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Apple introduced a new camera feature for the 6s to help capture such moments: Live Photos. Live Photos records the second or so before and after you hit your camera’s shutter, resulting in something between a video and a GIF. It can capture the happy chatter before a group photo, the crashing of waves on sand, or the way a flower flutters in the breeze. Perfecting the Live Photo requires a slight change in behavior — instead of snapping a picture and lowering your phone immediately afterward, you need to hold the phone still before and after you tap the shutter (a Live Photo update is on the way to correct for this, ending the Live Photo if you raise or drop the camera suddenly).
While a pre-planned Live Photo glamour shot turns out feeling like a well-manicured Instagram, I actually found the more impromptu and accidental Live Photos more entertaining: one of my boyfriend where he says “I think these sunglasses make me look fat,” and another of a hen pecking at someone’s leftover breakfast biscuit on the ground. These are the things that make you smile and chuckle and really remember what an experience was like — the things you may have forgotten if you’d only snapped the photo you were planning to take. If social media platforms start letting you post Live Photos to networks soon (and Facebook does plan to), I think Live Photos could take off in a big way. I certainly had fun taking them — lots of them.