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From the author of Beam Photos Wirelessly Between iOS Devices

Beam Photos Wirelessly Between iOS Devices

If you own an iPhone, chances are that it's your go-to snapshot camera because it's almost always with you. iPhoto for iOS also works on the iPhoto and iPod touch, with all of the features it has on the iPad, but editing on the smaller screen is comparatively limiting. Instead, iPhoto offers a simple way to transfer photos between iOS devices, enabling you to edit on the iPad without resorting to some cumbersome process of syncing with your computer. Follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that both iOS devices are turned on and running iPhoto.
  2. On the source device from which you want to share (in this example, an iPhone 4S), tap the Share button (the rectangle with a curved arrow coming out of it).
  3. Tap the Beam button.
  4. Choose which photos to "beam" from the source device to the target device. iPhoto notes how many photos are selected and flagged. You can also tap the Choose button and select up to 100 thumbnails from your library.
  5. Tap the name of the other device running iPhoto (the target), and then tap the Beam Photos button.
  6. On the target device (in this case, an iPad), tap Yes in the dialog that asks whether you want to accept the photos. You'll find the image in the Beamed album that iPhoto creates (third from left in Figure 7).
  7. Figure 7 Photos beamed from other devices appear in their own album.

iPhoto for iOS joins a burgeoning collection of apps that make the iPad an essential addition to any photographer's camera bag. My book The iPad for Photographers: Master the Newest Tool in Your Camera Bag covers other critical uses such as rating and tagging photos for import into Lightroom, reviewing photos on location or in the studio, editing video footage, creating a photo portfolio, and more.

Jeff Carlson is a columnist for the Seattle Times, a senior editor of the weekly electronic publication TidBITS, and a frequent contributor to publications such as Macworld and Photoshop Elements Techniques. He is also the author of numerous books, such as The iPad for Photographers: Master the Newest Tool in Your Camera Bag and The iPad Pocket Guide, Third Edition. Find him online at and on Twitter at @jeffcarlson.

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