Viewing, Editing, and Working with Photos on an iPod touch
After you’ve loaded your iPod touch with photos, you can use the Photos app to view them individually and as slideshows. You can also do some basic editing on your photos and use the photos on iPod touch for a number of tasks, such as setting iPod touch’s wallpaper or emailing them. There are also some Photo settings you should configure, which is where we start in this section.
Configuring Photo Settings
There are a number of settings related to the Photos app; these include Photo Stream and slideshow. Here’s how to set them:
On the Home screen, tap Settings.
- Scroll down until you see Photos.
- To have your iPod touch automatically download photos from and upload photos to your Photo Stream, set Photo Stream to ON; if you don’t want photos to be downloaded or uploaded automatically, set it to OFF instead. (Photo Stream is explained in more detail in the section “Working with Photo Stream” at the end of this chapter.)
Tap Play Each Slide For, which impacts slideshows you view on your iPod touch.
- Tap the amount of time you want each slide in a slideshow to appear on the screen.
- To make slideshows repeat until you stop them, set Repeat to ON. When it is ON, you have to stop slideshows manually. When the status is OFF, slideshows play through once and then stop.
- To view photos in a random order in a slideshow, set Shuffle to ON. When its status is ON, photos appear in random order during slideshows. To have photos appear in the order they are in the selected album, set the status to OFF.
Viewing Photos Individually
The Photos app enables you to view your photos individually.
On the Home screen, tap Photos. The Photo Albums screen appears. Along the bottom of the screen are buttons for upto four ways you can find photos to view:
- Albums—This screen organizes photos by album. The Camera Roll album contains photos and videos you’ve taken, images you’ve saved from emails, or screenshots you’ve captured. The Photo Stream roll contains the images currently stored on the cloud via your iCloud account (assuming Photo Stream is enabled of course); these photos are those that you’ve taken with your iPod touch and any that you’ve taken with any other iOS 5 devices that are set up to use Photo Stream. The Photo Library contains all the images (except for those in the Camera Roll album) on your iPod touch. The rest of the items are photo albums or other collections that you’ve moved from a computer onto your iPod touch.
- Events—Events are collections of photos based on time (such as all the photos taken on the same day) or some other criteria, such as a vacation.
- Faces—iPhoto enables you to tag people in photos with names. You can use the Faces option in the Photos app to find photos to view based on the people in those photos.
- Places—When photos have been tagged with location information (either automatically through a camera with a GPS or Wi-Fi network locator, such as when they were taken on an iPod touch, or manually by tagging them in a photo application), you can find photos to view by selecting a location on the map.
- To view photos by album, tap Albums and continue to step 3; to view photos by events, skip to step 6; or to view photos by place, skip to step 10.
- Browse the screen until you see an album containing photos you want to view.
Tap the album you want to view. You see the preview screen for that album with a thumbnail for each photo it contains.
Browse the album to see all the photos it contains; to view photos in the album, skip to step 16.
- Tap Events. You see the events that have been synced on the iPod touch.
- Browse the list of events.
Tap the event containing the photos you want to view.
Browse the photos in the event; to view photos in the event, skip to step 16.
- Tap Places. You see a map of the globe; each location with which photos are associated is marked with a pushpin.
- Double-tap or unpinch on an area on the map to zoom in.
- Drag on the map to move around the globe.
- Tap a pushpin at a location. You see the number of photos associated with that location.
To browse the photos for a location, tap its Info button.
- Browse the photos for the location.
To view a photo, tap it. The photo display screen appears. When the photo first appears, the photo viewing controls appear on the screen. After a moment, they disappear.
Swipe to the left to view the next photo in the group (album, event, face, or place).
Swipe to the right to view the previous photo in the album.
- To view the photo in landscape orientation, rotate your iPod touch 90 degrees.
Unpinch or double-tap on the photo to zoom in.
When you are zoomed in, drag on the photo to scroll in it.
- Pinch or double-tap on the photo to zoom out.
- If it isn’t already shown, tap anywhere on the photo to show the toolbar.
- Tap the return button, which is labeled with the source’s name. You move back to the source’s browse screen.
Viewing Photos as a Slideshow
You can view photos in slideshows as the following steps demonstrate:
On the Home screen, tap Photos.
- Choose the source of photos you want to view in a slideshow and browse it. You can start a slideshow from photos in any of the categories you see (Albums, Events, Faces, or Places).
Tap the source of photos you want to view in a slideshow.
Tap the first photo in the selected source. (If you don’t care about the order of photos in the slideshow, you can tap any photo to start.)
- Tap the transition you want to be used between photos in the slideshow.
Tap Slideshow Options.
If you want music to play during the slideshow, set the Play Music status to ON.
Use the Music app to find and select the music you want to hear (see Chapter 5, “Listening to Music, Podcasts, and Other Audio,” for details).
Tap Start Slideshow. The slideshow begins to play as does the soundtrack you selected.
- To view the slideshow in landscape mode, rotate the iPod touch. The slideshow plays, each slide appearing on the screen for the length of time you set. The transition you selected is used to move between photos. If you set slideshows to repeat, the slideshow plays until you stop it; if not, it stops after each photo has been shown once.
To stop the slideshow before it finishes, tap the screen. The photo controls appear, and the slideshow stops at the current photo.
- To move to the next or previous photo, swipe to the left or right.
- When you’re done with the slideshow, tap the return button, which is labeled with the source’s name.
Even though the iPod touch has great photo-taking capabilities, not all the photos you take will be perfect from the start. Fortunately, you can use the Photos app to edit your photos. The following tools are available to you:
- Rotate. You can rotate your photos to change their orientation.
- Enhance. This tool attempts to adjust the colors and other properties of the photos to make them better.
- Remove red-eye. This one helps you remove that certain demon-possessed look from the eyes of people in your photos.
- Crop. Use this one to crop out the parts of photos you don’t want to keep.
To use any of these options, you perform the following general steps:
- View the photo you want to edit.
Tap Edit. The editing tools appear.
Use the editing tools to change the photo; details for each tool are provided in subsequent steps.
- Tap Save to save the edited photo.
The Rotate and Enhance tools are quite simple to use and require a single tap to use.
To rotate an image, edit it and tap the Rotate button. The image rotates 90 degrees each time you tap it until it returns to its start position.
To enhance an image, edit it and tap the Enhance button. The app attempts to improve the quality of the photo; you briefly see the Auto-Enhance On message. If you don’t like the enhancements, tap the button again or tap Cancel.
To remove red-eye, perform the following steps:
- View the photo and move into edit mode.
- Zoom in on the eyes from which you want to remove red-eye.
Tap the Red-eye button.
Tap each eye containing red-eye.
- Tap Apply.
Cropping an Image
To crop an image, do the following:
- View the photo and move into edit mode.
Tap the Crop button.
To constrain the crop to specific proportions, tap Constrain.
Tap the ratio to which you want to constrain the crop. The crop box is resized to be the proportion you selected.
- Zoom, drag on the image and the crop box until the part of the image you want to keep is in the crop box (if you’ve constrained it, the crop box will automatically expand or contract in both directions).
- When the image you want is inside the crop box, tap Crop. The image is cropped.
Deleting Photos or Video from an iPod touch
You can only delete photos and videos in the Camera Roll album from your iPod touch. (To remove photos that are loaded onto iPod touch via syncing with a computer, you must change the sync settings so those photos are excluded and then resync.) To delete photos or videos you’ve taken with iPod touch’s camera, captured as a screenshot, or downloaded from email, take the following steps.
Move to the Photos application and open the Camera Roll source.
Tap the Action button.
- Tap the photos or videos you want to delete. Each item you select is marked with a check mark and is grayed out to show you it is selected.
- Tap Delete Selected Photos. The items you selected are deleted.