Pick A Favorite Photo Of 2016

Almost everyday I’m taking photos with my smartphone. So when I looked back at Google Photos it was very hard to pick a favorite. So I’m going to let you pick a favorite. The winner will be the one with the most votes.

Go For It. Please pick your favorite and vote on the poll below the photos.  Thanks.

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Photos – Backup

This is a popular topic for CTL subscribers since the majority of photos are now taken with a smartphone. Most smartphone have 16-32gb of storage and you can easily fill up most of that storage if you are regularly snapping photos. I use 3 redundant services.

  • Google Photos -High quality unlimited storage – free –  When Android 7 is released – unlimited storage
  • Amazon Photos – orignial quality – unlimited storage  $99 per year with other services
  • Flickr $24 per year for the pro version.

The real question is which service to you feel most comfortable. Google Photos is my first choice since it has the easiest photo editing element.  Good article below.

The best way to back up your Android Photos

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You have 10 seconds to find a photo of your dog on a beach in 2008

Can you do it? If you have your Smartphone and your Flickr app than you probably can accomplish that request.  I average about 200 photos shot on my smartphone a month. Now that I have no limits on storage I sometimes edit a photo and keep 5 versions of that photo.

Google will soon announce that you will have unlimited free storage ( in your original format ) for all your photos and videos. Amazon Prime Photo already offers unlimited storage for your photos.

I’m old enough to remember shooting photos on a film camera. Storing the prints in a shoebox and then never able to retrieve a photo that was more than 3 years old.

Run, don’t walk and get one of the 3 unlimited photo storage program/apps.

  • Flickr – 1 tb (500,000 photos) free
  • Google Photos – unlimited storage free
  • Amazon Prime Photos – unlimited storage ( $99 per year but includes other valuable services)

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Several Things You May Not Know Google Photos Can Do

I now take 100% of my photos with my Nexus 6 Smartphone. I sold my Canon DSLR last year. Having a Smartphone for your photos has the following advantages:

  • Always available in your pocket or purse
  • Tap to focus
  • Geo tagging- always know where your pictures were taken
  • HDR (High Dyanamic Range) for taking photos in the dark
  • Instant sharing with friends and family

Google photos is now my app of choice because of the following:

  • Search for people place and things. I can find all my grandson pics in two clicks
  • Automatic backup to the Google Cloud thus saving valuable memory storage
  • Fastest and simplest photo editing usually 3-4 clicks for great results
  • Show photos from your Smartphone with Chromecast
  • Create shared albums with 2 clicks
  • Create movies and collages with 2 clicks
  • Select multiple photos with a single click

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Google Photos App Part One

The Google Photos App just received a major upgrade. The App runs on both Android and IOS. The Android version is extremely easy to use and after taking a picture there are6 steps to edit.

  • Crop including an angle version
  • Auto Adjust
  • Light Adjustment
  • Color
  • Pop
  • Vignette

You can use all, some or none of the edits. After the edit you can save the photo and then share to popular sites like

  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • Email

Or you share the photo to another editing app. Below is a a movie of a collection of Google Photos Edited samples

 

Who Wants Free Unlimited Photo Storage?

A wise person once said, “There is no such thing as a free lunch”. That’s probably right but if you want to put up with Google’s tracking then you can use Google Photos for unlimited Cloud storage.

I actually use 3 services. I pay $24 a year for an unlimited Flickr Account and part of my Amazon Prime account provides me with unlimited photo storage. But, if you have google mail then you should be taking advantage of unlimited free photo storage. Every time I take a picture on my Nexus 5 smartphone the photo is automatically uploaded to Google photos for storage and editing.

How To Geek just posted a very informative article on unlimited photo storage

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