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:

 

Favorite Flickr Fotos April 2018

Flickr.com is my Goto application for storage and community. I have been a member for 14 years and have made friends around the world. I believe the power of Flickr is the community.  Below is a 1 minute video of some of my photos but more importantly it reflects the choices of my flickr friends.

 

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 

 

Six Years In Ecuador

I have spent 1/12 of my life in Ecuador. It really does seem like yesterday that Sharon and I left our home in Oregon to begin this incredible adventure. Recently, I started thinking in Spanish.

Cuenca is a walking city and I average 2 miles a day. That would make a grand total of almost 4,400 miles of walking. That is about the distance from Cuenca, to Portland, Oregon.

I eat better now. I have Red Meat about once a month. My diet consists of mainly fish, chicken and the wonderful variety of fruits in Ecuador. Cherimoya, Pitahaya, Papaya, Maracuya are now in my diet every week.

The expat community which by my best guess numbers around 6000 is for the most part an interesting helpful conglomeration  of  people from all around the world. There is every kind of group you can think of in Cuenca. There are 4 different writing groups, all different kinds of craft groups. There are 3 major daily electronic periodicals and two different weekly/monthly traditionally published newspapers for the expat community. You can find a poker game on any day of the week. Six years ago Cuenca was a culinary wasteland. Today you can find excellent cuisine from all different parts of the world.

Are there shortcomings living in a foreign place? Yes, but they are becoming fewer as I become more conversational in Spanish and more accustomed to a life in a Latin Culture. Gracias Ecuador por seis años maravillosos.

Below are some random shots of Cuenca. Enjoy.