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Google Account – Google Basics: Video

Google Basics Part 6 – Google Chrome By Dottotech, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Google Chrome is the glue that holds the whole Google Eco-System together.

 


Google Basics Part 5: Google Photos – By Dottotech, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Google Photos has become the go-to photo storage and sharing app for many of us, for good reason!


Google Drive – Google Basics Part 4 – By Dottotech, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Google Drive, serves not one but 2 masters: Online storage and file sharing Productivity and collaboration applications


Google Basic Part 3: Google Calendar – By Dottotech, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Google Calendar is one of the most valuable members of Google's ecosystem. It can form the centre of your productivity system!


How to Use Gmail – Google Basics Part 2 By Dottotech, www.youtube.com Video

Discover how you can use Gmail like a pro. I'll show you everything you need to do to set up your Gmail account and then share the most important Gmail features.


Google Account – Google Basics – Part 1 – By Dottotech, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

Let's go over the Google Basics! In this video, you'll learn how to set up your Google account, what to expect from your Google account and what benefits you get from joining the Google ecosystem.

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How to Take the Best Photos with Your Android Phone

How to Take the Best Photos with Your Android Phone – By Florence Ion, lifehacker.com

It’s that time of year again when you’re working your smartphone overtime attempting to keep up with all of the memories of holiday parties, family gatherings, and pets you’ve wrangled into festive attire. If you’re working with any of the latest Android phones, including the Google Pixel 3 or Samsung Note9, then one of the best cameras on the market is already in your pocket. 

Google Lens now has an album shortcut to search photos

Google Lens now has an album shortcut to search photos By Ryan Whitwam, www.androidpolice.com

Google Lens made its debut in the Google Photos app on select devices a while back, but now it's available everywhere. You can still search from the Photos app, but Google just added a new shortcut to make it easier to scan your photos. From Lens, just tap the album button at the top of the screen, and you're all set.

How to Take Better Photos Out a Window

How to Take Better Photos Out a Window By Harry Guinness, www.howtogeek.com

Windows might seem clear when you look through them, but when you take a photo, you’ll notice that the glass has quite a significant effect on how things look. There’ll be reflections, flare, and all sorts of weird stuff going on that your brain mostly ignores—but your camera captures. Let’s look at how to take better photos out of windows.

Google gives the Pixel camera Night Vision

Google gives the Pixel camera superhuman night vision By Vlad Savov, www.theverge.com

Two years ago, Google’s release of the first Pixel smartphone radically raised the bar for the image quality we could expect from mobile cameras. Today, even as everyone else struggles to catch up, Google is extending its lead with the introduction of an equally revolutionary new camera. It’s called Night Sight, and it effectively lets your phone camera see in the dark. Only it doesn’t require any additional hardware or cost: Night Sight is a new camera mode for Pixel phones.

Back Up All of the Photos From All Apps

How to Back Up All of the Photos From All of Your Apps By David Nield, gizmodo.com

Your photos and videos are likely to be some of the most precious files you have on your smartphone. Even if you’ve got new photos and videos taken with the camera synced to the cloud though, what about the pictures your family send you over WhatsApp? Or the Instagram Stories you post? Here’s how to make sure every photo and video on your devices is getting backed up.

Find your recently uploaded pics on Google Photos, even if they date back many years

How to find your recently uploaded pics on Google Photos, even if they date back many years by androidpolice.com

I love Google Photos and I keep recommending it left and right to anyone I know. But Photos isn't perfect and there's still a lot that the service could do to improve the user experience. For example, the ability to order photos in different ways is missing — you get reverse chronological and that's it. If you're only backing up recent images as you take them, that's not an issue, but if you're uploading older photos, it becomes near impossible to find those images and edit, share, or make albums of them. You might scroll and scroll, try to search for the date if you remember it, and sometimes nothing works. There is one little trick though.

Google Photos: back up and organize your photos

Google Photos: how to back up and organize your photos by trustedreviews.com

Backing up and organizing your photos can feel like the digital equivalent of weeding your garden – it’s the job you put off until you’re overrun with nettles or, in this case, blurry dog photos.

Luckily, there are lots of easy ways to back up your digital or analog snaps, and one of the best is using Google Photos.

Google Photos now has a Favorites feature

Google Photos now has a Favorites feature by theverge.com

I know a lot of people love Google Photos, but sometimes you realize that the service is missing some elementary stuff. For example, there hasn’t been a Favorites feature until now. Google has announced that, over the next week, it’s rolling out that functionality. You’ll be able to tap a star at the upper right of any photo in your library, and it’ll automatically show up in Favorites.

Google Backup & Sync Desktop Update

Google Backup & Sync for Desktop Gets a Big Update With Ignored File Types, Photo/video-only Sync, and More by androidpolice.com

Google completely revamped the desktop Google Drive client this year with the move to Backup & Sync. The initial rollout was a bit of a mess with Google essentially breaking Drive for some people. It eventually worked all that out, and Backup & Sync has been running smoothly since then. There haven't been many feature additions, but there's a big one rolling out now. In the latest version, you have more control over which files are synced, and it's easier to add new folders to Drive.

The latest version of the Backup & Sync client has build number 3.38.7642.3857. Here's what you can expect to see when you update.

Quickly Find a Photo in Google Photos

How to Quickly Find a Photo in Google Photos by makeuseof.com

Want to find a photo? We'll show you how to search Google Photos and organize your images to make finding a picture a snap!

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Most of us have a Google account, probably for something like Gmail or Google Calendar. But did you know that Google is also a great option for storing and searching all of your photos…

How Photography Works

How Photography Works: Cameras, Lenses, and More Explained by How-To-Geek

Confused by that digital SLR you have, and all the photography jargon that goes along with it? Take a look at some photography basics, learn how your camera works, and how that can help you take better pictures.


Your Camera’s Most Important Settings: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO Explained

Getting a nice camera is just the first step in taking great photos—you also have to learn how to use it. Shooting on auto will only take you so far. Shutter speed, aperture, and ISO may sound like intimidating photographer terms, but they’re quite simple—and crucial to getting great photos.


Get Out of Auto: How to Use Your Camera’s Shooting Modes for Better Photos

If you want to get the most out of your DSLR camera, it’s best to learn its different shooting modes, rather than just using full Auto all the time. With all the letters and symbols surrounding the dial (like M, Av, Tv, and P), though, things can get a bit confusing. Here’s a first-timer’s guide to getting out of Auto mode and crafting better photos.


How to Develop a Better Eye for Taking Good Photos

Digital cameras have gotten really good. Most of the time, you can put them in Auto, press the shutter button, and, click, you’ve a perfectly adequate photo of what’s in front of you. It won’t be anything special (and it’ll be the exact same photo that everyone who was standing nearby took), but you’ll have something to share with your friends on social media.

Google Drive Pc App Dies Next March

Prepare to Update, Because Google Drive Pc App Dies Next March by cnet

The Google Drive app for personal computers will stop working March 12, 2018. Its fuller-featured replacement, Backup and Sync, is available now.

If you're among the hundreds of millions of people using Google Driveto synchronize files across your PCs and phones, be warned: you've now got three months to install its replacement.

Google’s New ‘Backup and Sync’ App

Google's New 'Backup and Sync' App Beams Your Photos to the Cloud by petapixel.com

Google this week launched a new desktop app that consolidates file backups for both Google Photos and Google Drive. It’s called Backup and Sync, and is an easy way to protect your precious photos from being lost.

Backup and Sync replaces Drive for files and the Google Photos desktop uploader for photos.

New Things You Can Do With Google Photos

All the New Things You Can Do With Google Photos by Makeuseof.com

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Google is adding a bunch of new features to Google Photos. All of which should help make Google Photos even more of an essential app than it is already. From improved sharing options to physical photo books, with a little bit of Google Lens on the side, Google Photos is evolving.

When Google killed Picasa, many people were disappointed. Here was their favorite photo app being euthanized, and for what? 

Google Photos Adds Video Stabilization

Google Photos can now stabilize all your shaky phone camera videos ... by www.theverge.com

Google Photos is where all my photos are. Long ago I was a man of SmugMug, and then Flickr, and then at some point spent days and days …


Google Photos V2.13 Adds Video Stabilization​ by Android Police

There's nothing like adding great new features with an update. The latest version of Photos began its rollout yesterday and it enables a video stabilization feature …

How to Set Up Google Photos

How to Set Up Google Photos by androidcentral.com

Google Photos might seem a bit intimidating, but getting set up is quick and easy. Never lose a photo again, once you've set up Google Photos. Having access to all of your photos at a swipe is kind of like living the dream, at least for many photographers it is. 

Digitize Old Photos with Your Smartphone

How to Digitize Old Photos with Your Smartphone by How-To-Geek

We all have old photos that are important to us. Vacations, family members who are no longer with us, good times in our lives—you know, important stuff. The thing is, pictures fade. The best way to keep these precious memories safe is by digitizing them, and what was once a lengthy process can now be done—with pretty exceptional results—directly from your phone.

Tips and Tricks for Google Photos

32 tips and tricks for Google Photos by Computerworld

Got Google Photos? This guide will help you get around the service like a pro.

Google Photos is a great way to store your personal photos and make them available across different devices — and with the holiday season upon us, the potential for generating lots of photos is at an especially high level. But the service is far more than just a virtual cloud locker.

Photos has oodles of options, features and possibilities for viewing, manipulating and managing your digital memories. And many of them aren't immediately obvious. Take a few minutes to scan through these tips…

Google Photos Albums Search

Google Photos now has albums included in search results by androidpolice.com

Google Photos is great (speaking personally, it's one of my favorite Google products), but there's always been one thing wrong with it: albums were not included in search results. Say I search for "cats" (I have a lot of photos of my cats). The photos in the albums would be included, as well as items found by object recognition, but the album with my cat photos would not be included. Google has now fixed this anomaly, causing the album itself to be included.

Smartphone Automatic Photo Uploads

Take Control of Your Smartphone’s Automatic Photo Uploads by HowToGeek

Modern smartphones and cloud photo services want to automatically upload every single photo you take to the cloud. This ensures all those photos you take are safely backed up somewhere, but it isn’t ideal for every single photo. Unfortunately, companies like Apple and Google haven’t gotten that message. Here’s how to control which photos get uploaded, and to where.

Google adds rotation to Photos

Google adds rotation suggestions and more to Photos service by Android and Me

Google Photos is continuously getting better. Google has just announced a few new features that are sure to please those who use the service. The big one is a card that suggests which photos need to be rotated. You can then tap the photos to rotate them right side up. Sideways photos are definitely a pain, so this is a great tool.

Google Photos will also show you “memories” (read: old photos) of people who are in your new photos if your library spans that far back. It shows recent highlights, too, making small groups of similar photos. And lastly, Photos can now automatically make GIFs from the best parts of your videos, which it finds itself.

Better Pictures with Your Phone

How to Take Better Pictures with Your Phone’s Camera by How-To Geek 

They say the best camera is the one you have with you, and most smartphone cameras can now easily replace a point-and-shoot. For users who have experience taking pictures, the move from a “real” camera to a smartphone can be an easy one, but for users with no photography experience, it can be a real challenge to get a decent looking shot from your phone. Fortunately, smartphone cameras are often…

Picasa shutting down on May 1

Picasa officially shutting down on May 1 by Android and Me

Google’s Picasa photo service will soon be no more, as the company has decided to focus on Google Photos instead of working on both. The service will officially be shut down on May 1, while support for the desktop app will end March 15.

Thankfully, your data won’t be lost. Google is making a way for people to continue accessing old data, including tags and comments, for those who don’t want to use Google Photos. Users won’t be able to add or edit anything, but giving them access to old data is a great move by Google.

If you want to move from Picasa to Google Photos, all of your photos and videos will already be there. There’s no need to move everything over. Google Photos is a pretty nice service, so at least give it a shot.

Budget Digital Cameras

Join us at 7 PM Monday June 4 in the clubhouse, for first in a series of presentations on the use of digital photography, from the purchase of a camera to the sharing of your pictures with your family and friends.  We will have 6 or 8 sessions dealing with this subject.

A few review sites featuring budget priced digital cameras.

Here is the presentation outline. 

 

Help – YouTube Clips

These YouTube clips were produced by the folks at Google. TeachParentsTech.org, a site that allows you to select any number of simple tech support videos. The site is not perfect and hardly covers all of your tech questions, but hopefully it’s a start!

Picasa – Making a Gift CD/DVD

You can create a gift CD or DVD for any existing folders or albums in Picasa.

To create a gift CD/DVD, please take the following steps:

  1. In the Picasa folder list, click on the folder or album you’d like to make into a gift CD/DVD.
  2. Click the Create menu, and select Gift CD.
  3. Click the Add More button to add other folders and albums. Select the checkboxes in the Folder List for the folders or albums you’d like to include.
  4. Adjust your gift CD settings: Choose your photo size, include an auto-slideshow, include a copy of the Picasa software.
    • Order of photos on the CD/DVD: If you select ‘Include Slideshow,’ photos will be copied in the same order that you had the photos arranged in your folder or album. Otherwise, photos will be copied in the same order as they are stored on your hard drive, most likely alphabetical order according to filename.
  5. Name your gift CD/DVD.
  6. Insert a blank disk. The number of disks required to complete the job is listed in the blue bar above the ‘Create a Gift’ CD options.
  7. Click the Burn Disc button.
  • Once you click the Burn Disc button, it’s not possible to add more photos to the same CD or DVD. If you need to add additional photos, please use a new disc.
  • Gift CDs or DVDs authored on a Mac will work on a Windows computer. However, Gift CDs or DVDs created in Windows will not function on a Mac.

 

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