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Perfect photo but someone blinked? No problem with this iPhone trick

by Kurt Knutsson

Have you ever taken a photo with a bunch of people where one or two of you are blinking?  Here’s the perfect solution I always use to make sure there are always options and you take the perfect photos!


What is “Live Photo”?

The first thing to get the perfect shot is to know about this iPhone camera trick called Live Photo.  You may have seen it before by long pressing a thumbnail in your photos.

Live Photo takes 1.5 seconds of video before and after you take a picture.  This give you a chance to capture the moment when the true moment happens.  Consider it a tool to go back in time around your photo taking.

Later, you can go back and select the best looking frame from inside of a Live Photo.  This must be what they call picture perfect in Hollywood.


How to take a photo using Live Photo

  • Click the camera icon
  • Select the “photo” option in the lower nav

  • Once you’re on photo, select the circular icon    in the upper right hand corner.  This will activate the “Live photo” option.
  • The Live photo option will now take a short video and allow you to select the best frame you want to use.

How to select the perfect frame

  • After taking the Live photo, go to the “Photos” app and select the “Albums” icon in the lower navigation
  • Once there, scroll down until you see the section entitled “Media Types”.  Navigate down to “Live Photos” and you will see all the “live photos” you’ve taken.

iphone photo album screen

  • First, select the photo you want. Go ahead and see what happens when you tap and long hold on the still Live Photo.  You’ll see that you will be able to see the entire quick video.
  • Now to set the frame you want, click the blue “Edit” text in the upper right hand corner.
  • The photo will now be in “edit” mode and on the bottom of the photo, select the Live Photo icon you see in the bottom row.

iphone live photo edit screen

  • Once you do that, you’ll see the photo’s timeline open up.  Go ahead and tap the white rectangular box on that timeline and move it along the timeline until you get to the frame that looks best.
  • When you’re happy with the frame you like, click, “Make Key Photo” and that will now lock the frame.
  • Now, if you want to share the photo it will share the photo with this newly selected frame.

A word of warning

By setting the perfect frame by my steps above, you are in essence creating a cover photo for this quick video file.  That said, one word of warning…because Live Photo records 1.5 seconds before and after your shot, be careful of the file you send.  Even though you’ve just established the cover shot of this “Live Photo”, remember the file is really a short quick video and anyone who receives this file and presses down on the photo can see the entirety of the quick shot.

And that my friend is why some people, aside from good looks, can take a fabulous photo using an iPhone.


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