The Nano S is a 360 camera built for social media

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been testing out the Nano S 360-degree camera from Insta360. It’s a cute little camera that clicks into your iPhone’s Lightning port and takes 360-degree photos and videos. The camera itself is very compact and can easily be held in the palm of your hand or slipped into your pocket.

I’m fairly new to 360 cameras. I generally shoot using my Canon 7D DSLR or Fujifilm X-T10, and this is an entirely new experience altogether. Instead of concentrating on framing a particular shot, you can just click the shutter button and worry about framing later, so it’s good if you’re on the go and don’t want to think too much. The most engaging experience the camera offers is that it places you in the center of your…

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How to Use the Hidden Camera Level Tool in iOS 11

Apple’s native Camera app in iOS 11 has plenty of tools for helping you get the right shot, but some are more hidden than others. The camera level is the perfect example of a really handy tool that many users don’t even know exists, mainly because it’s part of a feature that’s turned off by default.

If you tend to take a lot of photos from an overhead point of view, like a picture of a meal on a table, or an object lying on the floor, then you’ll want to use the camera level, as it helps you capture a balanced shot without having to use a tripod arm or mount. It’s also useful for taking shots of scenes directly above you, such as in the sky or on the ceiling.

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Here’s how to enable and use it on iOS 11.

How to Enable the Camera Level on iPhone and iPad

The camera level tool is part of the Grid overlay, which is useful in itself for applying the rule of thirds in your pictures for more balanced compositions. First then, you need to turn on Grid mode.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iOS device.
  2. Scroll down the list and tap Camera.
  3. Toggle on the switch next to Grid.

How to Use the Camera Level on iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the Camera app on your iOS device.
  2. Set the capture mode to Photo, Portrait, Square, or Time Lapse, using the sliding menu above the shutter button.
  3. Position the camera lens above or below the subject of your photo.
  4. Line up the floating crosshair with the fixed crosshair in the center of the screen by adjusting the angle of your phone’s camera. The crosshairs will both glow yellow when in perfect alignment.
  5. Tap the shutter button to capture the shot.

The aligned crosshairs turn yellow (right), indicating the lens is parallel with the ground.

The level tool also comes in handy when scanning documents on a desk with your phone’s camera, but iOS now offers a dedicated scanning feature in the Notes app, so you’ll probably want to use that instead.

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How to import photos from your digital camera to a specific folder on Mac

In High Sierra, you can select which folder you dump your digital camera content to, including a specific folder you’ve just created.

When you connect your digital camera to your Mac, you can import the content of said camera into the Photos app. You can even set up the Photos app on Mac to import photos automatically from that specific device. In High Sierra, you can also select which album you want those photos to go to. If you’re trying to import a bunch of pictures from a specific event, you can also create a brand new folder and move them directly to it for better organization. Here’s how.

How to select a folder to add new photos from your digital camera in the Photos app on Mac

After you prepare your digital camera to import to the Photos app, here’s how to select a specific folder to relocate to.

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac if it doesn’t open automatically.
  2. Click on your digital camera from the sidebar if it isn’t already selected.

  3. Select the photos you want to import to a specific folder.
  4. Click on Library at the top of the Photos app window.
  5. Select the folder You want to import the selected pictures directly to.

The pictures will be imported directly to the folder you selected. If you want to import multiple photos to different folders, follow the steps above and select which photos you want to import to each folder until you’ve imported them all.

How to create a new folder to add photos from your digital camera in the Photos app on Mac

If you’re just about to dump all of your vacation photos into the Photos app on your Mac, but haven’t created a dedicated folder for it yet, no problem, you can do so right before importing.

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac if it doesn’t open automatically.
  2. Click on your digital camera from the sidebar if it isn’t already selected.

  3. Select the photos you want to import to the newly created folder.
  4. Click on Library at the top of the Photos app window.
  5. Click on New Album.

  6. Enter an album name.
  7. Click on OK.

The pictures will be imported directly to the folder you created. If you want to import multiple photos to different folders, follow the steps above and create new folders for each until you’ve imported them all.

How to find the photos you’ve just added to a folder in the Photos app on Mac

After you’ve created or selected a specific folder to import your photos to, you can find them under My Albums.

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Click on My Albums in the sidebar.
  3. Double-click on the Album.

There they are!

Where your photos go if you don’t select a specific folder to import them from your digital camera in the Photos app on Mac

If you don’t select a folder to import your photos to, you can still find them easily. They will always be delivered to your Photos library (it’s the one right at the top of the sidebar) whether you send them to a specific folder or not. You can also find them in your Imports section, where you will find all of the photos you’ve ever imported to the Photos app on your Mac (unless you’ve deleted them).

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Click on Imports.

You can filter your imported content by favorited, edited, only photos, only videos, or keyword (if you’ve tagged your photos).

Click on Showing in the upper left and select a filter.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about importing photos from your digital camera to a specific folder in Photos on Mac? Put them in the comments and we’ll help you out.

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Samsung teases reimagined camera on the Galaxy S9

Samsung has released another quick video teaser for the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ this time focusing on the camera in its entirety. The previous promo video teased the new slow-motion and low-light abilities of the Galaxy S9 camera, this one hints at better selfies, selfie video, some sort of Snapchat-like animation effects (like the ones the Galaxy S/S8+ already have), flash and low light photography and finally Boomerang-like warp videos. The word reimagined suggests that Samsung’s new flagship camera(s) will be much more than just refined, but will be completely…

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Nokia 7+ Android One edition with full-screen display, dual-lens ZEISS rear camera, Nokia 1 press images surface

HMD Global’s MWC 2018 event is scheduled for February 25th, now first press shots of the Nokia 7+ and Nokia 1 have surfaced, thanks to @evleaks. This shows that the Nokia 7+ will be Android One edition and also coincides with earlier leak that revealed most of the specifications of the phone. It also shows the phone in … Continue reading “Nokia 7+ Android One edition with full-screen display, dual-lens ZEISS rear camera, Nokia 1 press images surface”
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