How to Look at Pictures on Your iPad - dummies

How to Look at Pictures on Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Photographs are meant to be seen, of course, not buried in the digital equivalent of a shoebox. And, the iPad affords you some neat ways to manipulate, view, and share your best photos.

You’ve no doubt already figured out how to find a photo, view it full-screen, and display picture controls. But you can do a lot of maneuvering of your pictures without summoning those controls. Here are some options:

  • Skip ahead or view the previous picture: Flick your finger left or right.

  • Landscape or portrait: The iPad’s wizardry (or, more specifically, the device’s accelerometer sensor) is at work. When you turn the iPad sideways, the picture automatically reorients itself from portrait to landscape mode, as the images in the figure show.

    Pictures shot in landscape mode fill the screen when you rotate the iPad. Rotate the device back to portrait mode, and the picture readjusts accordingly.

    The Screen Orientation Lock to the left of the iPad controls in the multitasking tray must be switched off (or unlocked on the side if you use the physical switch as a rotation lock instead of a mute switch).

    Show a picture to a friend by flipping the iPad over. The iPad always knows which is right side up.

    The same picture in portrait (left) and landscape (right) modes.
    The same picture in portrait (left) and landscape (right) modes.
  • Zoom: Double-tap to zoom in on part of an image. Double-tap again to zoom out. Alternatively, spread and pinch with your thumb and index finger to zoom in and zoom out. The downside to zooming is that you can’t see the entire image.

  • Pan and scroll: This cool feature is guaranteed to make you the life of the party. After you zoom in on a picture, drag it around the screen with your finger. Besides impressing your friends, you can bring front and center the part of the image you most care about. That lets you zoom in on Fido’s adorable face.

  • Skim: A bar appears at the bottom of the screen when you summon picture controls. Drag your finger across the bar in either direction to quickly view all the pictures in an open album.

  • Map it: If you tap the Places tab instead of an album, or event or faces collection, a map like the one shown in this figure appears. Notice the red pins on the map. These indicate that pictures were taken in the location shown on the map.

    Now tap a pin, and a stack representing all the images on the iPad shot in that location appears, as shown in middle of the figure. As before, you can tap or pinch the collection to open it.

    The iPad 2 is pretty smart when it comes to geography. So long as Location Services is turned on in Settings and the specific location settings (also under Location Services in Settings) for the camera are turned on, pictures you take with the iPad 2 cameras are geotagged, or identified by where they were shot.


Think long and hard before permitting images to be geotagged if you plan on sharing those images with people for whom you want to keep your address and other locations private, especially ones you’re planning on sharing online.

You can spread your fingers on a map to enlarge it and narrow the pictures taken to a particular area, town, or even neighborhood.