Google Photos

Why Google Photos?

Frustrated trying to organize and manage your photos?

Here is why it's hard and how Google Photos can help restore some of your joy!

Why is this so hard?

In the good ol' days, managing your photos was pretty simple. You took some pictures, brought in your roll of film to the store, they printed them for you and then you stuck them in a shoebox. So you would think that with all this new-fangled technology, it should make our lives even simpler! Wrong.

Technology means new opportunities ... and new challenges! These challenges fall into three categories:

  1. Tons of Pictures! You can go wild taking as many pictures as you want, and it doesn't have to cost you a cent! It's estimated that people will take 1.4 Trillion Photos in 2020, add that to the current stockpile and that's a lot of pictures!

  2. Taken by Everyone! It used to be that one or two people in your circle would be the "official" picture taker. Now, everyone is snapping away, even if they have no idea about how to take a good picture! Not only do you need to organize and keep track of your collection, good luck in trying to get some of the shots that other people took.

  3. Stored Everywhere! What happens when you combine lots of people taking pictures—on cameras, smartphones, tablets, etc.—with lots of storage options? Chaos and disorganization. Often duplicate, triplicate copies spread out between various computers, CDs, USB drives, photo albums and of course the trusty shoebox. A recipe for frustration in trying to find anything combined with anxiety about losing something important.

Why bother?

Everyone enjoys viewing good photos, and especially revisiting precious memories. But, the challenges with modern photo management can make this a frustrating goal. Thankfully, technology can also be useful in helping us become:

  1. Better Photographers. Smartphones and camera technology is always improving, making huge strides in helping us take good pictures. Add to that a wealth of on-line learning resources, and you'll soon bring your photography skills to a new level!

  2. Photo Library Managers. Very few people actually enjoy organizing and working with a large photo collection. Thanks to advances in Artificial Intelligence and image recognition, computers can now do a lot of the heavy lifting. Now we can switch our efforts from managing our photos to enjoying them.

  3. Creative Producers. Want to make a slideshow, movie or photobook? It's never been easier to liberate those beautiful images and memories into a creative work of art that can be enjoyed and appreciated by everyone!

This is where Google Photos can be a helpful addition to your set of tools. It helps address some of the key photo and video management challenges, and provides access to some very powerful abilities for enjoying your collection.

Google Photos - What it is, and what it ain't!

Google Photos is an Internet based service worth exploring to take advantage of these powerful features:

  • An online copy of your pictures that are accessible from anywhere

  • Automatic recognition of people, places and things

  • Advanced search capabilities

  • Automated album, collage and movie creation

  • Convenient editing and organizing tools

  • Photo sharing and collection management