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Recently we did our show on the multitude of ways to share photos using Google Photos. See Episode 247 here. This article is to reiterate that the best way to share is by using a link. There are 3 benefits to sharing with a link:
Anyone with the link can view the photo(s)
It doesn’t take up any space, it’s just a link
If you share an album, and they ‘join’ the album, they’ll see future additions
Share one photo with a link
On Computer/Web: Open the photo you want to share and click the Share button. Find the “Create Link” button and click that. Copy the resulting link, and paste it wherever you want. In an email, a Facebook post, a text message, etc. When your friends see the link, they can click on it and see the photo. Like this: https://photos.app.goo.gl/76xiyHARwLNpxNMN9
On iPhone: Open the photo you want to share and click the share button (square with up arrow) Next tap the ‘Share To:” link and scroll down to find Create link. Follow the prompts to Create link and it is copied. Now go to where you want to share it and paste. If you don’t know how
to copy/paste on a phone, check out the video at the end of this message.
Share an Album with a Link
If you have an album of photos and you’d like to share them all, it’s easy with a link.
On Computer/Web or Mobile
Open the album
and tap the share icon – you should see it just above the top of the album
Now find the “Create Link” button. On iOS you’ll find it under “Share To:”
Once you’ve copied the link, you can paste it anywhere your friends will find it. They don’t need to use Google Photos, they don’t even need to have a Google account. Anyone who clicks that link, will see the
photos in the album.
IF they do use Google Photos, they can “Join” the album. That means that they will be notified any time you add new photos to that album.
Have you ever created an event on your calendar then missed it anyway? I have several online events that are on my calendar, they even give me a one hour reminder notification, and I still miss it because I started doing something else and completely missed one hour mark.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get an additional reminder at 10 or even 5 minutes before the event? Yes, you can! You can try it now with this important event you don’t want to miss! Our next Live Show – What Does This Button Do? Episode 249 is scheduled for Jan 15, 2023 at 2pm Eastern time. Our topic will be How to transfer photos from your phone to your computer.
Using Google Calendar
Open Google Calendar, either on computer at Calendar.google.com or the app on your phone. Click the + and choose Event, then fill out the
Description: How to transfer photos from phone to computer
Setting multiple notifications
When you see the section for Notification, there may be a default notification for 1 hour already added – if not go ahead and add it yourself, then you can “Add another notification for 5 or 10 minutes. You can even add a “Custom notification” via email 1 day before. There doesn’t seem to be any limit to how many reminders you can add to an event using Google Calendar.
Your screen should look something like this:
After clicking “Add Notification” you should see “5 minutes before, 10 minutes before, 30 minutes before and Custom. Just tap the ones you want.
On iPhone’s – Apple iCalendar: it’s called “Alert” rather than notification, and you can only have 2. We recommend using Google Calendar, even on your iPhone.
If you have a video that you’d like to include with a card, I have good news. It is SO easy to create a QR code of the video, print it and put it inside the card!
In this example, I’m using a Christmas card and, if you scan the QR code you can watch a cute little JibJab video of Chris and Jim singing a Merry Christmas song.
You could use this same technique to include a home video of your family in a birthday card, or a favorite YouTube music video to add to a Graduation card, or an Introduction to Our Business to print on a business card. The only limit is your imagination.
Try it now
On a computer, using the Chrome browser, find a favorite YouTube video.
Open the video to play it, then pause the playback
Click the Share button in the address bar
in the menu that appears, click the “Create QR code” button
That’s it! you have a QR code for that video. Scan the code with your phone to be sure it works as expected.
Note: if you’re sharing a video from your Google Photos, you must share with a link first, then follow that link to see the video. Create the QR code from there.
Now you need to print that code on a piece of paper you can insert in the card
Click the Download button below the QR code to put it on your computer’s hard drive. it will be a .png image file. Hopefully, you have your browser settings so that you can specify what folder to put it in. If not, it probably will be found in your Downloads folder.
Now you can open the file and print it, but it’s better to create a document and insert the QR code file. Then you can control the size and add some other text
If you need to review how to scan a QR code, this video should help
Episode 248 of our What Does This Button Do? YouTube show is all about creating QR codes. They can do much more than you think. A QR code can add items to your calendar, give you a map, or a person’s contact info. It’s all quite easy.
Do you use Google Photos? Do you want to do more with it? Finding the photos you want quickly. Making your photos look their best with easy built-in editing tools and then sharing them with friends. You can even make fun collages. This is a one hour webinar.
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The photo above comes from the Occidental resort in Cozumel, Mexico. Do you like it? I sure do – it was taken with my Samsung S21 Ultra using the night mode. Without the special night mode feature, teh foreground was too dark to see anything. We had a great week of relaxation and scuba
diving for Chris’ 70th birthday. Life is good! We also took a Carribbean cruise with family over the Thanksgiving week. It was a full month of travel.
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Sometimes when I take a photograph with my iPhone 7, the snapshot moves briefly when I view it. Why?Sometimes this exceedingly brief “video” has an image I would like to save and print at the beginning and not at the end of the movement. Specifically dolphins leaping from the water. Is there anyway I can stop the motion where I need to?
Yes! You can get the photo you want from a frame on the Live photo. And lots more!
Isn’t it cool that your phone or tablet automatically rotates the contents when you change the way you’re holding it to see a picture take up more of the screen? That is unless it doesn’t! Or it does and you don’t want it to. This article explains where the setting is to control this feature on both iPhone and Android.
Blast from past 2004: Wi-Fi tip: Get the right Wi-Fi adapter
When we were brand new fulltime RVers, Jim helped our RV park get set up with Wi-Fi. We also helped a lot of other RVers get connected via Wi-Fi. Things haven’t changed much have they? Read the old article here.
The biggest change is that we don’t have to teach that anymore! First of all,
cellular connectivity has gotten so good that most people have all they need with their smartphone. Secondly, for people like fulltime RVers who do need to know more, our friends at the Mobile Internet Resource Center do such a good jub that we refer to them anytime someone asks us.
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Sometimes when I take a photograph with my iPhone 7, the snapshot moves briefly when I view it. Why? Sometimes this exceedingly brief “video” has an image I would like to save and print at the beginning and not at the end of the movement. Specifically dolphins leaping from the water. Is there anyway I can stop the motion where I need to?
The snapshot that moves is called a Live Photo and it has been a feature of iPhones since the 6s. Turning on the Live option in the camera will result in 3 seconds of video being captured along with the still shot. You know if your Live option is turned on if the bullseye at the top center of the camera is gold. If it’s white with a line thru it then Live is OFF. Just tap it and you will briefly see the words LIVE or LIVE OFF.
When I learned about Live Photos, my first reaction was “Cool! A way to pick the best frame from 3 seconds of video for the perfect photo, without using Burst shot.” This is what Mary wants to do in order to get the shot of the dolphins in mid-air, not just the splash.
How to See the Video Portion of a Live Photo
Using the Photos app that comes with your iPhone, you will see a brief glimpse of the live photo as you view the photos in your camera roll. To see the entire 3 seconds of video, you must press and hold on photo. You will see – and hear – the 3 seconds of video.
Using the Google Photos app, when you view a Live Photo on an iPhone, you will see a button that has two positions, play and pause. When it is in the play position, the video portion will play over and over. When in Pause, you see the still photo.
The Easy Way to Change the Frame
What shows up as the still in an iPhone Live Photo is called the Key Photo. It is easy to change the key photo to another frame using the Apple Photos app that comes with your iPhone.
A different procedure using Google Photos
Using Google Photos, you can view the Live Photo, play it, then tap the 3-dot menu in the upper right (or just swipe up on the photo) scroll to the right and you’ll see an option to Save as Video. This will separate the 3 seconds of video and make a standalone .mov file. Then, when you view the video, you can tap the edit button and see a filmstrip of every frame. Tap the frame you want and then tap “Export frame.” This results in a new photo of just that frame. If that’s all you want, then you can delete the original Live photo and .mov file since they are all separate files.
Learn more about Live photos, as well as motion photos on Android?
Episode 223 from November of 2021 is a show we did on “Why do my photos move?” On December 5, 2022, we were guest speakers on the Tech for Seniors show and presented lots of smartphone photography tips including Live and Motion photos. The video below starts at the point we demonstrate Live and Motion photos.
Isn’t it cool that your phone or tablet automatically rotates the contents when you change the way you’re holding it to see a picture take up more of the screen?
Isn’t it annoying that your phone or tablet automatically rotates the contents when you lie down to read your book in bed? Especially when you’re in that reclining position just between vertical and horizontal and your book keeps flipping back and forth!
Or – maybe your screen doesn’t rotate at all?
There’s a Setting for That!
On an Android device, access your quick settings by swiping down from the top of the screen.
You should see an icon for auto-rotate. It may be labeled “Portrait” – meaning it’s locked in Portrait (vertical) mode.
If it’s ON your screen will adjust
If it’s OFF your screen will stay the same regardless of how you are holding your phone. Note that, if you were holding the phone vertical (portrait) when you tap the Auto-Rotate button, then your phone will be locked in portrait mode. If you were holding it horizontal (landscape) then it will be locked in landscape.
On an iPhone or iPad, access your quick settings on the Control Center.
iPhone X or higher: Swipe down from the upper right corner or Earlier iPhones: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen
This will reveal the Control Center
You should see the Auto-Rotate/Orientation Lock icon right there
Still doesn’t rotate?
If your rotate setting is correct but your phone still isn’t cooperating, you need to “kick it.” You do that by turning the setting Off and On again. If that doesn’t work then restart your phone.
On the Kindle App
If your only need for controlling the rotate is for reading books on your Kindle App, there is an option right in the Kindle App to override your system settings. I want my phone to rotate my pictures, but I don’t what my Kindle book to rotate.
With the Kindle app open, tap the screen and find the settings for Layout. On iPhone it’s under Aa, on Android it’s under 3-dot menu and “Reading Settings.” Scroll down and turn On the Orientation Lock.
The last time we cruised was in 2010 – using the Internet was expensive and slow. What is the Internet connection like now? It’s still expensive and slow! We were hoping to find out otherwise. Maybe it’s better on other cruise lines, we are on Norwegian Cruise Lines. If you buy the high-speed Internet package for the whole week, it will set you back $279. We did not do that, so our experience is on the basic (low speed 150 minutes) package that came with our dining/drinking plan..
We are currently in port in the Dominican Republic. During the cruise we’ve spend about half time at sea and half time in port. We have 2 options
for accessing the Internet.
While in port we have cellular connections because our phones are on a Google Fi plan. Google Fi is an international plan, no extra charge, no pre-planning, and it works well. Just like cellular service anywhere, sometimes it’s fast and sometimes it’s slow, but it does work. We’ve even used the mobile hotspot
on Jim’s Pixel phone to use the Google Fi connection on my Chromebook.
On board the ship, we can usually get the cellular connection from a tower on shore, but if we’re indoors, the signal was blocked. We found that we could only connect if we were on our balcony, or at some other outside area of the ship.
As soon as we left the ship and wandered around
the port there was usually a free Wi-Fi network in the port shopping area and, of course, if you visited a bar or restaurant, they would often have free Wi-Fi.
I did get a message on my Verizon phone that connection was available on board ship. It would cost $20 for 500 MB! That’s megabyte with an M, not Gigabytes. I would run thru that with the first day of photos uploaded. No Thanks.
Other than that, when we’re at sea there is no cellular available so we need to use the Ship’s Wi-Fi or nothing. Here are the things we’ve learned about
the Shipboard Wi-Fi on NCL.
For free, you can connect to the Wi-Fi just for reading the cruise information, making reservations for dinners and shows and shore excursions. Just turn on Wi-Fi on your device and connect to the NCL signal.
For a one-time $10 charge you can use the Wi-Fi for communicating with fellow shipmates. We had 6 family members on this cruise, so we all paid the $10 to be able to message each other and send photos.
The cruise plan that we chose included 150 minutes of standard Internet access. You can pay more for high-speed access.
Luckily, we didn’t plan to do much work during the week. This email is the extent of our work this week.
There are several ways to use Google Translate to get this menu in English, but my favorite is to simply take a photo, open the photo in Google Photos and use the Lens button to translate the contents of the
The Lens button in Google Photos can translate the content of a photoOpen the photo using Google Photos and tap the Lens button at the bottom
The Lens button will investigate the contents of any photo and give you options.
The default option is “Search” but you can also copy text, or translate text. If there is text in the photo, it will translate that text from it’s language into English – or whatever language you choose.
The photo of our dinner menu after translation
You try it
Here is the photo of our menu you can use. Or, if you have something around that is in another language – take a picture of it!
You must be using a mobile device, Android, iPhone or iPad
You must have the Google Photos app installed
Click the link above, then save the photo to your library and open it using Photos.ORTake your own photo of something in another language
Open the photo in Google Photos
Look for the Lens button at the
When you tap on Lens, it will automatically do a Search, Tap on “Translate” instead
You should now see the menu in English (or whatever language is your default)
Here’s an article to read more about using Google Lens.
Watch this short video to learn more about using Google Lens
Want to see what we’re doing in Mexico? Here are some photos.
We’re scuba diving in Cozumel – one of our favorite destinations, enjoying the sun, the ocean and a beautiful resort.