Thanks to the iPhone, everyone takes photos on vacation these days, and while you probably don’t want to share all of them, friends and relatives might like to see a Best Of collection. Or you might wish to share baby photos with your family or pictures of your new city with friends back home.
With iCloud, it’s easy to create a shared album, invite other iCloud users to subscribe to it (handy for viewing on an iOS device or Apple TV, in particular), and to create a public Web page of the photos that anyone can see, even if they don’t use any Apple devices.
First, some setup:
Next, follow these steps, which are similar regardless of the device you’re using:
1. In the Photos app, select some photos or videos. In iOS, that involves tapping Select before tapping the items to select; on the Mac, just Command-click the items you want, or drag a selection rectangle around them.
2. Hit the Share button, and then pick iCloud Photo Sharing.
3. Select an existing album or create a new shared album.
4. For a new album, provide a name, enter the names or email addresses of any iCloud users with whom you want to share the album, and add an optional comment.
5. When you’re done, tap Post in iOS or click Create on the Mac.
To add more photos, repeat those steps to select photos and then add them to a shared album. Alternatively, start with the shared album, though the steps vary slightly between iOS and the Mac:
It’s easy to tweak the options for your shared album or to create a public Web page for it. The process is again similar in both operating systems:
After practicing these steps a few times, you’ll be able to create shared albums in a flash, and share them easily.