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Photos on phone download to my surface pro
December 22, 2016
4:20 pm
Mary Campbell
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Basically i want the photos i take with my phone, surface pro and camera to all go to my surface pro so i can edit and delete THEN upload them to Google Photos.  Reason: I like to delete the bad ones, use the good ones for my blog and back them up on an external hard drive before they get off my laptop into the cloud, where i find not so easy to snatch from but great to create albums and edit.

Could you tell me what is the process?  I can download my camera sd card to my laptop but how do i get my phone photos to download to my laptop first before going to google photos?  I am trying to organize my photos once and for all i have too many places.


Thanks Mary Campbell

December 22, 2016
5:04 pm
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Hello Mary,

First let me promote my process, then I’ll tell you how to do your process – deal?

See chapter 11: Photo Workflow of the book You are using what I consider my “Old” process – where the computer was the central collector of all photos, and the web was for just my best. Now, with taking so many pictures with my phone, and Google Photos making it SO easy – actually effortless – to upload to the web, I’ve adopted a “New” process. 

  • The web (“cloud”) has become the central collector of all photos, I make albums with my best. No longer will you have your pictures in “too many places” – they’re ALL in google photos online.
  • I download just my best albums to the computer
  • Benefit 1: Universal access  ALL of my photos are accessible to me at any time, with whatever device I happen to have
  • Benefit 2: Future-proof. Google stores unlimited number of photos for free, no worries about getting a new computer and what to do with the pictures, no worries about my photos if something happens to my devices or to me
  • Benefit 3: Bottom line = no work and no worries. All photos from phone and computer are combined into one big pile, all organized by date. IF I want to organize my best into albums, I can – it’s fun.

OK, now then – how to do your process

  1. Getting photos from phone to Surface Pro computer: You can do it manually by attaching the cable from phone to computer, or you can use the OneDrive app on phone to automatically upload to cloud and synchronize to your OneDrive folder on the Surface Pro
  2. Getting photos from camera to computer – same as always, take card out of camera insert in computer, import photos to My Pictures somewhere
  3. After organizing and editing on the computer with Windows Photos, or Picasa, manually upload the ones you want in Google Photos to Google Photos. See Chapter 3 in book on Manually Uploading

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