What are Apple’s Live Photos?

iPhone cameras can take Apple’s Live photos. What are Apple’s Live photos, and why should you care?

They really are useful – read on to learn more!

What is an Apple Live photo?

A live photo is a 3 second video. It begins one and a half second before the shutter is engaged and ends one and a half seconds after.

Live photos do not necessarily take up more storage space than still photos.

You can view and edit live photos on all Apple devices and you can export live photos as still photos or as 3 second videos.

What can I do with a Live photo?

Open a Live photo in the Apple Photos app and click Edit.

All of the editing facilities that are available for still photos are available here.

In addition, one can choose the exact frame from the three second Live video.

Locate the icon for Live. It has three concentric circles. Click on it.

Individual frames are displayed so the best frame can be chosen. Move the white box to see the video frame by frame.

Choose Make Key Photo to set the picture to the chosen frame.

On a Macintosh computer, the process looks like this.

Transformed live photos to still photos by clicking on the icon for Live in the lower right corner on a Mac. On an iPhone, click on the yellow Live on the top of the screen. The Key Photo will be the only photo.

Looping or Bounce

Change live photos to short videos that loop or bounce. The entire video can also be run together as a long exposure photo.

On an iPhone, click on the word Live in the upper left corner. On a Mac, click on the word Live in the lower left corner.

If you would like help with this process, just call or email and we’ll be happy to assist you! If you have specific questions, or if our terminology isn’t clear, please use our contact form to send us a message. Thank you!

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