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ales876

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Nov 25, 2016
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Hey guys, I was wondering when you use the Live Photo feature. Is it even worth it having EACH photo as Live Photo? So do you have it standard ON? If so, why? Or do you just save them normally? Wha is here the Use Case?
 

andreasphh

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Sep 20, 2020
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Depends. If I want to capture sound I turn live photos on, it's easy enough. I also like to use Live Photos for concerts to quickly capture some video and sound bites. if there are any concerts...
 

G5isAlive

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I use it all the time, but I am very picky about photo composition in portraits and this helps me in edits.
 

PhillyGuy72

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Nah, I think I used it for a brief minute when it was introduced. Havent used it since.

I make sure I go to Camera settings, turn that feature off ("Preserve camera settings) so it doesn't turn back on to Live Photo default when launching camera.
 
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lordhamster

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I enjoy using the feature. I have kids (10, 8) and a puppy. So capturing a little "context" around the photo is nice sometimes.
 

MisterSavage

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I sometime turn it on for a loop/bounce that I'm going to send in an iMessage text.

Another here with it permanently turned off.
Such an annoying ‘feature’ and I have kids so I’m apparently the target audience.
If you take video regularly that's understandable. If you don't being able to capture a little bit of their voice is precious.
 

BugeyeSTI

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I use it every once and awhile depending on the situation.. I leave it off as my default setting and activate it when needed
 

PhillyGuy72

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I take that back. Been messing around with photography on my 12 PM, a photography app called "Moment" - which I never really played with also on the old phone - has some VERY cool features including this extremely long time lapse "Bulb" effect.

It does save these awesome long exposure photos into "Live Photos." (which did kind of bum me out a bit, not a huge deal). I love the effect - clip below.

I used a Live Photo to MP4 video converter called Live Studio, this was free years ago. *There are plenty of these Live Photo to Mov converter apps in the app store. From there you can turn Live pics into movie files. ?

 

adrianlondon

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Nov 28, 2013
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I have the default 5GB of iCloud space, so all my photos get exported out of Photos and stored elsewhere. Live Photos don't export (as a photo) so I turn it off and leave it off.

I remember reading that in order for live photo to work, it reduced photo exposure time (so it can keep videoing) which has a negative impact on low-light photography.
 

johaen8

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Aug 17, 2010
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I almost always have it on. I love going through my photos of my kids and dogs and seeing a little bit of motion around the photo. And when those photos are in a Memory, it really enhances the experience.
 
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moyjoy

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I use it a lot, mostly for finding a better shot. But I also use the Motion Stills app to make gifs when the Live Photo catches something cute.
 

andyw715

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I have it set to always because there are moments where you can find a better shot hiding inside the Live Photo but I turned off the auto play in the Settings. Annoying when scrolling otherwise
This is mainly what I use it for. Inevitably on of the kids will blink, so its nice to go forward or back a few frames to get a better photo.

I do wonder if picture quality suffers if you make a different frame the key frame? Although other than the seasonal printing on a Christmas card we only view these photos on the phone or via Apple TV....so PQ might not be that big of a deal.
 

stephenschimpf

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Jun 15, 2018
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No, never. When I take a photo, I want a photo. If I want a video, I take a video. I don't see the point of having a three-second video. If I want to hear the sounds where I'm at, or hear someone's voice saying something, I take a longer video.
 

Maetzle

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Jun 2, 2014
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I always have it set to on. I love that function, especially when taking photos with friends and family. Makes going through "old" photos even more enjoyable and those moments feel just so much more alive.
 
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