live Photos view, which
only activates the animation when you press the screen, these
keep playing all the time. And once they’ve been animated like
this, the edited photos show up in the new Animated smart album
in Photos.

The final
effect is Long Exposure, which works best with pictures that
are mostly unmoving. What it does is to ignore the parts that
stay still, and blur the parts that move. The classic photos
taken with long exposure are water flowing over rocks, or the
blurred taillights of cars in the night. Now you don’t need a
tripod to do these. You just snap the a Live Photo, and let the
filter do its magic.

The nice
thing is that you can snap these Live Photos on your iPhone,
and edit on the bigger screen of the iPad. That’s one of the
coolest things about macOS and iOS these days — they all work
almost seamlessly together, so you can use each device for
whatever it’s best suited to.


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