You might look at that picture and say, “That’s a nice picture, there’s nothing wrong with it.” But, I don’t want you to look at my picture and say, “That’s nice” I want you to look at it and say “Wow!”
With just a couple of clicks, you can take a good picture and make it gorgeous.
To crop: open the photo using Google Photos and click (tap) the edit button then the Crop button . Drag the edges of the photo in closer to the subject and then tap Done.
To make it “Pop”: Still in Edit mode, tap the adjustments button (same icon as Edit) Find the Pop slider (it may be under Light, tap the down arrow to see) drag the pop slider to the right. You may also want to drag the color slider to the right a little.
Learn to Edit
Every phone with a camera comes with editing tools. I like using Google Photos, but if you don’t – you can also use whatever Gallery or Photo app that came with your phone. They all will have features to crop, brighten, and enhance colors. Here are a few videos to show you how to use the editing tools in Google Photos:
When we travel to beautiful places, we take a lot of photos. Google Photos makes it so easy to pick the best ones, fix them up a little, then put them in an album we can share with you. Chris and Jim’s Australia/New Zealand photo album. Anyone can click the link and view the photos and videos in the album. If you are signed in to a Google account, you will see a button to “Join” the album. Once you join, you will get notified whenever we add new photos to the album. You will also be able to leave comments. Comments can be left on the album as a whole, or on individual photos and videos. It’s like having our own personal social media site just for our trip.
Once you are viewing the album, you’ll see pictures, videos, text blocks and maps. The album starts at the beginning and builds, with the most recent additions at the bottom. Using the Google Photos album means you can follow our trip even if we are not friends on Facebook, and you don’t use Instagram. Be sure to click on individual pictures to see them full screen, and certainly click on any videos then click the play button to view them. When you see a speech bubble in the corner that means there are comments. Click the bubble to read them.
You can always click (or tap) a back button – upper left corner – to get back to the overall album view.
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Make your own albums
To learn more about making your own albums with Google Photos, here are the articles and videos we’ve made for you:
Tutorial 542 from Geeks on Tour. An explanation and demonstration of two special editing tools. Depth editor allows you to increase or decrease the blur in the background of Portrait style photos. Color Pop allows you to keep the main subject in color while turning the background to black and white. Continue reading →
Tutorial video number 541 by Geeks On Tour. This is a quick demo on how to take a Portrait style photo using an iPhone. Note, your phone must be a “Plus” model or an iPhone X
Portrait style means that the subject is in focus and the background is out of focus. The same effect that is produced by a DSLR camera using depth of field settings.
Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos, Second Edition, is now available on Amazon. If you go to Amazon.com, set the search criteria to Books (instead of All Departments) and search for Google Photos, you will come right to Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos! Or you can click on one of the images below. The 2nd Edition is now available, it comes in B&W or Color. It is also available on Kindle.
Make sure you are viewing the 2nd Edition – the way Amazon works, the out-of-print 1st edition is still listed. Of course, I don’t think you will mistakenly buy it since the listed price is $3,780.99!! I don’t know where that comes from, it’s not us. I guess there are some resellers that always buy a couple copies of 1st Editions just in case they become collector’s items?!?
To see more about the book, check out the table of contents shown below. And, if you are a member of Geeks on Tour, you will always have access to the eBook on our eBooks page. Even for non-members, we are leaving the QR Code for the free eBook active for a couple more weeks.
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. This effect which can take professional photographers hours to accomplish is a simple click of a button in Snapseed. It gives you a postcard-perfect exposure. Continue reading →
I wrote a book about Google Photos. It’s titled Mrs. Geek’s Guide to Google Photos. The subtitle is “Your lifetime of photos, effortless and free.” I keep thinking, if Google Photos is so effortless, why do I need a 100+ page book to teach how to use it?
I’ve come up with these 14 points as all you really need to know. Please leave a comment if you think I left something out, or got something wrong. If you take a lot of photos and wish that they were all together and safe so you never had to worry about them – Google Photos is truly the best option.
You need a Google account to use Google Photos. Make sure you know your username and password.
To use Google Photos on a mobile device, download the free app from the App Store (iOS) or Play Store (android)
Once the app is installed, open it and accept the default settings: 1. Your google account 2. High Quality file size 3. Only upload when on Wi-Fi
You will immediately see the photos on your device. If your device is connected to Wi-Fi, it will start uploading (copying) all those photos to your account in the cloud.
Your photos are not “in Google Photos” until the backup is complete. You must open the app to view the progress and watch for the message “Backup Complete”
Once you see “Backup Complete” you can remove photos from your device and still see the Google Photos copy. But, DO NOT use the trash can for this, that erases the photo from everywhere – device AND cloud.
Android note: your device may have photos in “Device Folders” other than the camera. They will not be included in Google Photos until you: menu, device folders, select the folder and turn on Back up & Sync.
iOS note: if iCloud Photo Library setting is on, leave it on until Google Photos backup is complete. Do not delete photos or FREE UP Space using Google Photos while iCloud Photo Library is on because it will also delete them from iCloud.
Optional: I recommend a second cloud backup service like One Drive, Dropbox, or Amazon before removing photos from your device. That’s a true backup.
To remove all photos from your device and leave them in Google Photos – use the 3-line menu and FREE UP SPACE (iOS: Do not delete photos or FREE UP Space using Google Photos while iCloud Photo Library is on because it will also delete them from iCloud.)
To use Google Photos on a computer there is no software to install, just go to the website, Photos.Google.com and sign in with your Google account.
To upload pictures from your computer to Google Photos manually, you have 2 choices: 1. Drag and drop from computer folders to Google Photos website 2. From Google Photos website, use the Upload button.
To upload pictures from your computer to Google Photos automatically, install the Backup and Sync app and set preferences to specify what photos you want uploaded and how you want them synced.
All photos uploaded to Google Photos, from whatever device, will be included in the “Library.” The photo library is one giant stream of photos in order by date taken. There are NO folders.
The 14 points above are everything you need to know to successfully store your lifetime of photos for free, forever. Once they’re there, there is so much you can do with them!
Explore: Google automatically groups your photos by People, Places, and Things. It is so much fun to explore and find photos you’ve forgotten. You can also use Search, and find photos without the need to tag them first.
Edit: Google Photos has built in editing tools that can, so easily, make your pictures look better. It also works together with the Snapseed app for hundreds more, professional, editing tools.
Creations: it’s easy to make your own Albums, Collages, Animations, Movies, and even printed Books.
Sharing: your library of photos is private, for your eyes only, but Google Photos makes it easy to share the ones you want.
Please leave a comment if you use Google Photos and learned something in this article.