Google+: Becoming a Togs best friend

Any serious enthusiast photographer would likely already have an account with the likes Flickr, 500px, Instagram (I KID!! I KID!!), Facebook and whatever other image sharing sites that may exist.  Or possibly all of them.  Google+ however which has always been sneared at by the “evil mother-in-law” type Facebook user, is fast becoming the best social media site to use, generally speaking, and even more so if you are into photo sharing.

If you still think Google+ is for the silly nerds, read these stats and weep:

  • 540mil users, 300mil of which are active in the stream
  • 1.5bil photos upload weekly

The short reason why is that your images just look better.  Plain and simple.  You can upload at the full resolution, and have auto-uploads and sharing via your smart device if you have that option setup.  Google has now taken this a few steps further to add even more features to entice togs over to their platform.  See the list below from Google+’s official blog:

  • For starters, full size backups and background sync are coming soon to Google+ for iOS. This way you can backup your photos as you take them.
  • In addition, finding your photos is actually fun. We now recognize over a thousand different objects—from sunsets to snowmen—so you can just type what you’re looking for, and find matching items in your library.
  • Auto Enhance improves each photo you add to Google+, and now you can now dial the enhancements up or down. If you’re already processing your images elsewhere, you can choose to exempt an album entirely.
  • If you like to edit on the go, then you’ll enjoy Snapseed and its new HDR Scape filter. While high dynamic range (HDR) imaging requires multiple photos to create its effect, HDR Scape can deliver similar results with a single tap.
  • We’re also adding Analog Efex Pro to the Nik Collection (still just $149). With it you can reimagine your images using classic cameras and processing methods—from toy and medium format to wet plate and vintage.
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From left to right: photo searches for “sunset” and “snow”

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From left to right: original image; image enhanced with Snapseed HDR Scape

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From left to right: original image; Auto Enhance at “normal”; Auto Enhance at “high”

 

“Auto Awesome” has also had 3 new features added for your editing pleasure:

  • Action. Maybe it’s your child’s first gymnastic meet, or you’re skateboarding with a friend. Action can take their tumble or half pipe trick, and create a strobe-effect photograph.
  • Eraser. When you’re taking pictures of landmarks, people and cars often get in the way. Eraser can take a sequence of these photos, and erase whatever’s moving to give you a “cleaner” image.
  • Movie. Movie produces highlight reels from your photos and videos—complete with effects, transitions and a soundtrack—automatically. You can share the movie as is, or dive into the editing process to customize even further.
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From left to right: sequence of images with people in the way; Auto Awesome Eraser

Satisfied no that you need this in your life?  I thought you would be.

Author Bio

Darryl Gibbs

Simply put, Darryl is a serious tech enthusiast, bordering on "nerd" status. His interest in the world of photography was hatched while marketing for one of the major camera brands, and he hasn't looked back since. Darryl has an insatiable need to improve the quality of peoples lives through technology by making it accessible and understandable. Add to that a humorous outlook on things, and you have a pretty awesome kind of guy!