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Beat boredom with these fun photo ideas for iPhone and iPad

Jeff Carlson | March 24, 2015
Trapped inside due to weather? Itching to make photos but you've been too busy? Or do you just have a few hours to kill? It's easy to think we can't capture photos unless we wake up before dawn to welcome the sunrise or travel to picturesque locales, but fun photos can be made anywhere and at any time.

Next, use the Cut Out tool to draw over the subject. Don't forget to select any shadow areas created by the person's placement (like the shadow to the right of the girl's legs).

When you release your finger from the screen, the app creates a mask, hiding everything in the photo except for the area you selected. The other photo shows through, combining the two into one image.

Mix works only with two images at a time; if you want to add more clones, export the combined image to the Camera Roll, and then create a new project with that as the base.

Create a time-lapse movie

Fun photos don't need to be limited to still images. Apple's Camera app now includes a Time-Lapse feature that captures one image every 8 seconds, then stitches those shots together to make a video. The video can be of anything: light moving across a floor, snow falling outside, people moving around in a room. Mount the device on your car's dashboard and create a super fast version of your commute.

This is another example where having a tripod or other mount is helpful, but it's not required. In the Camera app, frame your subject and swipe the screen to switch to Time-Lapse mode. I recommend locking the focus and exposure by pressing and holding an area of the screen until you see a yellow indicator that reads AE/AF LOCK. That prevents unexpected color and exposure shifts during the course of the recording. And since captures take a long time, it's a good idea to plug the device into power while shooting.

Tap the Record button to start, and then come back later and tap it again to stop. It should turn out something like this:

I also recommend the free app Hyperlapse for easy time-lapse creation. When you want more control over how often the shutter fires, look at Lapse It.

Make boring fun

A friend of mine used to say that boredom doesn't exist — if you're feeling bored, then go do something about it. With a camera, even the one in your iPhone or iPad, you can soon pass the time and have fun making new photos.


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