I don’t know about you, but I spend too much time waiting for the Camera app shutter to open so I can take a photo with my iPhone. The problem with that, of course, is that I miss a lot of shots that way, even when I’m using the lock-screen camera swipe.
Luckily, there’s a simple way to make things move a lot faster when trying to take a quick action shot with your iPhone.
All you really need to do is delete all the pictures on your iPhone or iPad. Just don’t carry them around with you in the Camera Roll, and the Camera shutter will open a lot faster. There are several ways to do this.
Simply open up the Photos app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Tap on the Camera Roll, and then the little swoopy Share button in the upper right. Yeah, we know it’s odd to tap the Share button to get rid of stuff, but bear with me.
When you tap the Share button, you’ll then be able to tap as many photos as you want to delete. They’ll get a little checkmark next to them. Once you’ve tapped all the ones you want to get rid of, tap the Delete button in the lower right.
Your iPhone will delete the photos, right away, just like that. It’s a great way to delete some photos on the go, and quite a bit faster than using Image Capture or iPhoto. If you need to get rid of a bunch of photos (say, all of them), it’s gonna be faster to use your Mac.
You can delete photos one at a time by just tapping on the photo itself in the Photos app, then hitting the little trash can icon. Simple, yet effective.
First of all, be sure to back up all your pictures to your Mac, either via Photostream or iPhoto. Once you’re sure you have them safely ensconced, plug your iPhone into your Mac, and then quit iPhoto, if it’s set to auto launch.
Launch Image Capture from your Applications folder. Image Capture is a much faster in regards to load times, and really makes this process simple. Hit Command-A on your keyboard, or choose Select All from the Edit menu in Image Capture.
Once they’re all selected, click on the red slash button to delete them all. Image Capture will ask you again, with the “are you sure you want to delete all these photos permanently” dialog box. If you’re sure you have a backup, hit the Delete button.
Wait. A long time, if you have a lot of photos. It’s just the nature of the beast. In addition, you won’t be able to cancel this process, so it bears repeating: make sure you have a backup of all your photos!
Once it’s done, you’ll see Image Capture on your Mac’s screen, pristine and photo-less. Congrats, you’ve deleted all your photos from your iPhone. We really hope you had a backup.
Whichever method you choose, let me re-iterate: make sure you have a backup. Get your iPhone and iPad pictures to your Mac or Dropbox or just an external disk.
Once your photos are off your iPhone or iPad, the shutter will take much less time to open, allowing you to catch that action shot when you want to, instead of when your iPhone wants you to.
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Source: OSX Daily.