Taking pictures at family events, outings, and parties is a huge part of how we experience (and remember) the world. Our photos become precious memories– vital reminders of what was. Getting them organized, however, is a major pain in the backside. If anything, smartphones have made the problem worse by letting you take high res photos of anything, anytime. But even the best phones run out of memory and most of us need somewhere else to store the bulk of our photos– photo storage apps like Google Photos can really help out with that.
Using Google Photos
Google Photos is free to use as long as your images are under 16mgp and videos are 1280p or under. If you want to store super high-res images and 4k video, Google will count that against your Google Drive space.
Inside Google Photos
To use Google Photos— like all the tools in the G-Suite— you need a Google account. Once that's set up (or you've logged in) download the Google Photos app or head over to photos.google.com The interface is easy to use. When you log in, you'll be greeted by your photos, with the Google Photos menu running down the left-hand side.
The Google Assistant
The assistant, found in the menu, is like your own personal photo manager. It suggests new things you can try to get your photos organized and basically encourages you to try out new features.
The Google Difference: Search so Powerful, It's Mindboggling
Google Photos' number one stand out feature has to be its natural language search capability. Google uses a proprietary machine learning algorithm to power one of the best facial recognition engines I've ever seen. It recognizes all the individual faces of people in your photos and creates profiles for each of them. You can fill out these profiles by adding people's names and then use the search bar to look for photos of them. This makes searching for photos of everyone important in your life take mere seconds. And Google's mad search capabilities extend beyond recognizing people. You can also search for images based on:
What you are doing
Where you were when the photo was taken
What's going on in the actual photo
The date the pics were taken on
Seriously… Play around with it and see what it throws up. Desperate to find all the photos of your dog? Just type that into search. Or maybe you want to see all the pics you took at night? Or pictures of statues? Google's powerful search means you don't have to spend hours painstakingly sorting your photos into albums or tagging them. Just type what you are looking for into the search bar and watch the magic happen. It won't always get it a 100% right but the success rate is incredibly impressive– and remember, it's constantly learning and improving. Until next time,
Have fun storming the castle!
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