Bounce, Loop, & More Crazy Photo Effects Available Now In iOS 11

Update: September 19, 2017: iOS 11 is rolling out to everyone today. If you don't see a pop-up notification, head to Settings > General > Software Update to download Apple's latest.

This article was originally published on September 7, 2017.

A lot can happen in three seconds: You can capture a laugh, a somersault, a masterful latte pour — all things that aren't always best represented by a still photo. On an iPhone, this is the magic of Apple's Live Photos, moving pictures that capture the action 1.5 seconds before and after you hit the shutter button.

With iOS 11, which will officially roll out this fall — the exact date will likely be announced next week — Apple is taking its Live Photos up a notch, with three new animated effects: Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure. Previously, the editing tools for Live Photos were limited to cropping the recording or adding an Instagram-like filter.

It's important to note that while you can apply each of the three effects to any Live Photo you take, some work better than others. We took the beta version of iOS 11 for a spin at Refinery29's 29Rooms to see how each of the new tools work.

Ahead, a complete guide to using the new photo effects to their fullest. Read up now so you're prepped and ready when iOS 11 is finally released to the public, or head here to download the beta version and give these effects a try yourself.

Alexa Meade.
Make A Quick Edit

On iPhone 6s and later, Live Photos are turned on by default, as indicated by a yellow circular icon that looks like a bullseye along the upper camera toolbar. Holding down on the photo (anywhere on the screen) after it's taken will allow you to see the entirety of the moving image.

If you don't like the main photo that shows up in your camera roll, tap "Edit" in the upper right hand corner. With iOS 11, you'll be able to select new "key photo" from any part of the recording. You can also shorten the length of the recording or focus on a specific portion by using the slider.
Alexa Meade.
Apply An Effect

To apply an effect to your Live Photo, exit edit mode and swipe up on the image. You'll see the three new effect options along the bottom. These may take a second or two to load, but once they do, you can tap each one to apply the effect. You can always remove an effect later on, so don't be nervous about experimenting a bit.
Alexa Meade.
Get Loopy

Apply the loop effect and your photo will run in a continuous looping motion for all of eternity. This parasol twirl in Alexa Meade's Become the Masterpiece room will keep going and going and going and...you get the picture.

You'll want to keep your hand as still as possible when taking the photo, since any bump will create a jolt in the Loop, making it look less seamless. If you're a perfectionist, consider using a tripod to ensure the frame stays completely still.
Loop also works well on something that is already spinning, such as a ferris wheel or, in this case (Move and Be Moved at 29Rooms) a cart full of glittery disco balls.
Bounce Back

Apply a bounce, and the photo's motion will seamlessly play forward and backward. This is very similar to a Boomerang, but you're able to capture more of the movement as a Boomerang, by comparison, is only one second long.

Use Bounce to rewind an action like paper shredding in 29Rooms' Shred It by Jake Gyllenhaal.
Or make a light sequence (Symmetry Labs' Light It Up at 29Rooms) even more rave-worthy than it already is.
Blur, Baby, Blur

Long Exposure is an effect usually reserved for more advanced cameras, so it's nice to have the option now to use it on your iPhone. This effect is great for capturing scenes where moving and still objects are in the shot, as the shutter being open will capture both but blur the motion. If you've ever seen a photo where running water that looks slightly blurred compared to its still surroundings or a light trail from a car's tail lights — you've seen a long exposure shot.

Here, the effect blurs a row of rotating streamers hung from the ceiling, allowing you to see the silhouettes of the four women standing behind them.
Share On

One annoying thing about Live Photos is that you can only easily share them with friends who are using the latest iOS (i.e. fellow iPhone users) or those who have Messages for Mac on their computers. (You'll still be able to share your photo with non-Apple users, but they'll only see the still image.) However, for any Live Photos that have an effect applied — bounce, loop, or long exposure — both iOS and Android users will be able to see them in texts. For the latter, they are re-encoded as GIFs.

Unfortunately, many social platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, don't support Live Photos, so only the still shot will appear. You can get a bit of the Bounce effect in Instagram Stories by converting your Live Photo to a Boomerang. If you took the photo within the last 24 hours, swipe up on the camera screen in Stories and select the image. Then, press down on the screen for a few seconds to create the Boomerang.

It isn't quite the same as simply uploading your Live Photo with the cool new effect, but it'll have to do for now.