Editing DSLR shots on my iPhone

One of the reasons I updated to the iPhone X was to not only have a great camera but a great canvas on which to edit my images. The screen is one of the best I own so why not use it to edit my photos taken on the Canon.

On a recent family trip out I decided to only use my iPhone to edit. I shot with my 70D mostly that day and when I got home imported the images into the iMac, which then gets them into iCloud Photo Library.

I then sit back and run through them in Photos on my iPhone. First I go through them to favourite any that I want to edit later or have potential.

Now I’ll pick one and edit. I’m only using the tools within Photos. I’ll first use the crop tool to straighten it on the horizon or bring it down to the focus I want.

I’ll then hit the magic paintbrush icon to let Apple decide how it looks best. 80% of the time I’ll be happy with this edit. If I’m not then I’ll go and tweak brightness etc on my own.

The beauty of this workflow is that all of my edits and images are in one place and accessible to all of my devices.

Apple iPhone X leather case

Thought it was about time I cased my iPhone X for a bit. I’ve had a silicone case but never owned a leather one. I picked up a saddle brown one, here it is as day 1. Looking forward to seeing how it ages over time.

How to remove stereo pairing on the HomePod

The home app isn’t the most intuitive bit of software from Apple. I wanted to unpair my new HomePod and it wasn’t immediately obvious.

Here’s how

  1. Tap on the home app
  2. Long hold on the paired HomePod icon
  3. Tap details
  4. Scroll to the bottom and you’ll see ungroup accessories
  5. Tap

Why I bought a second HomePod

I’ve been loving having a quality audio experience in my home office, as I wrote about before but the more I used it the more I loved having it in the office.


The issue I had is that I took it from the kitchen where the whole family could enjoy it. We had gotten used to calling on Siri to play our favourites and having already taken the Sonos out of action didn’t have a replacement.

I had a Sonos Play:1 and the thought of having to use it again after getting used to using Siri filled me with dread. The Sonos app is slow and being only able to call up songs via it rather than voice was annoying. After getting used to the HomePod and using either Siri or AirPlay without having to log on anywhere was a breeze.

I decided that we should get a second, but justifying over £300 for a second one needed me to be a little creative.

I decided to pick up a second one used so I traded in my Sonos Play:1, a couple of old iPhones and a couple of PS4 games I’m not playing. End result a shiny new (and still wrapped in plastic) HomePod for £5 after my trade with CEX.

At the moment I have them as a stereo pair to test (it sounds amazing) and then I’ll be moving the space grey one up to it’s place in the kitchen and leave the white one in the office.

How to go back to iOS 11 on the iPhone X

If you’ve moved to iOS 12 beta and want to go back here’s how to do that on iOS 11.

  1. Turn off your iPhone X (hold down power and volume up for a few seconds)
  2. You’ll need a Mac so fire up iTunes
  3. Grab your lightning cable
  4. Plug it into your iPhone whilst holding down power (right side button) and volume down at the same time
  5. Click restore

Once your Mac has downloaded iOS 11.4 it’ll start to restore your iPhone.