Word to the wise: Don’t take Apple Photos for granted! Photos might be easy to use and even easier to overlook because it arrives preinstalled on your iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and iMac, but Apple’s native photo app is anything but basic. Particularly in its latest releases for iOS 12 and Mojave OS, Photos offers powerful photo editing and organization tools. The desktop version also integrates seamlessly with Motif, a custom photo book extension. As you give Apple Photos a closer look, try these five tips to maximize your use of the app.
1. Enjoy on-the-go access to your entire photo library
Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac computer(s) form a little photography ecosystem. Once you’ve set up an iCloud photo library that connects all of your devices with a single iCloud account, you’ll be able to access any photo in the library from any of your devices. The days of downloading pictures from your phone to your computer are gone, and that pic from your grandmother’s 90th birthday or that incredible honeymoon trip is always at your fingertips. Relatively inexpensive iCloud storage plans also provide peace of mind when it comes to backing up your photos.
2. Find any photo—fast
You already know Apple Photos does an amazing job of organizing your photos by date and location (the EXIF data built into each photo comes in handy). But the app’s search function is powerful and fun to use, too. Search for “museum,” “flower,” or “cat,” and Photos will return relevant search results. Say you’re looking for photos from Thanksgivings past. A simple search for the holiday will return the images you want, removing the need to scroll through hundreds of photos by date. You can even use Siri to search.
3. Swap photos with ease
Remember the days of trying to locate files in your folders to attach them to emails? And then worrying about whether the attachments would be too large for your recipient? Sometimes photos never reached their destinations or you’d be forced to send low-resolution images—Photos eliminates these hassles. A couple of clicks and you can text, email, or AirDrop your images, depending on your wishes and, in the case of AirDrop, the proximity of your recipient. iOS 12 also added the ability to send a collection of photos via an iCloud photo link that lasts 30 days. This makes it possible to send multiple photos or large files in a single text or email.
4. Edit photos whenever, wherever you go
The Mojave OS version of Apple Photos offers a comprehensive photo editing experience with color and lighting correction tools rivaling those of any amateur editing software. The iPhone/iPad version of Photos is ideal for quick edits whenever you have a few minutes to cull through shots, straighten photos, make crops, etc. As you play with Apple Photos’ tools, try these editing tips to make your photos look more professional.
4. Create custom photo books, cards, and calendars
Apple Photos works with photo extension apps to increase its power. Motif is an Apple OS photo extension that allows you to preserve your favorite memories and tell your family’s story with ease. Motif connects directly to the desktop version Photos—to get started on your custom photo gift, simply select your album and click “Create,” selecting the product of your choice.
Using advanced autoflow technology, Motif prepopulates your project with recommended photos, ensuring your book doesn’t contain duplicates. Once this “first draft” is complete, you can tweak photo placement and add text and other personal touches. The final physical product is an heirloom-quality album your family will enjoy for generations to come.These tips only scratch the surface of Apple Photos—especially when the app is used in conjunction with Motif. Have fun creating your first photo book with Motif!