Most of the month was devoted to finishing the Learn Google Photos book.
On August 7, we had a real treat when the Product Lead for Google Photos, David Lieb agreed to meet with our Geeks On Tour members group over Zoom. We heard his story and got to pummel him with questions about the development process of Google Photos. The meeting was recorded – for members only. We included some excerpts of our
conversation with David in our Book Launch Episode 198. Get the printable version (.pdf) of the show notes here: 198. Learn Google Photos 2020 Book Launch
Learn Google Photos 2020 – Episode 198 on YouTube
We launched the book during our 45 minute live YouTube show on August 30. Watch the show and we’ll tell you all about the book, give some specific tips about using the latest version of Google Photos, and let you meet David Lieb, the Product Lead for the Google Photos development team at Google. (spoiler alert – you’ll really like
But Learn Google Photos 2020 isn’t just a book! We also announced:
New YouTube channel: YouTube.com/LearnGooglePhotos – we will be posting lots of new tutorial videos here. Be sure to subscribe, and click the little bell, so you get notified
Chapter 7 in the book is Editing to improve your photos. You will learn how to take the picture at the top and make the one on the bottom. Don’t you like the bottom one better?
The key is to lighten the shadows on the shore without washing out the sunset.
I think editing is my favorite part of Google Photos, it’s so much fun to take a so-so photo and make it beautiful.
Where did everything go?
If you have been using Google Photos for a while, it may be disconcerting to open the new version and not see the same buttons and menus. This grid is part of a longer article that explains the new buttons and menus.
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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:
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.
I love my Canon, it takes great photos, but, so does my iPhone 7+ and the iPhone is a lot smaller! Besides, I’ve always believed that what makes the most difference in the quality of a photo is a few seconds spent with good editing tools after the photo is taken. I believed that back with Picasa, and I believe it now with Google Photos and Snapseed. I have no ambition to be a professional photographer, that’s a completely different story. I just want to capture my memories and make them nice to look at.
We had 4 cameras with us even without the Canon! My phone, an iPhone 7+, Jim’s phone, a Pixel XL, Jim’s Samsung Camera 2, and Jim’s GoPro video camera. I enjoyed having only one camera, no decisions to make about which one to use, just learn all I could about using the iPhone. The only time I even thought about my Canon was when we were on a train or a boat. It is so much faster to grab the Canon, put it to your eye, twist the lens to zoom in and snap. That can all be accomplished in one smooth motion, 3 seconds top. With the phone, there is always a lot of fumbling to get to the right screen, squinting to see the image on the screen before snapping, and changing your grip to be able to snap the picture. I’m sure I missed a few good shots because I was too slow, but I still got plenty of nice photos. Here are a few, with notes. Many of these would not be possible with the SLR – e.g. in-camera Panoramas, selfies, animated gifs. See lots more (445 to be exact!) in our Album.
1. Duomo in Florence, Italy
iPhone 7+, Google Photos crop, auto, pop
2. Water lily in gardens at Florence, Italy
iPhone 7+, Snapseed HDR-Scape filter
3. Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany Italy
Pixel XL – panorama with a run-around-behind subject
4. Begonias on our terrace at El Santucce
iPhone 7+ using Portrait mode
iPhone 7+ Snapseed HDR-scape, text added with Snapseed
6. St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy at night
iPhone 7+ – selfie (front lens) so good at night exposure. no editing other than crop
Samsung Camera 2 – panorama with Google Photos Pop
8. Kayaking on the Grand Canal in Venice
iPhone 7+ on a selfie stick
9. Jim at Miramare castle, Trieste Italy
iPhone 7+ using Portrait mode
10. Boat ride in Ljubljana, Slovenia
iPhone 7+ Edited in Snapseed, HDR-scape filter, Text added
11. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
iPhone 7+ Live Photo, converted to animated gif with Motion Stills app
12. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Samsung Camera 2 on Waterfall setting!
Smartphone Photography Workshops
We will be teaching 2 sessions of our Smartphone Photography workshops at
the FMCA Convention in Indianapolis next week. If you’ll be there, come find
us in the Info center and sign up!
On an iPhone you may notice that the pictures you take don’t fill the screen. This video shows you how to use Google Photos to crop the picture and properly fill the screen. See accompanying article at LearnGooglePhotos.com.