If you own an iPhone, or pretty much any other smartphone, it’s likely to be your go-to camera, always in your pocket ready to go. The iPhone camera is quick and simple to use, and you won’t have a problem snapping dozens of pictures at any given opportunity —but problems start when you eventually want to organize the pile of digital pictures you’ve amassed.
With phone cameras getting better, storage prices coming down, and social media sharing now easier than ever, there are few limits when it comes to the number of pictures you can take. If you’re not careful though, your iPhone photo library can quickly become an unwieldy mess. That’s what we’re here to prevent.
You probably don’t want to lose days to organizing your iPhone photos (and videos), but there are some simple, relatively quick steps you can take to keep everything in order. For the purposes of this guide we’re going to assume you’re using Apple’s own iCloud Photos to keep everything backed up, though of course alternatives are available (including Dropbox and Google Photos).
We’re also going to concentrate on steps you can do on your phone. In iCloud Photos, you can perform the same tasks in more or less the same way on macOS or iPadOS if you prefer to work on a larger screen. You can also access a limited number of functions via iCloud on the web.
Check your library
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First of all, make sure everything is working as it should: Open Settings on your iPhone, tap the name at the top, then tap iCloud and Photos to make sure everything is being synced as it should be (the iCloud Photos toggle switch should be turned on). You get 5GB for free, and everything else needs to be paid for.
Open up the Photos app to see your library, which might be extensive. If you spot individual images that you can live without, press and hold on them and choose Delete from Library from the menu that pops up. To wipe more than one picture at once, tap Select (top right), make your selection, then tap the trash can icon.
To make it slightly easier to see pictures that you might want to get rid of, tap the three dots (top right), then choose Filters. You can, for example, hide all the videos so you’ve only got photos on screen. It’s also possible to only show pictures that have been edited, if you want to clear out everything except original images. There’s a Show Map option on the same menu if you’d like to delete pictures by place.
Set up some albums
Albums can make your photo library much easier to get around, and iCloud Photos actually makes automatic albums for you. Tap Albums and scroll down to see them: Screenshots is one folder of pictures that you might want to wipe on a regular basis, for example, assuming you don’t want to keep them for posterity.
To make an album of your own, tap the + (plus) icon in the top left corner, then choose New Album. You’ll be asked to give your album a name, and then asked to select the images to put into it. You can also choose New Folder instead of New Album: Folders can hold multiple albums, so they’re a way of adding some more structure and a proper hierarchy to your photo library.
Adding photos to albums means a little bit more work in terms of organization (either when you take the images or sometime later), but it can save you a lot of time when you need to find pictures again, or delete a certain group of images. To delete an album (which won’t erase the pictures inside it), tap Albums, then See All, then Edit.
Look for specific people
The Photos app on your iPhone tries to identify faces in your pictures, which can save you a significant amount of time and effort when it comes to looking for particular photos—whether you want to favorite them or erase them. From the Photos app, tap Albums and then People to see the faces that the app has identified.
Tap on a face to see all of the pictures of that person stored in your library. You can give a specific name to a person by tapping on the Add Name button at the top of the screen. You can also tap the three dots (top right) and then Review Confirmed Photos to make sure this particular person is being matched with the right images.
You can tag faces in pictures if Photos hasn’t done it for you. Open the image in question in the Photos app, tap the info button at the bottom (the “i” inside a circle), select the face you want to tag, then select Tag with Name. Faces that the app has identified should be shown in a series of small thumbnails ready for selection.
Free up internal storage
With your precious photos safely syncing to the cloud, you don’t necessarily need full size versions of these pictures taking up room on your iPhone. Open Settings in iOS, then tap Photos and Optimize iPhone Storage to give your smartphone permission to only keep low-resolution copies of pictures on your actual device.
This setting only starts being put into action when your iPhone is running out of room in terms of internal storage, and the original, full resolution copies of your pictures are safe and sound on the iCloud servers. Whenever you need to get the original photos back, they’re only a quick download away.
Your iPhone is actually quite smart when it comes to deciding which photos (and videos) to compress. Once space starts running out, it’ll optimize the files you access least first—chances are you might never notice that certain pictures are no longer being stored locally in their full resolution.
Check individual app settings
You may not want images from your other apps taking up room in your iCloud Photos library, especially GIFs that you’ve posted to your group chats and pictures that you’ve snapped and then sent through a third-party app—which might result in you ending up with two copies of the same image.
It’s a good idea to hunt through the various apps you have installed on your iPhone to make sure that images and videos aren’t being saved unless you want them to. We can’t cover all of the individual apps you might have installed, but the setting shouldn’t be too difficult to find: Image editing and instant messaging apps are good places to start.
In WhatsApp, for example, tap Settings, then Chats, then turn the Save to Camera Roll toggle switch to off—this ensures that pictures you get sent through the app aren’t automatically saved to your device, and from there uploaded to iCloud (where they can quickly clutter up your carefully curated library).
Sync photos from everywhere
You’re going to want to sync photos to and from your iPhone, as that’s the device that’s going to be doing most of the photo taking, but there might be times when you want to add pictures from other sources. If you have a Mac, you can import photos from other locations (like memory cards) by choosing File and Import. These files are then synced to your iPhone too.
If you do a lot of your photo management on Windows, then give iCloud for Windows a look: It’s pretty basic in terms of its functionality, but it does make it easy to drag and drop photos into your iCloud Photos library and sync them to the rest of your devices. Images can also be uploaded from certain folders automatically.
Images can be uploaded from just about anywhere via iCloud on the web as well, and there’s an import option available right on your iPhone too: You just need to attach a camera adapter or card reader into the Lightning connector on the phone, and when you next open the Photos app, an import option should appear.
High school students in the late 1970s. (Photo by Fred Ross/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
The connection between computer technology and education began early on. In fact, when computers first came on the scene, there were many experts that believed that only universities and the military would ever use the modern invention.
Yet by the 1970s, computers had found their way into high schools and dedicated computer science cases were added to the curriculum across the country. Leading this push for computer education at the high school level were two main factors … the Cold War and Steve Jobs. Let’s take a look at high school computer science classes of the 1970s in this collection of colorized photos.
Mainframes and Punch Cards
By the end of the 1970s, computers had come a long way from mainframes and punch cards, as this colorized photo shows. (historyextra.com)
If your high school was affluent enough, students may have had a room-sized IBM mainframe computer for rudimentary computer programming classes. Students wrote their own programs which were transferred onto a stack of punch cards that the students rubber-banded together and turned in to the teacher. The teacher would run the punch cards through the IBM mainframe and assign you a grade based on whether the program worked or not. It was a frustrating and cumbersome ordeal, but these students were the lucky ones. The majority of high schools didn’t have computers for their students to use.
Keeping Up With Our Cold War Rivals
Check out that “Star Wars” poster in the back of this colorized pic from 1978. (aadl.org)
In the heat of the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in an unofficial war of technology. To keep ahead of our political rivals, the greatest minds in the U.S. worked to advance technology and create new innovations. But some experts feared American students were in danger of falling behind. If we didn’t start to get high schoolers interested in technology, it was feared, the Soviets could pass us up with their technological superiority.
Description English: A very large camera designed by George R. Lawrence (1868-1938) and used to photograph a train of the Chicago & Alton railroad on the Chicago-St. Louis line for the 1900 Paris Exhibition. – After the French Consul General had inspected the camera and enormous glass plate, Lawrence was awarded the Grand Prize of the World for Photographic Excellence at the Paris Exposition of 1900 for his 8 x 4 1/2 foot photograph of the Alton Limited train, promoted as The Largest Photograph in the World of the Handsomest Train in the World. Date 1900 Source Historic photo via http://www.fotoart.gr/istoria/onephotoonestory/giantcamera.htm Author George Raymond Lawrence
We’ve all seen momma ducks with 20 to 30 ducklings trailing behind her, but have you seen one with over 70 offspring in her care? If you haven’t, meet “Mama Merganser,” the super duck mom caring for 76 ducklings!
One windy afternoon on July 16, 2018, wildlife photographer Brent Cizek headed for a scouting excursion on Lake Bemidji, Minnesota, with just one camera and one lens with him.
He had initially intended to capture a photo of a mallard he had seen the day before, but he didn’t expect to snap something far more special.
As he motored toward the boat slip, Brent spotted something in the river: a female Common Merganser surrounded by over 50 ducklings. As he watched, the little mergansers formed a line behind their mom and began swimming away.
The scene was too remarkable to pass up, so Brent got into action.
“I probably shot 50 pictures, and I was just praying that one was going to turn out sharp because the waves were so strong it was nearly impossible to even keep them in the frame,” he recalled at the time.
Making things more complicated was that he had to alternate between maneuvering his trolling motor and snapping photos with his camera. Luckily for him, just one picture turned out.Twitter
At home, Brent counted at least 50 ducklings in the photo. But during subsequent visits to the lake, he saw as many as 76 paddling behind Mama Merganser.
50 and 76 ducklings are definitely on the high-end, but large groups like this are actually pretty common, according to Kenn Kaufman, field editor for Audubon.
Female ducks have an interesting habit of leaving a few of their eggs in the nests of other ducks. They will have a nest of their own but will make their way over to another nest or two to lay a few eggs there.
Most of the time, mother ducks will drop off their eggs in the nests of other ducks of the same species, but sometimes they’re also known to lay their eggs in the nests of other duck species.
There’s no clear explanation behind this practice, but experts think it has to do with preservation. For example, in case a duck’s own nest is destroyed, she will still have more offspring being safely incubated in other nests.
Not putting all their eggs in one basket is sort of a reproductive insurance policy for these ducks.
This behavior doesn’t completely explain what Brent captured, though, because ducks can only successfully incubate a limited number of eggs. Female ducks lay about a dozen eggs and can only warm up to 20. Having more than that will be too much for them to handle.
Their theory is that this particular merganser picked up several dozen ducklings that strayed away from their mothers.
Adult ducks can’t identify which birds are theirs, and the ducklings that have already imprinted on their biological mothers will start to follow another Common Merganser who looks like mom.
Kristian Laine was free diving near Lady Elliot Island in Australia, hoping to get a few good photos of the diverse sea creatures who call the Great Barrier Reef home.
He had no idea that he was about to get the luckiest shot a photographer could ask for.
Pink manta ray spotted off Lady Elliot Island
Laine spotted six male manta rays chasing a female, known as a manta train, so he held his breath and dove down. Looking through the viewfinder of his camera, he focused on something unusual. One of the mantas leading the chase wasn’t black or white — he was bright pink.
“I was looking through the viewfinder and locked eyes with it,” Laine told The Dodo. “Only when I fired my strobes to take a photo I noticed its pink color. I had no idea there were any pink mantas in the world so I was confused and thought my strobes were broken or doing something weird.”
Pink manta ray named Inspector Clouseau
Laine was pretty sure that his camera was malfunctioning, but he decided to follow the train and snap a few more shots of the special ray. And the rosy manta didn’t seem to mind the attention: “He was extremely calm,” Laine said. “I remember looking into its eyes and it was almost like he was smiling or at least very friendly.”
The whole interaction only lasted about a half hour but would change Laine’s life forever. “I felt a connection there,” he added.
When Laine returned to land, he came across a photo of the area’s most famous and reclusive inhabitant — a bubblegum pink manta named Inspector Clouseau.
“I rushed back to check in my camera,” Laine said. “My jaw dropped when I realized what I had just witnessed.
Pink manta ray spotted in Australia
Inspector Clouseau was first spotted in 2015, sparking debates as to what exactly gives him his rosy hue. A skin biopsy of the ray in 2016 ruled out any infection or irregularities in diet causing the color, National Geographic reported.
Scientists’ current theory is that the color is caused by a rare genetic mutation, such as erythrism, which causes an abnormal redness in an animal’s skin, fur or feathers, according to National Geographic. Or, in this case, a pinkness.
Pink manta ray pursuing a mate
The 11-foot manta seems to be doing just fine, despite standing out from the crowd. And if he’s successful in his courtship, we may see more pink mantas in the next few years.
But for now, Inspector Clouseau is wowing the world — one diver at a time. “It’s pretty humbling and I feel extremely lucky,” Laine said. “It was a pretty special day for me.”
When we think of polar bears, we automatically picture them in the Arctic, surrounded by snowy and icy landscapes. This image has been deeply ingrained in our minds that it’s hard to imagine these furry giants in any other environment.
The North experiences changing seasons, too. And as summer arrives, polar bears come out and start having their fun. Luckily, wildlife and nature photographer Dennis Fast captured these beautiful moments for the world to see. He was staying in the lodges operated by Churchill Wild in Manitoba, Canada, when he took the incredibly rare images.
In the pictures, the polar bears in Northern Canada’s Hudson Bay are seen rolling around the brightly colored fields of fireweed. When they’re not in the mood for play, the bears are content just lounging and napping in the pink fields, as if they, too, were savoring the warmth of the summer. Some of the most adorable shots feature one polar bear with his head poking out a sea of pink flowers!
It’s amazing to see the silly antics they get themselves into once the sun comes out. Their cute appearance almost makes us forget that they can attack humans when they’re approached the wrong way!
In an interview with Modern Met, Dennis shared why polar bears are his most beloved subjects.
“[I] t’s not just their color that makes them a favorite target of my camera,” he said. “They have a slow, ambling gait as they drift about looking for anything that moves. It looks like they don’t have a care in the world and that there is nothing they are afraid of. It’s not arrogance, exactly, but a quiet confidence that we often respect in humans, and that translates well to the polar bear.”
Once early autumn arrives, the polar bears will wait for the ice to reform in the bay so they can go back to their winter hunting grounds. In the meantime, they get the chance to enjoy the warmth of the sunshine and these blossoming fields!
Scroll through the gallery below to see more of this Canadian photographer’s rare shots of polar bears enjoying the summer.
Check out Dennis Fast’s books Princess: A Special Polar Bear, Touch the Arctic, Wapusk: White Bear of the North, and The Land Where the Sky Begins to see more of his brilliant work.
Over 1,500 amateur and professional photographers from around the world entered this year’s International Cat Care (iCatCare) photography competition held in collaboration with Your Cat Magazine, with the hope of featuring in the charity’s popular fundraising calendar.
With a theme of ‘Cat-Human Relationships’ the judges from iCatCare, Your Cat Magazine and Ceva were looking to celebrate the incredible bond between humans have with cats and the many different forms it can take.
From veterinarian staff dedicated to their feline patients to delightful cat-child connections and memorable street cat encounters, the entries submitted offered a unique window into some truly incredible relationships between humans and cats.
To see the photos and follow the contest continue here at Katzenworld…
Christmas is the season to have some festive fun and try your hand at a Christmas cat movie. Nubia is already road-testing cat toys for Katzenworld, and I wonder if you know how easy it would be to film your own cat at Christmas? Let’s find out!
Don’t worry about being an ‘expert’ at making movies on your smartphone, just grab a coffee or a glass of wine and check out these cool tips for making your own Christmas cat movie.
Neil Aldridge’s image of a blindfolded young white rhino, which was sedated for transport to preserve it from poachers, features in the book. The price of rhino horn on the black market is more valuable by weight than gold, diamonds or cocaine, according to a study NEIL ALDRIDGE/photographersagainstwildlifecrime.com
At the beginning of the 20th century, half a million rhinos roamed Africa. Today, there are fewer than 5,000. In 2007, 13 rhinos were poached; since 2013, more than 1,000 have been killed each year. Overwhelmingly, their horns end up on the Chinese and Vietnamese market, where a burgeoning elite views rhino products as an elixir for all manner of ills, or as an ornamental trinket—the ultimate status symbol.
Rhinos are the most iconic of a host of endangered species driven to extinction by such rampant black markets. Pangolins, the only mammal with scales, are frequently found roasted and served in restaurants across East Asia. Black bears are farmed for their bile, which is extracted for use in traditional medicines, while shark fins and turtles are turned into soup. More than 6,000 tigers are held in captivity in China today—before their skeletons are soaked in rice wine and sold to the elite.
This has posed a challenge to some of the world’s most celebrated wildlife photographers. Should their practice and livelihood change as the animals they spend their careers capturing teeter on the brink of extinction?
“Magazines shy away from publishing such imagery. It doesn’t sell well”
A new collective, Photographers Against Wildlife Crime, has formed to address this question and to confront the nation primarily connected to this horrific rise in poaching: China. Co-founded by the award-winning photographer Britta Jaschinski, the group includes some of the most renowned wildlife photographers in the world, including Adrian Steirn, Brent Stirton and Brian Skerry. It was formed in part due to wildlife crime’s lack of visibility in Western publications, Jaschinski says.
“Millions of animals are caught and harvested from the wild and sold in China as food, pets, tourist curios, trophies and for use in traditional Chinese medicine,” she says, adding that the issue doesn’t get the column inches it deserves. “The subject is so upsetting for a lot of people that magazines shy away from publishing such imagery,” Jaschinski adds. “It doesn’t sell well.”
Reaching the target audience
Together, Jaschinski and her colleagues crowdfunded and self-published a collection of their photographs alongside contemporary reporting on the issues behind wildlife crime. The book was initially published in English and quickly sold out. “But we realised we weren’t reaching the target audience that really mattered,” Jaschinski says.
Working in conjunction with a Chinese printer based in London, Jaschinski and her team have translated the book into Mandarin. After months of negotiating with the authorities, they are now in the process of distributing the book across the Chinese mainland.
The book is the first of its kind to be created specifically for a Chinese audience, and explicitly sets out to end the demand for wildlife products in China. It will be launched across the country in July and August, actively targeting the Chinese wildlife consumer market, the trading nucleus for one of the biggest black markets in the world.
The illegal wildlife trade is the world’s fourth biggest criminal trade after drug smuggling, illegal firearms trade and human trafficking. The price of rhino horn on the black market, Jaschinski points out, is more valuable by weight than gold, diamonds or cocaine, according to a study by Science Advances. Rhino horn is estimated to fetch up to $60,000 per pound on the black market, and the illicit industry as a whole is estimated to be worth $20bn. Andrea Crosta, the director of the Elephant Action League, has called ivory the “white gold of jihad”, pointing out that al-Shabaab, an Islamic terrorist organisation, is funded directly by the illicit ivory and rhino horn trade in China.
Ban is barely enforced
In 2017, the Chinese authorities announced that all trade in ivory and its products would be made illegal. But the ban was barely enforced, Jaschinki says. The trade in rhino and tiger has been prohibited since 1993, but in October 2018, China alarmed conservationists by announcing that products from captive animals are authorised “for scientific, medical and cultural use”.
“I’ve worked on wildlife crime for 25 years—and I don’t distinguish between legal and illegal wildlife crime,” Jaschinski says. “China is becoming the economic leader of the world; I wanted to look at the horrendous treatment of animals and nature in the country, and especially at the link between poaching and trade in the country, and the mistreatment of animals in captivity in China.”
While the images are often appalling, they have artistic merit, for each photographer involved has approached the subject from a different perspective, and by employing a different style. In the introduction to the book, Roz Kidman Cox, the chair of the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year jury, writes: “Some set out to highlight injustice through statement art, creating images that are unforgettable through their power—fury expressed beautifully. Others take dismembered beauty and reincarnate it in a haunting arrangement, turning evidence into art. Or they use the iconography of classical art to give their compositions human resonance, echoing a crucifixion, a deathbed repose or the spoils of war.”
If you love space, odds are you’ve admired the work of Bill Ingalls. He has been NASA’s senior contract photographer for 30 years, a job that has taken him across the world but not yet beyond it, to cover major moments in space exploration.
From posh events at the White House to spacecraft landings in frigid Kazakh steppe, his assignments have resulted in some of the agency’s most iconic images. He is one of only two photographers ever to receive the prestigious national space club press award.
Heartbreaking News! South African Cinematographer Carlos Carvalho Passes Away Following Tragic Incident With Giraffe
By Lauren Lewis – May 7, 2018
WAN joins the countless people worldwide who are mourning the passing of award-winning South African cinematographer Carlos Carvalho.
Tragically, Carvalho was attacked by a giraffe while on assignment at the Glen Afric Country Lodge near Pretoria, the capital of South Africa.
“It is with a very sad heart that we have to announce the passing of Carlos Carvalho, one of our favorite DOP’s,” filming company CallaCrew announced on its Facebook page on Thursday, one day after the tragic incident. “Carlos was filming a feature at Glen Afric and had a fatal run-in with a giraffe on set.”
Carvalho had been flown by helicopter to Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, where he later succumbed to his head injuries.
The 47-year-old filmmaker was reportedly shooting close-ups of Gerald, the giraffe, when the animal was spooked by the boom swinger and swung his neck hitting Carvalho against his head.
“When Carlos was standing in front of the giraffe, the animal spread its legs, bent its neck and swung its head at Carlos,” Richard Brooker, whose family owns the lodge told Netwerk24. He further explained that Gerald will remain at the property. “He did nothing wrong.”
The British television series “Wild at Heart” was filmed at Glen Afric Country Lodge, which on its website shares that tourists can “get up close and personal to a number of our resident wildlife.
This incident raises the question of whether wild animals should be used for the purpose of filmed entertainment.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with Carlos’ family and friends during this very sad time, CallaCrew concluded. “He will be sorely missed.”
Russian nature photographer Vadim Trunov has had close encounters with squirrels before, but this is the first time we’ve seen his photos of squirrels playing or shooting photos of each other, squirrels that seem to be building snowmen or playing volleyball with nuts.
A photographer has taken pictures to showcase the ‘pure natural beauty’ of albinos.
Yulia Taits, 38, from Moscow, captured the images of models and says she did not need to use Photoshop for any of them.
The project was to illustrate the ‘beautiful tones’ of the albino models against light backgrounds – showing angelic and fairytale portraits.
Ms Tait, who now lives in Israel, said: ‘Their unique beauty hypnotizes me. This beauty is so pure and amazing for me, as if it was taken from fantasies and fairytale legends.
‘This series was an amazing experience for me because I could create this beautiful photography without Photoshop. What transpired was pure natural beauty.
‘I’m excited to prove that white is not just one color! It has many tints, shades and beautiful tones. While creating this photo project, I was fortunately blessed with meeting amazing people
Yulia Taits, 38, from Moscow, captured the images of models and says she did not need to use Photoshop for any of them. Pictured is model Adi holding a seashell to her ear
Model Zohar wear white butterflies around her neck and on her head as she poses for Yulia Taits’ beauty photoshoot.
The project was to illustrate the ‘beautiful tones’ of the albino models against light backgrounds – showing angelic and fairytale portraits. Pictured is model Shimon.
Ms Tait, who now lives in Israel, said: ‘Their unique beauty hypnotizes me. This beauty is so pure and amazing for me, as if it was taken from fantasies and fairytale legends.’ Pictured is model Sahar posing with a white Labrador
Jewish model Eydan holds a white paper arrangement as he poses cross-legged for Yulia Tait’s albino photoshoot
Ms Tait said: ‘This series was an amazing experience for me because I could create this beautiful photography without Photoshop. What transpired was pure natural beauty’
A lot of the pictures in the photoshoots appeared to look angelic. Pictured is Eliran posing with his white hair and beard
Model Ori gets tangled in white laces as part of the Yulia Taits’ albino beauty photoshoot. Ms Taits says she did not need Photoshop
Russian artist Yulia Taits, who lives in Israel, has taken pictures to showcase the ‘pure natural beauty’ of albinos.
The project was to illustrate the ‘beautiful tones’ of the albino models against light backgrounds – showing angelic and fairytale portraits
Dogs tend to go a little crazy when faced with the prospect of treats, and one photographer decided to try and capture that magical moment.
Photographer Christian Vieler began taking photos of dogs trying to catch treats a few years back, and the results have been pretty majestic.
Not all of the dogs are able to catch the treat Vieler throws at them the first time around …
… and in fact, it seems like very few are able to catch it on the first try.
Every dog that Vieler has photographed seems to have a different reaction to having a treat thrown at his face.
Some are incredibly enthusiastic …
… while others try WAY too hard to catch the airborne treat.
Some dogs don’t put much effort into the whole catching thing at all.
This guy seems a little nervous about catching his treat …
… while this guy is just downright skeptical.
No matter their reaction, though, every dog seems at least a little bit excited for the moment when they finally get to eat the treat …
… especially this guy, who casually hit the treat jackpot. He’s the ultimate good boy.
You can see more of these hilarious photos on Christian Vieler’s Facebook page.
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