Photos app is most popular and widely used apps on any iOS device be it iPhone or iPad. In the past few years Apple is constantly making improvements in the Photo app, adding more features to it and offering new ways to take photos and edit them. Now that iOS 13 is released Photos app on iPhone comes with more wonderful features to explore. Here are some of the best features to find in iOS 13 Photo app.
1. The new Photos Tab
The new photos tab in photos app now makes things more organized in iOS 13, with a new design that’s meant to put your best photos front and center. In addition to the iOS 12-style option to view all of your photos, there are new options to view them by day, month, and year. This means you can remove duplicate images or any other photos you seem not fit in one go as photos are displayed in a tiled view, with your best images displayed as large squares surrounded by smaller related photos.
The Days view in the Photos app shows you the photos that you’ve taken organized by each day, while the Months view presents photos categorized into events so you can see the best parts of the month at a glance.
In the Years view, you can see subsections for each year. In the current year, it will flip through each month automatically so you can get an overview of each month, but Apple did something unique for past years. When you tap into an older year, like 2018 or 2017, you’ll see photos taken around the same time of year. Tapping into a specific year in this view swaps over to the Month view, where you can further tap into a target month, which then swaps to the Day view. You can also swipe a finger over the photos in the Years view to see a glimpse of key images from each month.
The photo titles also highlights location, concert performances, holidays, and more, so you know where your photos were taken.
The new Photos tab is separate from the “For You” section introduced in iOS 12. For You also shows you curated photos, but here in iOS 13 the Photos tab organizes them around specific dates while For You focuses on aggregating content from multiple dates like beach days, trips, specific people, pets, and more.
2. Live Photos and Videos with Auto play
In the new Photos tab, Live Photos and videos will autoplay so that you can see a glimpse of action in the Day view, which brings the Photos tab to life and makes looking through your images a more dynamic, fun experience.
When you have two or more Live Photos taken within 1.5 seconds of one another, there’s a new Live Photos option that will play both at once as a short little video rather than just a quick animation in the Day view of the Photos tab.
For your contacts you have photos of in the People album, if you have their birthdays assigned to them in the Contacts app, Apple will show you photos of the person in the “For You” section of the Photos app.
Also in iOS 13, if you capture a screen recording, it will be saved to a new Screen Recordings album automatically, much like screenshots go in the Screenshots album.
3. iOS 13 Editing Interface
Apple in iOS 13 updated the editing interface in Photos, which you can get to whenever you tap on the “Edit” button on one of your pictures. Rather than hiding editing tools down at the bottom of the image in a series of small icons, iOS 13 puts them front and center in a new slider that lets you scroll through each adjustment option. It comes with the standard Auto adjust, but if you swipe to the left on the editing tools, you can choose the specific adjustment that you need.
You can tap each edit you apply to see what the photo looks like before and after, making clear what each of the adjustments is doing. This new interface more closely mirrors third-party photo editing apps and puts more tools right at iPhone users’ fingertips, making photo editing easier for everyone.
The editing tab in the Photos app has been updated to account for the new editing interface. When you open up edits, the adjustment tools are front and center, but if you tap the concentric circles icon on the left you can get to Live Photos adjustments where you can choose a new Key Photo. On the right of the adjustment tool, there are filter options, and next to that, options for cropping and changing orientation.
4. Slider that tweaks the intensity
In each editing tool on photos app there’s a slider that lets you tweak the intensity of the adjustment, which allows for more controlled edits than before. Like you can select the “Exposure” adjustment tool to brighten or darken a photo and then use the slider to quickly get the desired effect. Intensity has specific numbers, so it’s easy to tell how much of an effect has been applied at a glance.
5. The new editing tools
Besides the editing interface in Photos, Apple also added new tools for things like adjusting vibrance, white balance, sharpness, and more. The editing tools available in Photos in iOS 13 are Auto, Exposure, Brilliance, Highlights, Shadows, Contrast, Brightness, Black Point, Saturation, Vibrance, Warmth, Tint, Sharpness, Definition, Noise Reduction and Vignette
Apple has also improved the auto cropping and auto straightening features designed to make your photos look better with just a tap. When editing, you can use pinch to zoom to see the close-up details of a photo to get a better look at just what edits are doing to a particular area in an image. Though there are new editing tools available, the filters that Apple has long provided are there too.
6. Filters in iOS 13
Filters in iOS 13 are more functional because the intensity of the filter can be adjusted using a new slider tool. iOS 13 adds a new effect to Portrait Lighting, High-Key Mono. High-Key Mono is a black and white effect that’s similar to Stage Light Mono, but designed to add a white background rather than a black one. Note that this High-Key Mono Lighting is limited to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.
The Portrait Lighting effects added to Portrait Mode photos can be adjusted with a new slider option in iOS 13, which allows you to further tweak the added lighting. It’s designed to allow you to adjust the intensity of the lighting, which can drastically change the look of a portrait image. Portrait Lighting adjustment tools are limited to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.
There have been photo editing tools available in the Photos app for quite some time, but in iOS 13, many of the same tools are available for editing video for the first time. Apple offers editing tools to adjust parameters like exposure, contrast, saturation, brightness, and more, plus there are built-in filters that you can apply. You can also use the same Auto adjust feature in videos that’s long been available for photos to get a quick improvement.
Video editing tools, like photo editing tools, feature sliders to control the intensity of your adjustments so you can make dramatic or subtle changes to the lighting, brightness, and other elements and there continue to be available tools for adjusting video length.
There are also tools for straightening a video, adjusting the vertical alignment, adjusting the horizontal alignment, flipping the video, changing the orientation of the video, and cropping it.
With so many outstanding features in iOS 13 photos app you will find this great app easy to use and even a new photographer will learn through the tools in making videos or snapping some best shots.