There is nothing that causes more terror to photographers and family historians than to lose one (or more) series of photos. Memory cards, hard drives and even desktop programs may fail, so a cloud security plan is always a good idea. If you're looking to make sure your photo collection is always safe, the keyword is redundancy, and one of the best places to find redundant photo storage is Google Photos. This service offers unlimited storage for photos up to 16GB and a paid option for higher quality files. Although you can purchase space on iCloud, Apple, or Flickr Pro, Google Photos automatically stores your images in the cloud for free, and even includes some great automatic extras, all linked to your Google account. In addition to storing and making your photos easy to find and share, Google uses image analysis with artificial intelligence to organize your photos and videos to make it easier to find and edit them. What needs to be done to be part of this? If you still don't have a Google account, you need to create one, opening a Gmail address and logging in. After that, follow these steps to back up Google Photos from a mobile device or your desktop.
INSTALL THE GOOGLE PHOTOS APPLICATION
To use Google Photos on your iPhone or Android, you must download the application from the App Store or the Google Play Store.
You can also download the Google Backup and Sync application for your Mac or PC to schedule automatic synchronization of images and other files from your computer to the online application. The application live in the top bar of your desktop and you can control it from preferences.
SECURITY COPY AND SYNCHRONIZATION SETTINGS
Open Google Photos in your phone and choose Settings in the top menu; then choose Backup and synchronization. First, activate the automatic backup and then set the upload size. High Quality stores unlimited videos and images of up to 16 megapixels at no cost, and that is the ideal configuration for most people. Anything about 16 megapixels will be compressed in the cloud, although not on your device. If you want to store original images at their maximum resolution will be deducted from your 15GB of free storage; after that you should pay additional storage. Although some of the most recent compact or mirrorless cameras offer resolutions greater than 16 megapixels, that size is more than enough for almost all non-professional purposes, including prints.
Choose the backup path
You can choose to upload files through your data plan or only through Wi-Fi. If your data plan is not unlimited, you can choose to only upload files when using Wi-Fi. To activate this backup, you must open the mobile application. As soon as you do that, the application syncs with your Galley or Photographic Roll to upload the photos and screenshots you have taken since the last time you used the app. Then you can search your images by theme or content.
Photos: view, search and edit photos
Once your photos and videos are synchronized, you will have four main screens: Photos, albums, Assistant and Share. In the Photos section, the files are organized chronologically. You can see them by date or in different sizes, until a photo occupies the full screen. In full screen mode, you can apply filters, adjust tones and brightness and crop your photo.
albums: image organization
The album cone at the bottom of the mobile application divides your content into People, Places, Things, Videos, Collages, Animations and Videos to help you quickly find the shots you are looking for.
The People section (to which you can add pets) uses facial recognition technology to group people and try to match photos and faces. This technology did an impressive job in recognizing images of faces taken with decades of difference. The Places section groups the images according to their geolocation data. Things use object recognition to group them into categories from skyscrapers to ducks or cats or churches or whatever you have portrayed. Videos gather your videos and allows you to play, download, share, add to an album, loop, archive or delete. The desktop interface is similar to the mobile.
The Assistant that is much easier to see on the desktop than on the phone offers you all kinds of automatic gifts that you can accept or reject, from gathering images or videos in a collage, adding a filter style, creating an animation with a burst of photos or make a video with your still images. Some ideas make sense, others aren't as smart, but you don't have to accept any of Google's brilliant ideas if you don't want to. In addition to the automatic creations of the Assistant, you can make original albums, photo books and collages. Then you have the option to share your creation with specific people or through social networks.
THE DESKTOP VERSIONS
If you have a Google account on your computer, you only need to open your Google bookmark to access all Google services, including Photos. When your phone syncs with the site, you will immediately see all the photos you have uploaded, regardless of which computer you use. The configuration is done through the Google site, so the interface for Mac and Windows is practically identical. What you see on your computer monitor is more or less replicated by the content of your phone.
Google Photos is a great and free way to make a backup of your images in the cloud, getting some additional photographic benefits. Both the mobile and desktop applications are easy to use with recognizable interfaces that span both platforms. Although their editing tools are not too many, there are enough so that your photos or videos are presentable before being shared with the world.