Google Photos has a lot of neat features. If you turn on location services, you can see where the photo was taken on Google Maps. Mrs. Geek will show you how on both Apple and Android phones.Continue reading →
Tutorial video number 549 from GeeksOnTour.com We all like to have some description on our photos, like writing on the back of a printed photo, Google Photos has a place for descriptions. This quick tip video shows you how to view it.
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:
- 420.GP-Editing with Google Photos: All Play, No Work! (FREE)
- 457.GP-Editing on Mobile
- 456.GP-Edit Pictures on Computer
- 491.GP-Photo edit BlackWhite
- 489.GP-Photo Editing
- 542.GP-How to use the Depth Editor and Color Pop in Google Photos
If you want to learn the free companion app called Snapseed, we have a complete Learning Guide for Snapseed.
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.
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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 demonstrates how to use the movie editing tool in Google Photos to change music, add or delete photos or video clips, re-order photos and video clips, and Trim videos.
Albums are the way to categorize your library of photos and videos.
Learn why you should make your own albums of your best photos and the specific steps of how to do it.
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.
How to mark Favorites in Google photos by tagging with a star. Then how to see the automatic album created by Google Photos for all tagged Favorites.