Great Google Photos Features
There are many options for storing photos besides a zip or cd drive for safe keeping. There is Flickr, Dropbox, OneDrive, and iCloud, just to start. Google photos had 200 million active users a month after just a year. It’s only grown since then, in users and features.
Google wanted the masses to get into its Google+ social network. When no one did, Google Photos was born. It salvaged the best part—the photo storage and sharing—to create this service.
You need to download less than 16 megapixels to qualify for free unlimited storage, though you can upload larger images and Google converts them to 16 megapixels. (It also downgrades video shot above 1080p.) However, there is also an option to upload images at “original” size. If you pick that, images are not converted, but they do count against your allotted 15GB of online storage with Google, which is shared with Gmail, Google Drive, and other Google services. (Naturally, you can pay Google to get more at $2 per month for 100GB extra or $10 per month for 1TB.)
The biggest benefits I see for personal and business use are:
- Archiving! Never lose a picture or video again if your phone or computer crashes!
Personally, I was able to take photos from from discs, the hard drive on my computer and my phone and archive EVERY digital photo since 1998.
Business I can take a photo or scan with my phone and grab it on my computer quickly to process it.
- Face and location recognition and a great search engine
Personally– I needed pictures of my graduating son, I just pulled up his face and made a video in about 10 minutes.
Business– Can’t find a picture of that business event you took last year? Type in a search for around that date and “bingo” picture found!
- You Tube imports Google videos directly, no downloading or wasting time!
- Scan Old Photos or Documents quickly with Google scan app
Google Photoscan is a free mobile app that comes separately from Google Photos. But it’s worth it if you’re scanning in photos, especially old ones. The app uses a distinct way of scanning with your smartphone camera to reduce glare, enhance resolution, and detect the edges of the shot. The result is, of course, instantly saved into your Google Photos.
Things to remember:
- It backs up your phone pics as you go in with WIFI only, make sure to click the app to save photos from your phone when you have WIFI.