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Help Organizing Photo's
February 2, 2017
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Ray & Lalia Nuzzolo
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My wife and I have thousands of photos stored on our devices from RVing the last 16 years and we’re having a hard time figuring out the best way to organize them and show them to our friends. We have pictures on two android phones, 2 pc’s and a tablet. Most of them are in Google photo’s and some are in Picasa. I would like to organize them and have the same pictures on all four devices in one program. Can you suggest the best way to do this and also have them backed up. Thank you

February 2, 2017
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Hello Ray and Lalia! Your situation could be a poster for Google Photos! As a member, you have access to the .pdf version of our Google Photos book. You could read the whole book in just a few hours to get the full picture of what Google Photos can do, or you could use the quick steps in chapter one to get started and read the rest as needed.

Basically, Google Photos stores your pictures in the cloud – in your Google Account. So, after they’re all up there, you can see them from any connected device using your Google username and password. 

Just install the Google Photos app on all your mobile devices and turn Backup/Sync On. Then, on your computers, install the desktop uploader and set it to upload the photos from all your hard drives. It may take a while – my 50,000 pictures took nearly a week when I first started. 

When it’s done, ALL your pictures will be in date order with the most recent on top. On a mobile device, you can pinch the screen to see them grouped by month and year.

Your job is to find your best ones and put them into named albums. Then you can share those albums with whomever you want. For example, I make an album for each month. Then I grab a link to that album and put it on my Blog … see what I mean here. Because my blog is public, and I put the link on the blog – anyone can see my albums. But, if you just send the link to a friend, only they will see your album. Whoever has the link can see your photos.

Hope that helps

February 2, 2017
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Oh – you also mentioned Picasa. There are two problems with Picasa, the main one is that to use Picasa, your photos must be on your computer – your computer is the foundation of your photo management system. If you use Google Photos instead – the cloud (the Internet) is the foundation of your photo management system. That way, you can access them from anywhere, anytime, with any device. Once you get used to that, you’ll never know how you managed photos any other way!

The second problem is that Picasa has been retired. It still works fine, with pictures on your computer. I use it every day for making collages! And, I still download my best pictures monthly to my computer so I have them when I don’t have Internet access. BUT – it is old and feeble. Right now it still works to use Picasa and upload albums to Google Photos, but if something changes about that connection – Picasa will not be updated and it won’t work.

February 2, 2017
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Thank you I will read your book. Your reply is very helful and just the direction I was looking for.

 

Ray

February 27, 2017
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Chris

 

I’ve downloaded all our pictures and I’m now trying to sort things out. I have a couple of questions that I hope you can help with.

1. What is the difference between Google Photos backup and Google+ Photos backup? I have both on my computer in the apps list.

2. I have a shortcut on my desktop called “Photos” but cannot figure out if I need this on my desktop. It has most of my pictures on it but not all of them. I think it is a Microsoft program.

 

Thank you

March 1, 2017
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Ray and Lalia,

First, I want to be sure I understand when you say you’ve “downloaded” all your pictures. I think you’re saying download when I would say UPload. You see, Google Photos works with photos in the cloud, online, UP there. It does not see photos on your computer. So, when you’re using Google Photos, you are UPloading pictures from your phone, or your computer, to the cloud. To your Google account online.

1. Google + Photos is old. Google Photos is the replacement. Actually, I didn’t think it was possible to have them both. As I recall, Google Photos autobackup was an update to Google+ – but that was nearly 2 years ago, so I could be remembering wrong 🙂

2. That is probably the Windows 10 photos app. The icon looks like 2 mountains:

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March 1, 2017
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Thank you and I did mean upload. I’m still working out some upload issues but so far so good. I now have pictures from my wife’s phone and computer plus my phone and computer. I’ve still got some other questions but I have not finished your book yet or done any research on video’s or other forum questions.

I agree the photos icon is from windows and I will ignore it.

 

Thank you again

March 1, 2017
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Sounds good. I look forward to further questions. 🙂

May 20, 2017
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Chris We seem to have all our photos now on google photos. My wife and I would like to share photos and we read in your book that we could share pictures by creating an album and then turn on collaboration. Can you tell me where we go to turn on collaboration?

Hope you’re enjoying Italy. One of our favorite vacations was a two week trip to Italy.

 

Thanks

 

Ray Nuzzolo

May 21, 2017
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Thanks Ray – we are SO enjoying Italy! And, giving Google Photos a real workout!! So many beautiful sights.

Collaboration is a setting on your album, click the 3-dot menu and sharing options. 

Check out p. 79 in the book.

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