How to turn your drawings into music, and your voice into pictures

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PhonoPaper turns music and audio into black and white pictures that can be played back via your iPhone’s camera. Here’s how to use it.

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NASA wants your pictures of clouds to verify its satellites’ data

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NASA announced this week that it's looking for some citizen scientists to help out with a project. Six orbiting instruments make up NASA's Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) project and they are used to study Earth's climate and the…
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Move Misidentified Pictures Out of the People Album on iPhone

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I’ve been really enjoying the iOS Photos app lately, particularly the People Album. It’s pretty amazing, and convenient, that the iOS Photos app can scan every face in every image, then identify people and sort the pictures into their own respective People albums. Sometimes though, the Photos app gets ithe identification wrong and puts a friend or family member’s picture in the wrong People album. So what do we do when one of our photos has been misidentified and put in the wrong spot like this? Let’s learn how to take photos that have been put in the wrong People album back out of that album on iPhone.

Related: How to Add Uncategorized Photos to the People Album on iPhone

Move Misidentified Pictures Out of the People Album on iPhone

  • Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
  • Click on the Album tab in the lower right corner.

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  • Select your People album.
  • Tap on the person’s album that you’ve noticed a misidentified photo in.

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  • Tap Show Faces to focus in on just the faces in each picture.
  • Tap on the photo that has been put in the wrong People album, then tap the Send icon at the bottom left of the screen.

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  • Scroll along the bottom menu bar, find and select Not This Person.

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Now the photo that was wrongly placed in your People album has been removed. 

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Bumble bans images of guns in profile pictures

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Dating app Bumble will no longer allow images of guns in users’ profile photos. In a blog post last night, the company announced that its moderation team would begin the process of removing any previously uploaded user photos that include gun imagery or firearms and continue to moderate new uploads in the future.

The decision comes amid widespread calls for gun control following several mass shootings in the US, including one last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed. In the weeks that followed, companies like Delta, United Airlines, MetLife, and Hertz cut ties with the NRA, largely due to public pushback. Bumble has also cut ties with the NRA, The New York Times reports.

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Guest Post: Sony Pictures Entertainment CTO Don Eklund on the power of mobile HDR

First off I want to thank Sony Mobile for letting me join Furumi-san on stage at MWC 2018. The XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are incredible devices packed with features, but what really excites me is screen technology, in particular, their HDR displays.

In the 27 years I’ve worked at Sony I have seen dramatic improvements in picture quality, from analog VHS to digital DVD, Standard Definition to High Definition, and now the availability of High Dynamic Range in place of Standard Dynamic Range.

As I mentioned today, when people see HDR for the first time you can see their eyes widen. It’s easy to see why, HDR provides a means of delivering pictures that look “real” because image fidelity has reached a new level.

One of the best things about a company like Sony is that our technology reaches from end to end. Sony products start at the camera lens on the film set and continue all the way to living room. Now, with Xperia smartphones, you can see extraordinary pictures from the camera lens accurately realized in the palm of your hand.

And because they are Sony products it means those pictures really are extraordinary. It’s a mistake to think all HDR is created equal. A given camera can capture an image in an HDR format and a display can decode the HDR picture, but unless the devices are made with adequate quality and precision, the result will be sub-par. You can easily witness this fact in today’s televisions. A 65″ TV can be purchased for five times the cost of a cheaper model of the same size, but the cheaper device will not impress you with HDR.

I know there are doubters out there who wonder if this kind of screen tech is really needed in a mobile device. The reality is that HDR performance is independent of screen size. On a 65” TV in your living room or a 5.7” Xperia XZ2 in your pocket, the difference HDR delivers in terms of quality is unmistakeable.

Of course, it’s not just about watching content, this has implications for capturing quality as well. Mobile devices are great for sharing pictures and video with others. With the ability to shoot in HDR (supported natively by YouTube), you can make your content stand out from the ordinary.

I hope you will enjoy watching and creating cutting edge images with Xperia smartphones that bring a level of realism never seen before – I know I will.

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How to share pictures and videos in Photos for Mac

Photos for Mac makes it easy to share your pictures and videos in pretty much any way imaginable. Here’s how!

Photos for Mac lets you share photos and videos with pretty much any social network and app you can find. Whether you’re looking to post something on Facebook, share directly to Macs, iPhones, or iPads with AirDrop, or add to a shared Photo Stream, Photos makes it easy to share with just a couple of clicks.

Here’s what you need to know about sharing pictures and video in Photos for Mac.

How to share a single image or video with Photos for Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the image or video you want to share and open it.

  3. Click on the Share button in the upper right hand corner.
  4. Choose the method you’d like to use to share it.

  5. Fill out any necessary info and send it on its way!

How to share multiple images and videos at once with Photos for Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Select the images and videos you’d like to share. Select multiples by holding down the command key.

  3. Click on the Share button in the top menu bar, it’s off to the right.
  4. Choose the method you’d like to use to share it.

  5. Fill out any necessary info and send it on its way!

How to add someone to a stream with iCloud Photo Sharing and Photos for Mac

iCloud Photo Sharing is a great way to include people in special moments even when they can’t be there or remember fun times with friends through the photos you each took. No matter how you use it, it’s easy to include someone new in a shared iCloud album.

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Click on Shared Albums in your side menu.
  3. Click the shared album you’d like to add someone too.
  4. Click on the members button in the top right of the menu. It looks like a little man in a circle.

  5. Click inside the Invite People box and type the name of the person you’d like to add. If they’re in your address book, they should automatically come up. If they aren’t, you can enter their email instead of their name.
  6. Hit Enter on your keyboard to save changes and send the invite.

How to make a shared photo album on your Mac

  1. Launch Photos.
  2. Select the images you would love to share.
  3. Click the Share selected photos button in the upper right corner. It looks like a box with an arrow coming out the top of it.
  4. Click iCloud Photo Sharing.
  5. Click New Shared Album.

  6. Add in the album’s information, including the title and who you would like to invite.
  7. Click Create when you are finished.

Your shared album will now appear on your Mac and your contacts can now share photos and videos.

How to like or comment on shared photos or video

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Click on Shared Albums in your side menu.
  3. Double-click on the shared album you’d like to view.
  4. Double-click the photo you’d like to comment on or like.

  5. Click on the comment button in the lower left corner of the image. It looks like a speech bubble with a plus sign in it.
  6. Either click on Like to like the photo or leave a comment and hit Send.

Questions?

Let us know in the comments if you have any more questions about sharing pictures and videos using Photos for Mac.

Updated February 2018: All steps and screenshots have been updated for the latest version of Photos for macOS High Sierra.

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Microsoft ‘Photos Companion’ iPhone app allows for easy transfer of pictures to Windows 10 PC

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Seeing a need in education, Microsoft has developed an app to pull all the pictures off multiple iPhones and mobile devices and store them locally on a central Windows 10 machine.
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Microsoft’s new photos app for iOS and Android lets you quickly transfer pictures to a PC

Microsoft is releasing a new Photos Companion app for iOS and Android today, designed to make it much quicker to get photos from a phone to a PC. The new app is available immediately, and it’s being released as part of Microsoft’s Garage project which lets employees release experimental apps. Microsoft’s own photos team has been working on the app for several months, and it links directly to Windows 10’s built-in photos app.

If you’re a OneDrive user or you already backup phone photos to another cloud service, this new app probably isn’t for you, but Microsoft has primarily designed this for students. “The biggest hurdle many classrooms faced was getting the content students had captured with their phones onto their project PCs,” e…

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How to edit pictures and videos in Photos for Mac

How can I edit pictures and videos in Photos for Mac?

Whether you’re cropping your photos, importing them into Photoshop, or adjusting your color and saturation, there are tons of different ways that you can successfully edit pictures and videos in Photos for Mac. Photos for Mac has everything you need to make your pictures look exactly how you want, and what’s more, all the edits are non-destructive, so if you don’t get something perfect the first time, you can change it again whenever you like or even go right back to the original.

Combine that with the large screen, and editing photos on the Mac isn’t just easy; it’s accessible to everyone. Here’s how to use it!

How to adjust brightness with Photos for Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the photo in your photo library that you’d like to edit and double-click on it.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the top navigation panel.
  4. Drag the Light slider left or right to adjust the brilliance in the photo.

  5. Click Done on the top right of the Photos window.

How to adjust color saturation in Photos for Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the photo in your photo library that you’d like to edit and double-click on it.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the top navigation panel.
  4. Drag the Color slider left or right to adjust the brilliance in the photo.

  5. Click Done on the top right of the Photos window.

How to convert an image to black and white with Photos for Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the photo in your photo library that you’d like to edit and double-click on it.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the top navigation panel.
  4. Drag the Black & White slider left and right to activate and adjust the photo’s black and white intensity. You can also adjust a photo’s black and white Neutrals, Tone, and Grain.

  5. Click Done on the top right of the Photos window.

How to access white balance, noise reduction, and more in Photos for Mac

Histogram, sharpen, definition, noise reduction, vignette, white balance, and levels can all be added to your photo adjustment options; that elevates Photos for Mac from a basic photo editing tool to something more advanced.

The histogram, for example, lets you see the distribution of light and dark, as well as red, blue, and green pixels within your image. Sharpen and definition can help make the blurry aspects clearer. Vignette darkens images around the edges, and white balance and levels let you change casts, crush blacks, and more. All you have to do is turn them on!

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the photo in your photo library that you’d like to edit and double-click on it.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the top navigation panel.
  4. Click the arrow next to any adjustment you’d like to expand on the right. There’s everything from Retouch to Vignette.

  5. Click Done on the top right of the Photos window.

How to adjust Sharpness with Photos for Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the photo in your photo library that you’d like to edit and double-click on it.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the top navigation panel.
  4. Click the arrow next to Sharpen on the right.
  5. Drag the sliders left and right to adjust your photo’s sharpness. You can optionally click Auto to let Photos automatically sharpen the image for you.

  6. Click Done on the top right of the Photos window.

How to adjust Definition with Photos for Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the photo in your photo library that you’d like to edit and double-click on it.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the top navigation panel.
  4. Click the arrow next to Definition.
  5. Drag the slider left and right to adjust your photo’s definition. You can optionally click Auto to have it done automatically.

  6. Click Done on the top right of the Photos window.

How to adjust Noise Reduction with Photos for Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the photo in your photo library that you’d like to edit and double-click on it.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the top navigation panel.
  4. Click on the arrow next to Noise Reduction.
  5. Drag the slider left and right to adjust your photo’s noise reduction. You can optionally click Auto if you want it done automatically.

  6. Click Done on the top right of the Photos window.

How to adjust Vignette with Photos for Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the photo in your photo library that you’d like to edit and double-click on it.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the top navigation panel.
  4. Click on the arrow next to Vignette.
  5. Drag the sliders left and right to adjust your photo’s vignette. You can optionally click Auto if you want it done automatically.

  6. Click Done on the top right of the Photos window.

How to use Selective Color in Photos for Mac

Selective Color allows you to adjust the Hue, Saturation, Luminance, and Range of certain colors, meaning you can choose how the colors look and how prominent they are compared to the other colors in the photo.

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Double-click the photo you want to edit.
  3. Click Edit.

  4. Click on Selective Color in the sidebar.
  5. Adjust the sliders to your liking.

  6. Click Done on the top right of the Photos window.

How to quickly retouch an image in the Photos app on your Mac

Ah, the controversial act of retouching a photo, but let’s face it: we’ve all done it. Luckily, retouching a photo is a lot easier than going and retaking it!

Photos for Mac offers a retouch tool that lets you quickly remove small imperfections such as skin blemishes or even a small object that wasn’t supposed to be in the image to begin with. It may not be as powerful as spot healing tools in software editing programs like Photoshop, but in a pinch, it gets the job done!

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the photo in your photo library that you’d like to edit and double-click on it.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the top navigation panel.
  4. Click on the arrow next to Retouch on the right.
  5. Drag the slider to adjust the size of the retouch tool in the right hand menu if you need to before clicking on the area that you need to retouch.
  6. Click and drag on the photo to retouch the areas that need it.

  7. When you’re happy with the results, click Done in the upper right corner.

You also have the option of holding down the option key on your keyboard and clicking to select a pattern. If you ever need to Undo a retouch, just hit Command-Z on your keyboard to step back.

How to correct Red-Eye in Photos for Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Double-click the photo you want to edit.
  3. ClickEdit.

  4. Click Red-eye in the sidebar.
  5. Adjust the size of the brush with the slider.

  6. Click the brush.
  7. Click on the eye you want to fix.

  8. Click Done on the top right of the Photos window.

How to add a filter to a picture in Photos for Mac

Photos for Mac brings the same kind of damage control to the Mac. Whether it’s by adding a color overlay, boosting or flattening contrast, it lets you take pictures that look wrong and make them look artistic instead.

They’re the same subtle filters Apple introduced for the iPhone and iPad, while they may not have the same punch as some others, they’re consistent and even more importantly — they’re non-destructive. That means you can change your mind and even revert to normal at any time.

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the photo you’d like to add a filter to and double-click on it to open it.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the upper right corner.
  4. Click on Filters in the top navigation.

  5. Click the filter you’d like to apply by clicking on it.
  6. When you find one you like, click on Done in the upper right corner.

How to automatically crop and straighten in Photos for Mac

Whether the horizon or a building looks oddly angled, or extra people or space are stealing focus from your subjects, Photos for Mac has just exactly the tools to help you line up what you want and cut out what you don’t so that even if you didn’t frame the perfect photo, you can still end up with it.

Also, if you need to rotate or flip a picture, you can do that too!

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the photo in your photo library that you’d like to edit and double-click on it.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the top navigation panel.
  4. Click on Crop in the top navigation.

  5. Click on Auto towards the bottom right of the screen.
  6. Click on Done in the upper right corner.

How to manually crop in Photos for Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the photo in your photo library that you’d like to edit and double-click on it.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the top navigation panel.
  4. Click on Crop in the top navigation.

  5. Click on the arrow next to Aspect on the right.
  6. Choose the aspect ratio you’d like. Alternatively, you can grab the corners of each photo and free crop if you’d like or click Custom to create a custom aspect ratio.
  7. When you’re happy with the crop, click on Done in the upper right corner.

How to manually straighten in Photos for Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the photo in your photo library that you’d like to edit and double-click on it.
  3. Click on the Edit button in the top navigation.
  4. Click on Crop in the right navigation.

  5. Click the dial and drag up and down to adjust it.
  6. Click Done in the upper right corner when you’re finished editing.

How to rotate in Photos for Mac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the photo you’d like to straighten and open it.
  3. Click Image in the menu bar.
  4. Click Rotate Counterclockwise (or Clockwise) to turn it 90 degrees.
  5. Repeat to turn another 90 degrees, for a total of 180 degrees.

You can also use the keyboard shortcuts Command-R for counterclockwise or Option-Command-R for clockwise.

How to flip (mirror) in Photos forMac

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Find the photo you’d like to straighten and open it.

  3. Click Image.
  4. Click Flip Horizontal (or Vertical) from the menu to mirror.

How to trim a video in Photos for Mac

Whether you synced them from your iPhone or iPad using iCloud Photo Library or imported them manually, all your movie moments are right there alongside your images. Editing, however, is a different story.

While you can trim videos in Photos for Mac, that’s about all the editing you can do. For more, including titles, traditions, and other effects, you have to escalate to iMovie #sadtrombone.

If you started or stopped recording a little too early or late, it’s easy to remove the excess from the beginning or ending of your video. Here’s how!

  1. Launch Photos on your Mac.
  2. Find a video you want to edit.

  3. Double-click on the video to make it fill the Photos app.
  4. Hover your mouse over the video to reveal the control overlay.

  5. Click on the gear icon to show options.
  6. Click on Trim.

  7. Drag the yellow handles on either side to trim from the beginning or end of the video.
  8. Click Trim to confirm the change.

How to reset the trim on a video in Photos for Mac

If you trim a video and later regret it, don’t worry, the edit is non-destructive, and the original video can easily be restored.

  1. Launch Photos on your Mac.
  2. Find the video you want to revert.

  3. Double-click on the video to make it fill the Photos app.
  4. Hover your mouse over the video to reveal the control overlay.

  5. Click on the gear icon to show options.
  6. Click on Reset Trim.

How to edit a video from Photos for Mac

If you want to add transitions, titles, or other effects to your video, or if you want to cut or mix it up with other videos, you’ll need to use iMovie.

  1. Launch iMovie on your Mac.
  2. Click Create New and select Movie.

  3. Click on Photos Library in the sidebar.
  4. Find the video you want to edit.

  5. Click on the video to select it.
  6. Click on the + icon to add it to the clips in the current movie.

Then start editing away!

Once you’re done, you can share the video right from iMovie or save it out and drag it back into Photos for Mac for syncing and safekeeping.

How to move an image out of Photos and into Photoshop, Pixelmator, Acorn, or other external editor

  1. Launch Photos from the dock or Finder.
  2. Click on the photo you want to edit.
  3. Click on File.
  4. Click on Export
  5. Click on Export Unmodified Original.

  6. Click Export after you fill out the photo information and choose where you would like to save it.
  7. From your desktop, drag the photo into your favorite image editor. (Or control-right-click the icon and choose “Open with…” and then your favorite image editor.)

How to bring an edited image back into Photos for Mac

  1. Save or Export the edited image back to your desktop from the photo editing app.
  2. From your desktop, drag the image back into Photos for Mac (or choose the File > Import menu item and then select the image to import.)

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

Updated February 2018: We’ve combined our editing in Photos guides into to one super guide — everything you need to know about editing in Photos for Mac is right here! All screenshots and instructions have been updated for macOS High Sierra.

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This video proves we’re all just taking the same Instagram pictures

#instatravel, #passportlife, #wanderlust. We’ve all seen these travel hashtags permeate our Instagram feeds, usually used for glamorous shots of people doing enviable things in exotic places. Now a perspicacious person named Oliver has created a video aptly titled “Instravel — A Photogenic Mass Tourism Experience,” which is a Black Mirror-esque look into how our fixation with capturing the perfect image has homogenized our creativity.

Oliver writes that he was inspired to create the video after becoming frustrated with tourists while traveling in Rome (though also noting that he himself was one). He writes:

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