Tag Archives: Google Photos

What’s wrong with this picture? It’s blah

Jim and Chris in Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

If you want to learn the free companion app called Snapseed, we have a complete Learning Guide for Snapseed.

How to follow our travels by joining our photo album

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.

Click here to view the photo album

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.

If you are interested in reading stories about our trip, we do the writing in our Blog. You can visit it any time at GeeksOnTour.blogspot.com. If you want email notification of new blog posts, just enter your email address in the space provided in the right sidebar.

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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:

542.GP-How to use the Depth Editor and Color Pop in Google Photos

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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541.SM-iPhone:Portrait Photos

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.

 
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Google Photos Book now available on Amazon

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.