Here's how to create Instagram Reels out of your iPhone's Live photos!

Here's how to create Instagram Reels out of your iPhone's Live photos!

Are you aware that you can recycle live photos snapped with your iPhone and post them on Instagram to add a special touch to your stories or reels? Read on to find out how to make the most of this feature on your iPhone.

Did you know that you can repurpose Live Photos taken with your iPhone to share them on Instagram and add a unique touch to your stories or reels? Here's how to make the most of this feature on your iPhone.

The Live Photos feature on the iPhone allows you to capture a brief moment of action before and after you tap the capture button. It's as simple as taking a regular photo, as long as the Live Photo option is enabled on your device's camera. Instagram has recently introduced full-screen content formats similar to TikTok, making Live Photos even more appealing on users' feeds. 

To share a Live Photo on Instagram, make sure the feature is enabled on your iPhone's camera. Once done, these dynamic photos can be shared as "Boomerangs" in Instagram stories or as short videos in Reels. This transforms the photo into a one-and-a-half-second video that plays in a loop for stories or like any other video for reels.

How to create a Live Photo on iPhone

  • First of all, open your iPhone's Camera app.
  • Make sure that the Live Photo feature is enabled. You can do this by tapping on the Live Photo icon at the top of the screen. When it's yellow, it means Live Photo is turned on.
  • Frame your shot and tap the shutter button to take the photo. Keep in mind that Live Photos capture a few seconds of motion before and after you take the shot, so try to keep the camera steady for the best results.
  • You can customize your Live Photo by applying effects like Loop, Bounce, or Long Exposure. Simply swipe up on the photo and choose the effect you prefer.

How to turn a Live Photo into an Instagram Reel

Converting a Live Photo into a Boomerang-style video is quick and straightforward.

  • Open the Instagram app, swipe left to access the live capture screen, and select the stories option.
  • Tap the infinity sign icon to create your boomerang and choose the live photo you want from your photo library via Instagram.
  • You can further enhance your live photo by adding effects such as echo, slow motion, or duo. These effects are provided by the app itself, and you can preview them before making your selection. Once you're satisfied with the effects, you can share your photo on Instagram stories.

In essence, Live Photos on the iPhone blend photography and video, offering creative ways to share special moments. By transforming a static image into a short video, they not only capture what you see but also the atmosphere and sound of the moment. This type of photography has become a popular creative tool for social media content on platforms like Instagram and TikTok.