Iphone tips

Mention a friend in a Group chat

On iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 or later you can now mention a friend inside Group chats. This makes it easy to direct a message to a specific person in a group and to make sure the person you are talking to reads the message. In order to mention a friend all you have to do is type his or her name followed by the message. As you type the contact’s name you will get a popup with their name and contact photo, letting you know iMessage has detected the person’s name. Tap on the popup to add that person’s mention. As you send the message mentioned person will receive a notification for this message. This feature is also useful for those who don’t like to participate in active groups but want to be able to respond when their name is mentioned. Another new feature added in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 allows users to send replies to a specific message in a group conversation. This makes it easy for users to reply to a specific question or pass a comment to a specific message. Users can view replies in the full conversation or as their own thread, which makes it easy to follow the inline replies conversation.

Pin Conversations To The Top

On iOS 14 or later both iPhone and iPad users get the ability to pin their favorite and frequently used conversation threads to the top of the conversations list page. By putting conversation threads and groups to the top you can quickly access them without having to look for them on the list. Adding a thread or group to the iMessage pinned area is very easy. All you have to do is long press on the conversation thread or group you want to pin to the top and then from the popup menu tap on ‘Pin’ option. To remove a conversation thread from the pinned area long press on any of the pinned threads and tap on ‘Unpin’ option. Alternatively, you can swipe right on the thread and tap on the yellow Pin button.

Send iMessage Screen Effects

On the latest iOS you can send iMessages with cool screen effects matching the content of the message itself. You can choose from several fullscreen iMessage screen effects including balloons, confetti, lasers, fireworks and shooting star. There are also several iMessage trigger words that will trigger an effect automatically. For example, when you type any of the iMessage trigger words such as Congratulations (or when you type congrats in iMessage) the confetti effect will be triggered automatically. Similarly other iMessage trigger words include Happy Birthday (for balloons) and Happy New Year (for fireworks). You can access the iMessage Screen Effects after typing the full message and then force tapping or long pressing the send button, then tapping on the ‘Screen’ tab. In addition to full screen effects iMessage also features bubble effects including iMessage invisible ink, gentle, loud and slam. All these bubble effects can be chosen after typing the message and force tapping or long pressing the send button and sliding up. Also read: How To Turn Off iMessage Special Effects For Incoming And Outgoing Messages

Find the right photo 10x faster

After taking in all these great iPhone photography tips, I’m sure you’ll be shooting more pictures than ever! The downside of this, is that your iPhone will likely be full of photos. Finding the one you want in the Photos app can be a bit of a chore, if you don’t know what you’re doing. Not many people know that the Photos app was given a huge A.I. update in iOS 11. Now you can use the search bar to type in a noun, such as ‘bike’, and the iPhone will find all the images of a bike that you’ve taken! With iOS 12, this has become even better – you can now search for several people, or you can combine search terms like ‘Red, car, 2018’. To do this, simply type in a search term into the search box in Photos. Then tap one of the suggested search terms that’ll appear, and it’ll turn into a ‘token’ inside the search box. Then you can keep adding more terms until you’ve narrowed down your search to find the exact photo you want. Pro Tip: You can even search by peoples’ faces – open the Photos app, then tap Albums, and the People album. Then tap a face you want to name, and ‘Add Name’ at the top of the screen. The iPhone will then try and associate the other photos on your phone with that face, to keep everything better organised.

Adjust the exposure for a perfect shot

If you’ve seen the yellow focus square, you’ve probably paid attention the icon right on its right-hand-side. This little icon along with the slider will help you adjust the exposure of your image. If you need it to be darker and underexposed, simply drag your finger down on the screen. If you want it to be brighter and overexposed, then you just drag it up. There are a number of reasons why you would want to sacrifice a perfectly exposed image for a darker or for a brighter one – it all depends on what mood you want to convey. Often when shooting a backlit subject, for example, the smartphone will underexpose the subject, due to all the light in the photo. This is when overexposing would be useful.

Keep it simple

Nowadays it’s so easy to get distracted by everything and it’s such a challenge to stay focused. The same goes for the photos: keep in mind that the more subjects you have the more confusing it might get. Sometimes it’s best to keep it simple and minimalistic by eliminating all the distractions on your iPhone screen when composing your photo. If you include only one main subject in your shot on a plain, or un-distracting background, that could make a powerful impression on the viewer. It could also ensure that your image is easily remembered which is something very valuable in our disposable era.

Send Bold Text In iMessage

Messages app does not allow users to send formatted text to their friends, however there’s an iMessage trick that lets you send bold text to your friend in an iMessage or SMS message. For this we will be taking advantage of the Subject field feature. To use this you have to enable it first. Here’s how you can turn on Subject field and use it to send bold text in the Messages app.

  • Launch Settings and go to Messages settings.
  • From the Messages settings page turn on the toggle for ‘Show Subject Field’. Once you have enabled Subject field, you can type the bold part of the message in the Subject Field section and type rest of the message in the second field. When you send this message, the part that typed in the Subject field will appear bold on other person’s device. Continue reading for more awesome iMessage tricks…

Set the Focus By Touching the Screen

Most of the time, the focus will be sharp throughout an average scene due to the iPhone’s tiny sensor. But if you take close-up photos, you need a specific part of the picture to be sharp. Using the set focus feature will ensure that your main subject is sharp. This photo is a close-up of the flowers. As you can see, the focus is not on the flowers and is more average for the scene. The solution is simple. Touch the iPhone’s screen and place the yellow square in the area you want to be in focus. By placing the subject closer to the camera and making it in focus, the depth of field appears shallow. This throws the background more out of focus for a nice effect.

Work With Different Shooting Modes

Depending on the Apple iPhone model (whether it’s an iPhone 8, iPhone Xs, iPhone 11, etc.), there are several modes you can choose from. These include:

  • Time-Lapse and Slo-Mo;
  • Video;
  • Photo (4×3 Ratio);
  • Square (2×2);
  • Pano (for panoramas);
  • Portrait Mode
  • Ultra-Wide Mode
  • Night-Mode
  • Deep Fusion and Smart HDR While capturing still photos, the 4×3 Photo mode is a perfect ratio for many scenes. Take this cracked mud in the desert. The foreground is close to the camera and the top of the photo is further. Using the 4×3 Photo mode gives the impression of depth. The square mode is also very useful when you have a subject that fills the frame. The Panorama feature can be a lot of fun and is very easy to use. Select the Pano mode, touch the shutter button, and then move the iPhone from left to right. It works best if you have a tripod to keep the camera level. If you don’t have one, try your best to keep the camera level while panning left to right. You might notice in the photo below that it has a black stripe in the lower left and upper right. This is the result of the iPhone not maintaining a level position while moving left to the right. The camera was higher on the left and lower as it approached the right side. You can crop this out though or try again holding your phone on an even level.

Crop Your Images For a Better Result

Sometimes you might capture an image and later discover something in your photo you want to crop out. That was the case with this old rusty piece of mining equipment. I did not care for the vertical pole on the left side of the background and decided to crop it out. This left the subject more centred in the frame. To use the Crop feature, choose the picture from the camera roll and open it, then select Edit. At the bottom next to Cancel, is the crop tool. Click on that, and then you can drag the sides or corners anywhere you wish on the image. And if your horizon is tilted, use two fingers to rotate and straighten. Or drag on the dial right below the picture.

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