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How to create smart albums in Photos for Mac

How to create smart albums in Photos for Mac.

Organizing your photos into albums can be a lengthy, painstaking process, especially if you have thousands upon thousands of photos to sort through. Fortunately, the Photos app for Mac has a tool that can be useful for this task - Smart Albums. Basically this tool lets you automatically group your photos by a number of criteria into albums. Unfortunately, and for unknown reasons, smart albums don't synch with iCloud, so you won't be able to create a smart album on your Mac and then view it on your iPhone.

How to take black and white photos on iPhone

How to take black and white photos on iPhone and iPad.

There are a number of artistic reasons to shoot in black and white - it is still seen by some as photography in its purest form as it eliminates the distraction of color, letting the photographer focus on contrast, form, texture and composition. It can also create a mood and give a sense of timelessness to some photos. Whatever your reason, it is easy to take black and white photos with iPhone. You can put a lens filter on before taking the shot so you can see what it will look like, or you can apply it after. Here's how to do it on iPhone:

How to make your photos look like comic book art

How to make your photos look like comic book art on iPhone and iPad.

You won't find a "comic book" lens filter in the Camera app or even in the Photos app where you would expect it to be, but the filter does exist - buried in the Messages app. Why Apple hasn't just added the filter to Camera and Photos is anybody's guess, this way can be a royal pain if you want to take a lot of comic style photos not only because of the extra steps to get there, but because you have to apply the filter before taking the photo, you can't add it after like you can with the photos in the Photos app.

4 free filter apps to enhance your iPhone photography

4 free filter apps to enhance your iPhone photography

iPhone offers 9 filters that you can alter your photos with - Vivid, Vivid Warm, Vivid Cool, Dramatic, Dramatic Warm, Dramatic Cool, Mono, Silvertone and Noir. You can also tweak each one's intensity on a 0 to 100 scale, so you have quite a range of possibilities when you go to post-process your photos. While this may be enough for most people, if you are really into tweaking colors and textures in your photos, which is an art in itself, then the default array of filters probably seems a bit limited.

How to easily move all similar photos into an album on iPhone

How to move photos of the same thing into an album on iPhone and iPad.

iOS allows you to assign names to people in your photos, which the app can then use to group all pictures of that person into one album. The Photos app even has a default People folder to hold all of your individual people albums. But what if you want to group all photos of an object into an album? Maybe you want an album of all of your photos of cars or dogs. You can actually do this quite easily in most cases, or at least get a good start on it.

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