Those seeking to bring their old photo collections into the digital age face numerous challenges. Here are a few thoughts about this process.
Recent Google Photos Stories
This week, Google updated its Google+ social networking service three useful new features. Yes, Google+ is still a thing.
Google Photos has launched a new mobile app calledPhotoScan that will help scan your paper-based photos and upload them to the cloud.
Google Photos for Android, iPhone and the web is being updated today with improved photo sharing capabilities. And it works well whether those you're sharing with use Google Photos or not.
For years, I managed digital photos much like digital music, replicating the collection across multiple devices and to the cloud to ensure that our precious memories were never lost. But in a recurring theme, smart phones have changed everything. And it's time to adapt to this change.
Late last week, Google announced the one-year anniversary of its Google Photos service, noting that it has collectively freed up 13.7 petabytes of phone storage by providing free cloud-based storage for our memories. I've been using Google Photos since it was announced, and have found it to be the superior photo service.
I've spent a lot of time this year decluttering, both physically around the house, and digitally. But there's no task more daunting, perhaps, than scanning and then throwing out decades of paper-based photos.
I've recommended Google Photos since the service first launched last year. And this week, it's gotten even better thanks to a new auto album feature that appears to be replacing a previous feature called stories.