Pro Tips for Flickr’s iOS app

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We recently updated the Flickr App for iOS to version 3.1.1. Since the App’s launch, we’ve brought a number of features requested by the Flickr community, such as the ability to add photos to groups, to edit photo titles and descriptions after upload, and to edit and add tags in the app.

While we will continue to make improvements to the app with every new version we release, there are a number of great features that we want to explore further: our “Pro Tips.”

We developed these shortcuts to facilitate common actions you will likely take as you shoot and organize your photos:

1. Want to focus and expose in two different spots on the screen? Use two fingers to tap the screen and get two different targets for focus and exposure.

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2. Tap either or both to toggle between locked or continuous focus and exposure.

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3. Ever wanted Fibonacci’s golden ratio right on your screen while shooting? Of course you did! When composing your shot, you can swipe either right or left to get helpful composition guides, such as rule of thirds, Fibonacci’s spiral, portrait framing and more.

4. Live filters rule! When composing your photos or shooting your videos, you can apply filters live and see what effect you’re going to get as you go.

5. Want to finesse that filter? Add some color bursts? Adjust the vignette? Once you’ve selected a filter, tap it again to make additional adjustments. Swipe up and down to get even more filter adjustment options.

6. Compile multiple video clips at once. When you’re shooting video, press and hold the red button to record a clip. Then press and hold to add another clip. You can press the minus button to remove a clip you don’t want to use.

7. Need some extra light when shooting video? You can use your phone’s flashlight feature while shooting video to get that perfect low-light party shot.

8. The new Flickr app has enhanced the ever important rotate/straighten feature so you can be sure your horizon lines are accurate and balanced. Great for fixing those crooked landscape shots from riding on horseback or up in the crows nest on a ship, of course!

9. For quick uploads from your camera roll, hold down the camera icon in the Flickr app and you will jump right to the camera roll on your phone.

10. We’ve enabled a couple easy ways to jump back to the top of the sections in your profile. Once scrolled down into a section like “Public” or “Albums,” tap on the section tab to immediately scroll to the top of that section.

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These are just a few of the power tools we’ve added to the app and we’ll continue to make improvements based on your feedback. Have fun and let us know what you think in the Flickr Ideas feedback forum.

Thanks,
Travis Houlette
Flickr iOS Lead