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236 Google Photos update and Product Experts #pes22

  • 0:00 Begin
  • 1:36 Navigate to a photo location
  • 4:29 Hello and Intro – Google Product Expert Summit in NYC #pes22
  • 14:15 New(ish) features of Google Photos
  • 15:02 New features of Photo Grid on mobile
  • 19:13 Photo Location privacy, how to have location shared
  • 24:56 Portrait editing tools
  • 32:46 People filters, searching
  • 35:21 Viewer Questions
  • 48:00 Reviewer Questions

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Episode 235

235 Google Photos for Travel Albums

  • 0:00 Begin
  • 1:40 Sharing a Google Photos album with a LINK
  • 5:25 Hello
  • 9:14 Our photos from Italy – getting the link
  • 11:42 Overview of a Google Photos Album, collaboration, videos, maps, descriptions, and more
  • 16:01 Travel photo albums – start on day one and add as you go.
  • 26:27 Edit first, then add
  • 28:03 Collaboration
  • 33:50 How to follow someone else’s album – “Join”
  • 34:33 Discussion of “Albums” vs “Folders” – and more q & a
  • 37:43 Leaving comments on a shared album. Album vs Activity
  • 39:44 Issues when opening a link – sometimes it doesn’t work, here’s why
  • 41:56 Album options: Location, Collaboration, Comments, Link sharing, Album Cover
  • 44:40 When you get home – download your album (see video: https://youtu.be/r1XGwPIFkCM) 48:08 Question: how to combine 2 albums
  • 52:31 Review Questions

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similar photos top and bottom with different exposures

Fixing poor photo exposure

There were so many beautiful views from the windows in our B&Bs in Italy. I wanted to take photos every time I saw a pretty view, but they didn’t look good at all. Now, if I was a professional photographer, with a professional camera and using PhotoShop or Lightroom, I could make every photo perfect. I’m not. I use my smartphone for all my photos. But I have learned a couple of relatively simple things you can do to improve those photos. See my example below where Jim is enjoying breakfast at our B&B and I am in awe of the ancient hill town and church that is the view out the window. I grab my phone and snap a photo and it looks like #1 – I can see Jim and the breakfast table, but the view out the window is completely washed out – overexposed.

Fixing the washed out part

It’s really hard to fixed a washed out photo after the fact. The camera has not captured enough detail. There’s just not much to work with. It’s best to set your camera’s exposure to capture the bright parts best before you take the shot. On your smartphone, it’s easy to do. Just tap the screen at the bright part of the window. At least that’s how you do it on an iPhone. On my Samsung S21 Ultra I need to long press on the spot and then adjust even further by dragging left on the screen. Here’s a little video to show you what I mean:

Fixing the dark part

Now I have a nice photo of the view out the window, but Jim and the breakfast table are in the dark. I can use Google Photos editor to fix that. It’s called “Shadows.” I use this feature a lot when I have a photo with people in the shadows but the rest of the photo is ok.

Using the mobile app

  • Open the photo and tap the edit button
  • Scroll thru the bottom list and select “Adjust” – now you see lots of options on the upper row
  • Scroll thru the upper list and select “Shadows”
  • Adjust the slider to increase the number – that increases the light in the shadows without increasing the light in the rest of the photo.
  • When it looks better, tap Done, then Save

Using the computer, web version of Google Photos

  • Open the photo and tap the edit button
  • Choose the adjustments button at top right
  • Click the dropdown arrow next to Light and choose Shadow
  • Drag the slider button to the right until the photo looks better. This increases the light in the shadows without increasing the light in the rest of the photo.
  • Click Done (top right of the photo)

I know this still isn’t perfect. If the shadows were too dark, the lightened shadows will be grainy. The resulting photo probably won’t win any awards, but for purposes of my memories, it’s a lot better than the first original!

Note: if your phone’s camera has a setting for automatic HDR (High Dynamic Range of light) – be sure it is turned on. That helps capture more detail in both the light and dark parts of your photo.

Google Photos now has the movie-maker tool available in the web version

Here is an example of a quick slideshow/movie created using the movie maker tool in Google Photos:

This movie was created on an Android phone. Here is a tutorial video showing exactly how it was made. Up until just recently, you could only make these movies using a mobile device – an Android phone/tablet or an iPhone or iPad. Recently I’ve noticed the feature is now available on the Web version of Google Photos and this article will tell you exactly how to use it. I haven’t seen an official announcement, and I still find it a little buggy, but it does work and I expect it will get better.

To make a new movie using the web version of Google Photos

Don’t worry about getting all the photos and videos you want at first, you can always add/delete later. Once you gotten your movie started, you will be in the editor. Notice the numbered items and the descriptions below.

  1. Movie preview, click the play button to watch and hear the music
  2. Click here to change the music selection
  3. Click here to change the orientation from portrait (vertical) to Landscape (horizontal)
  4. Each photo/video in the selection list has a 3-dot menu with the choices shown
  5. Here is where you can go back out to your library of photos and videos to select more

The first thing I do is change the orientation. Google seems to think that everyone is going to use a phone to view this movie so it starts out in the portrait format. I want to view mine on a computer or TV, so I change it to Landscape. Now I’ll click the play button to preview my movie and hear the music. If I like what I see and hear, I’m done! Just click Save.

Editing your movie

If you want to make some changes, here are your choices:

  • You can change the order of the clips just by dragging them in the list
  • Change the music, click the music button, choose theme music and try them out. Click play to hear.
  • Add or delete photos/videos
  • Trim photos/videos by just dragging the start/stop markers
  • Here’s a tutorial video showing how to use these options: 533.GP-Google Photos Movie editing

That’s it – there are no titles or transitions or narration tracks. You’re not going to get a fancy movie with this tool, BUT since it is SO easy, you will make these simple movies.

When your movie looks and sounds how you want, you can now click SAVE. When you now look at your photo library, you will see the movie located at the date of the most recent photo/video in the movie. At first it will be just a gray box because it takes a while to render. Sometimes it’s just a few minutes, it could be up to an hour. You may need to refresh your screen to see the finished product. Or, just click the gray box, if it’s ready it will then play.

Share your movie!

I think that’s the main point with putting together these little movies. Share them. Instead of asking your friends to look thru hundreds of photos of your vacation, they will enjoy this 1 – 2 minute movie along with the music. Just open the movie, click the share button and choose Create Link, then Copy Link. Now you can paste that link into and email, or a Facebook post. You can paste it anywhere you want, like on this web page: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Ych7TtPokSTstG1p8. That is the link to the completed movie I made while writing this article.

Make some movies! and share links in the comments below.