It was powerful but confusing. The team writes,
Starting in July, new photos and videos from Drive won’t automatically show in Photos. Similarly, new photos and videos in Photos will not be added to the Photos folder in Drive. Photos and videos you delete in Drive will not be removed from Photos. Similarly, items you delete in Photos will not be removed from Drive. This change is designed to help prevent accidental deletion of items across products.
See also more detailed info as needed.
FWIW I bailed on this integration a long while back. Instead I now import images from my SLR & Insta360 to my Mac; edit/convert the selects to JPEG via Lightroom Classic & the Insta app; then drag the JPEGs into a photos.google.com in a browser window (so they’re grouped with my phone pics/vids); and finally back up the originals to an external HD. It’s not exactly elegant, but it’s simple enough and it works.
Just to confirm, as various friends have been asking:
Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.
So after Google+ shuts down April 2, everything you see at photos.google.com will be safe & sound. As for stuff not in your Photos library:
- If you’ve shared an image on G+, that shared copy will be deleted. You can see all of those images in the Album Archive page.
- You can download your content before the April shutdown.
Hope this helps. If anything is unclear, please let me know!
Here’s a nice little gift for my fellow shutter-happy parents (of human and/or furry children): You can now include up to 20,000 images (up from the previous limit of 10,000) in a live album (i.e. one that automatically includes pics/vids of selected people & pets.
This is a timely godsend for my family, as my brother & I just gave our folks a Google Home Hub for Christmas, set up to automatically show photos of our kids. Between our families we quickly swamped the 10k limit, so this headroom is very timely. Thanks, team!
My team makes tech that Lens uses to do things like track text in the screenshot below, so I’m pleased that Google Lens is getting integrated into Google search on iOS and upgraded in Google Photos:
It’s easier than ever to do more with your photos with a new, redesigned Google Lens experience on Android and iOS–now available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Korean.
Pretty much like it says on the tin. PetaPixel writes,
There isn’t a filter in the app that lets you selectively see only Portrait mode photos, but the new option in the Edit menu will be present for any Portrait shot.
Download the latest version of Google Photos for iOS to get started with this new feature. Depth editing is already available on the Pixel 3, Pixel 2, and Moto phones that have depth photo support. Google says it’ll also be adding more Android devices soon.
“Been waiting to build this since the beginning of Google Photos :)” tweeted Dave Lieb, product lead for Google Photos. As TechCrunch writes,
[U]sing A.I. technologies and facial recognition is a next step, and one that makes Google Photos an even more compelling app. In practice, it means that you wouldn’t have to manually share photos with certain people ever again – you can just set up a Live Album once, and then allow the automation to take over.
Oh, and with the newly announced Google Home Hub, people (e.g. my folks) can have an auto-updating picture frame showing specific people (e.g. our kids).
Try Live Albums right now on Web, iOS, or Android. It works like this:
This is kind of inside-baseball, but it’s exciting for the possibilities it opens:
If you want to build and test your own experience, you can visit our developer documentation to get started. You can also express your interest in joining the Google Photos partner program if you are planning a larger integration.
Among the things apps can now do:
- Easily find photos, based on
- what’s in the photo
- when it was taken
- attributes like media format
- Upload directly to their photo library or an album
- Organize albums and add titles and locations
- Use shared albums to easily transfer and collaborate
Been a long time in coming, but we’re getting there at last:
The Favorite (star) button will only appear on photos in your own library, allowing you to mark an individual item as a favorite which, in turn, will automatically populate a new photo album with just your favorite photos. […]
Meanwhile, the heart icon is Google Photos’ version of the “like.” This will appear only on those photos that have been shared with you from your family and friends.
In past posts I’ve talked about how our team has enabled realtime segmentation of videos, and yesterday I mentioned body-pose estimation running in a Web browser. Now that tech stack is surfacing in Google Photos, powering the new effect shown below and demoed by Sundar super briefly here.
Starting today, you may see a new photo creation that plays with pops of color. In these creations, we use AI to detect the subject of your photo and leave them in color–including their clothing and whatever they’re holding–while the background is set to black and white. You’ll see these AI-powered creations in the Assistant tab of Google Photos.
Thoughts? If you could “teach Google Photoshop,” what else would you have it create for you?