Which Cloud Service Stores Your Photos?

I use Flickr, Google Photos and Amazon Prime Photos. The first question that may come to your mind is the following: –  Why do you need all three? The short answer is – you don’t.  So here is the back story.

I joined Flickr in 2003. The cost is $24 a year for 1 TB (over 1/2 million photos) The main reason that I still use Flickr is the social connection to their worldwide photographers.  You can use Flickr for free with limited storage and advertisements.

Amazon Prime Photos comes free with your annual Prime Membership ($119 per year). Like Flickr each photo is automatically saved to The Cloud and you can conveniently check your photos using a smartphone app.

Google Photos is totally free and has unlimited storage. The free version does not keep you original resolution. So be careful if you erase the original. The cloud storage looses some resolution.

Which one is the best?

Each of the services has their pluses and minuses. If I had to choose one it would be Google Photos for the following reasons:

  • Free
  • Super simple to use
  • Best photo editor
  • Automatically puts tags based on the GPs
  • integrates with the Google platform of applications
  • Did I mention free unlimited storage.

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Taking Better Pictures With You Cellphone

It’s been 3 years since I sold my expensive DSLR. The one statement that never comes out of my mouth is- ” Damn, what a great shot, I wish I had my camera with me”.  I always have my camera in my pocket because I always have my smartphone with me.

Here’s how you can take better photos with your smartphone

Below are some recent shots with a cell phone:

 

6 Things You Didn’t Know Google Photos Could Do

Google Photos is my “go to” app for shooting, editing and storing photos on my smartphone and in The Cloud.  The following six items are taken from the Kim Komando Show. 

  • Find your adorable pet pictures
  • Search by picture icon (i.e. partner, son, best friend)
  • Create a slideshow movie
  • Animation – Select “Assistant” in Photos, choose “Animation,” and then select anywhere from two to 50 photos and let Google create a fun animation from the images.
  • Build a photo book
  • Google Drive – Sync your Google Drive with Google Photos by heading to your settings and turning on the Google Drive option. Now you can see and edit photos and videos from Drive right in Photos.


 

How To Master Google Photos

It’s no secret that I like to take photos. I now take all my shots using my Nexus 6 smartphone. My go to app is Google Photos. Today I found an exceptional post by the Verge

How To Master Google Photos

There are a lot of great takeaways. The three best for me are the following:

  • SEARCH IS THE KILLER FEATURE
  • FREE UP STORAGE ON YOUR PHONE
  • SHARED ALBUMS

What else do you do with Google Photos?

 

How Many Users?

Pop Quiz CTL what service has 1/2 billion users?  Go to the head of the class if you guessed Google Photos. Google is self declaring that this is your photo app of choice. And I agree with them for the following reasons.

  • Drop dead easy to use.
  • Unlimited free storage with a google account
  • Sharing is a no brainer
  • Making movies is very simple
  • Backup is automatic.

There is a great article about Google Photos here