September 2021 News: Google Photos issue

  September 2021 | Issue 169  | Archives
What’s up with Jim and Chris – the Geeks
3,021 Miles traveled in August
August was a play month! We visited a national park, drove over a 12,000 foot pass in the Rockies, visited lots of friends, showed off our Star Trek geekiness by stopping at the Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk (photo above), slept at a winery, and hung out at the shore. Fun, fun, fun.
We’re home now. Here’s the complete summer tour map:
There were no work stops on our schedule this month, but that didn’t prevent us from doing some online work. Three online events happened to be all about Google Photos – so we decided to dedicate this issue of the newsletter to that topic. See articles below about Editing with Google Photos, Making movies with Google Photos, and 30 questions answered
about Google Photos.
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What’s coming up – Our Calendar September 2021
We’re Presenting Online
Things are all online-only on our calendar this month.
  • Sept 12, 2pm ET- Episode 219 of “What Does This Button Do?
  • Sep 12, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Sep 13, 3pm ET Members Only Zoom – Google Photos update
  • Sep 20, 7pm ET- Google Photos: Ask Chris Anything Live
  • Sep 24, 7pm ET- Members Only Orientation and Q&A Live
  • Sep 19, 2pm ET- Episode 220 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Sep 19, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
We have one in-person Roadtrek Rally planned starting on the 26th in Sarasota, Fl.
  • Oct 10, 2pm ET- Episode 220 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Oct 10, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Oct 18, 7pm ET- Google Photos: Ask Chris Anything Live
  • Oct 24, 2pm ET- Episode 220 of What Does This Button Do?
  • Oct 24, 3pm ET Backstage Pass for Members Only Zoom meeting
  • Oct 26-28, Roadtrek Rally in Sarasota, Fl.
  • Oct 29, 7pm ET- Members Only Orientation and Q&A Live
Live YouTube Shows Sundays at 2pm Eastern time “The Button Show”
September 12th and 26th
October 10th and 24th

Ask the Geeks Q&A forum. Anyone can read the forum, only members can ask questions. This is a valuable benefit of membership. Join Today! Here are some recent discussions

  1. Data usage on the Canadian border
  2. Changes in editing Google Photos
  3. Does it work with Kindle Books?
  4. Canceling Google One
  5. iCloud storage

All about Google Photos
Jim and I are evangelists for Google Photos, so it surprises us when we meet someone who doesn’t know what it is. We recently asked someone if they used Google Photos, and they said “Sure, I Google for images all the time.”  No, no, no, we’re not talking about public photos, we’re talking about your private library of photos and videos. I have 84,000 photos and videos stored in my Google Photos account. From scanned photos of me as a baby, to high school
graduation and world travels, to to selfies from last week at the beach. I can simply search for any photo I want to see.
We pay $20/year for storage space in the cloud. With that we get all the features that are part of Google Photos. In this newsletter issue, we’ll tell you about 2 of these features:
  1. Improving your photos with Editing,
  2. Making movies from your photos and videos.
  • The 3d article is about our open Q&A session where you’ll be able to see our answer to 30 different questions about Google Photos.
  • Lastly, we’re announcing a members-only Zoom meeting to discuss recent updates to Google Photos

Editing can take your photos from trash to treasure
Built right in to Google Photos are tools for improving your photos. Tools like Crop, straighten, Adjust exposure, Adjust color. You can use these tools on the computer/web version of Google Photos as well on the iOS and Android app. Whenever you’re looking at your photos, take a minute to make them look better.
This article gives you the exact process to make the changes in the photos above, and it includes a YouTube show where we demonstrate that and more.

Using Google Photos to make instant movies from your photos
If you use Google Photos to store your photos and videos, you need to try making movies! It is drop-dead easy to make short movies complete with music that you can then share with your friends.
This article outlines the 3 basic steps to create a movie and also tells you about some of the options. If you use motion photos (Live photos on iPhone) be prepared for a treat when your movies come to life!
At the end of the article is a 50 minute video with lots of demonstration and discussion about the easiest and best ways to make movies.

30 Questions answered about Google Photos
Most every month, we host a Youtube and Facebook live stream for open Q&A about Google Photos. During our August session, we had 30 questions.
You can watch the full 1 hour show, or you can read thru the list of questions and click on the timeline link for just those that pique your interest.

Google Photos update – for members only
If you are a premium member of, please join us on Monday, Sep 13 at 3pm Eastern time for an update on Google Photos. There’s nothing major, but a lot of minor changes since the book was published in June. Some of these changes could be important for you!
We’ll be using the Zoom links for the Backstage Pass. You can find that link on the Member Login page.

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