The Photos App iOS 8

The latest iOS edition of the Photos app has been redesigned to offer new ways to easily, and in some cases automatically, organize and sort your images. By default, when you take a photo using the Camera app, in addition to capturing the image itself, your iPhone or iPad also records the time and date when each photo was taken, as well as the location where it was taken.



The Photos app is divided into three tabs: Photos, Shared and Albums.

Photos: In this tab, you can access all your photos using the Years, Collections and Moments views. All photos can be accessed in the Camera roll: This includes photos and videos you took on your iOS device, or saved from your email, text message, webpage, or screenshot. The default tab is Photos.

Shared: In this tab, you can access the photos and videos that you’ve shared or that others shared with you using iCloud Photo Sharing (previously called Photostream). To access this, you need to have turned on Photos in the iCloud settings. Go to Settings, iCloud, Photos.

  • My Photo Stream: All new photos taken on your iPad will be automatically sent to all your devices that have this feature turned on when connected to WiFi.
  • iCloud photo sharing: Create shared albums with other people or subscribe to other people’s shared albums.

Albums: Quick access to the albums that you’ve manually created. You can also access the automatic folders: Recently Deleted, Favorites, Panoramas, Videos and My Photostream from this tab. When you transfer images into your iOS mobile device from iTunes, separate folders are automatically created for them. Meanwhile, at anytime, you can manually create new folders, with custom names, and then move selected images into those folders.


Searching for Photos

Search: But discoverability is greatly enhanced with a new dedicated search button located at the top of the screen. Tapping the search icon automatically presents users with a list of categories you can tap to narrow down your results, including pictures that were taken nearby from your current location. You can also type in what you are looking for to search for images based on location or date.


Viewing Photos

So the Photos app enables you to sort and organize your images in a variety of ways. If you want to begin by viewing thumbnails of all images stored in your iPhone or iPad, tap on the Photos icon. The Photos app automatically sorts your images using the dates and times they were taken. (If no relevant metadata is included with the images, the date and time the images were transferred into the iPhone or iPad is used.)

Images are stored (saved) within Albums. However, when you access the Years, Collections, or Moments view, the Photos app sorts and displays thumbnails for the images based on the dates and locations that each photo was taken. The Photos app automatically organizes your photos into years, collections and moments.


Moments View

Moments view divides up your photos more completely, introducing breaks for every major change in time or place.


Tap a photo in Moments view to see the photos

  1. Remember: Navigation is always at the top left of the screen. Tap here to get back to Moments view.
  2. See the time and date the photo was taken.
  3. Make this photos a Favorite. It will automatically appear in the new Favorites folder found in the Albums tab. Thanks to iCloud photo library, favorites are synced between devices. Any photo or video you mark as a favorite on one device will have that status synced to all devices, and will appear in the favorites folder on all devices.
  4. Tap Edit to get to the Editing tools.
  5. You can see all the photos in this moment. Swipe left or right.
  6. Share. Tap to access the sharing options.
  7. Trash the photo. To trash multipler photos, select the photos from the Moments view (in a single moment, only one photo can be trashed at a time).

Viewing options in moments view

As you’re viewing the thumbnails displayed as part of the Moments view, you have several options for switching views, including the following:

  1. Tap on the Collections option that’s displayed at the top-left corner of the screen to switch to the Collections view.
  2. Tap on the Location part of the heading to switch to the Map view.
  3. Tap on the Share link that enables you to either Share This Moment (meaning all images grouped within that Moment) or Share Some Photos (enabling you to pick which images you want to share from a Moments collection). (See Sharing Multiple Photos)
  4. Tap on an individual image thumbnail to view a larger version of that single image and be able to work with it using the Photos app’s various editing, enhancing, sharing, and printing tools.
  5. Tap on one of the other two command icons displayed along the bottom of the Photos app screen: Shared or Albums to switch viewing options altogether.
  6. When you open an image in the Photos app, you’ll now see the location, date and time that the photo was taken at the top of the screen.


Collections View

While accessing the Years view, tap on any image thumbnail to switch to the Collections view. Collections is a grouping of moments such as your trip to Melbourne. The photos are organized into Moments according to date and location. Collections are either labeled by the date or date range or by the location, with the date range to the right.

However, if you tap on the Year heading or the location names where the images were taken, a Map view is displayed. It shows on a map where photos were shot. As you look at the Map view, the number displayed in the blue circle indicates how many images were shot at that geographic location.


The Years View

The Years view is quite simply, photos and videos are grouped by year (the Macro level). For example: 2014, 2013 etc. It displays a collage made up of tiny thumbnails from the photos and videos taken during that year. Years are labeled with the year. Tapping on it will take you to the Collections view. Each year holds Collections, like your trip to Melbourne. And in that Collection are distinct Moments  photos from Fed Square, videos from Southbank. So you can find a shot from whenever, wherever, in no time.

After tapping on the Photos icon, you can quickly scan the thumbnails for all the images stored in your iOS mobile device. The Years view collects all the images taken within a particular year. Next to each year heading, a condensed listing of where the photos were taken is displayed. It's very literally a bird's eye view of your year in photos. And the photo thumbnails are tiny, fitting what looks like 32 across in portrait mode


Viewing thumbnails in Years & collections view

The Years view in the Photos app displays tiny thumbnails for all images that are taken within a particular year.

To help make up for the tiny size of thumbnails, Photos lets you long press on a photo to pop up a larger sized thumbnail for that photo. If you release the finger it will open the photo or video. Moving your finger around switches between photos. This lets you more easily select a specific photo out of the much higher density of photos presented in some views.


This video explores the features of the Photos app in iOS 8. It covers how to view photos using the Years, Collections and Moments view, searching for photos, creating, editing and deleting albums and the default albums: Recently Deleted, Panorama, Favorites, Videos and Camera roll.

This video explores the sharing options for photos in iOS 8. Sharing can be a sharing event like sending the photo to an app or social network, or a sharing action, like printing, assigning the photo as wallpaper or Airdrop. It also explores how to delete single and multiple photos, setting up and running a slideshow.

Sharing a Photo

To share a photo can mean any of the following: emailing it, uploading it to a cloud service like Flickr or Google Drive, attaching it as a message, sending it to a social network like Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, sharing it to your Photostream and a host of other options.

To share a photo, tap the Share button.

Select the photo(s) to be shared

Select a single photo or multiple photos.

Then tap where you'd like to share the photo.

1. This sends the photos to an app which you have loaded on your iPad. Some apps will require you to have an account and be signed into that account.

2. This will perform an action with the photos eg; Sending it to the printer, copying the photo to paste into another app, or using it as wallpaper.

Sharing Extensions

Discover a whole new world of iPhone and iPad functionality with extensions. This new aspect of iOS 8 enables programs to extend iOS apps with new features.

With iOS 8 and share extensions, you basically have a plugin that lets you share comments, photos, videos, audio, links, and more right from the Photos app or any appropriate apps that hooks into the Share Sheet system. You can share from wherever you are, whenever you have the content in front of you.

You access extensions by tapping the MORE button.

There are actually two “More” buttons: one that lets you customize app sharing (the top row), and one that lets you customize actions (the bottom row). Starting with the top row, you’ll have a few defaults, namely Messages, Mail, Twitter and Facebook. But with the new extensions available to developers in iOS 8, you’ll also see compatible third party apps in this list.

Selecting the Apps  used as Extensions

This collection of apps are loaded onto the iPad. Any photo from the Camera roll, when selected, can be shared to any of these apps.. For example, a photo could be shared directly to my Pinterest account, or to my Evernote account.

You can rearrange the order these apps appear by dragging the handles. Once you’ve got your third party app extensions all sorted out, press Done to head back to the main share sheet menu

Albums in the Photos App iOS 8

Default Albums

There are a number of Albums provided as a default in iOS 8.

  1. Camera Roll. all photos, videos, screencaptures are located here. It is onle long list of everything ypou have on your iPad - no organization to it at all.
  2. My Photo Stream. If you have turned on Photostram in iCloud / Photos, then this album will include tbhe last 100o photos from all of your compatible devices running Photostream. To get this to work, every device must have Photostream turned on in the icloud settings.
  3. Favorites. When you favorite a photo, you can find it in this album. To remove a Favourite, deselect it don't trash it.
  4. Panoramas. when you create a Panorama using the Camera, it will be located in this album.
  5. Videos. Any video taken with the iPad's camera will be located here, as well as in the Camera Roll.
  6. Time Lapse Videos. Any time lapse video taken with the iPad's camera will be located here, as well as in the Camera Roll.
  7. Recently Deleted. Any photo you trash will be located in this album for 30 days, just in case you want to recover it. It will be automatically deleted adfter 30 days.

Create your own Album

You can create your own albums in two ways.

  1. Select a number of photos from the Moments view and then tap, Add To.
  2. You can also create an Album from the Albums tab. Tap the + on the top left, name your album, add your photos.

Add the photos to an Album

If you have an existing album, select the Album in which to add the photos. eg I could add the photos to the Examples album.

To create a new album for these selected photos, select New Album.

Delete photos from an Album

  1. Open the Album
  2. Tap Select and tap the photos you want to delete.
  3. Tap the Trash can to delete the photos. They will be deleted from the album but will still appear in the Camera Roll.

Delete an Album

You can delete an Album and return all the photos back to the Camera Roll. From the Albums tab, tap the Edit button, and any album that can be deleted will have a small black X on the top left. Simply tap the X to delete the album. You will receive a warning message. to continue, tap Delete.

NOTE: you cannot delete any of the default albums eg; Recently Deleted, Favorites, Videos etc.

Tap Done when you've finished.

Editing A Photo

The Photos app in iOS 8 also makes post processing easier and more powerful, with the addition of editing features and extensions. This video shows you how to use the editing tools: The Crop tool, auto enhancement and filters and smart adjustments: Light (you can alter exposure, highlights, shadows, brightness, contrast and black point), Colour (colour, saturation and cast) and B/W (this provides a variety of black and white adjustments such as intensity, neutrals, tone and grain. It will also explain how to use photo extensions.