Live Photos are a brand new type of image that can only be taken on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. They record a 3-second video accompaniment to your normal photographs, showcasing the moments before and after the still image was snapped. This is great for capturing unexpected moments or adding subtle movement to a landscape shot.

Live Photos are taken automatically when you snap regular pictures, so long as the feature is activated. You can toggle it on or off by tapping the concentric circles icon top and center of the Camera app. When you come to scroll though your pictures later you’ll notice a split-second of movement as each Live Photo comes onscreen. Press firmly onscreen (taking advantage of the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch) to play the animation.

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Although Live Photos are taken automatically, it does take a little forethought to take a good one. It’s important to keep the camera relatively still and to remember to hold it in position for a moment before and after hitting the shutter button. Moving the camera too soon can result in a nausea-inducing end to your otherwise great photos.