Looking for a new way to store and organize your photos? The new update to the Google Photos app can help you create a perfect vacation album using its algorithms. What a great tool for the frequent traveler.
Google Photos, Google’s cloud-based photo management software application (available on iOS and Android devices) can help you build the perfect vacation photo album. And with the new update that rolled out on March 22, 2016, the process is even easier. In addition to automatically backing up all of your photos in one easy cloud location, Google Photos “Assistant” feature helps sort your photos, creates GIFS and collages, and even makes suggestions and enhancements for improving your shots.
Assistant now offers a new feature: it will automatically create albums and select your best photos without any input from you. Creepy? Maybe. Time-saving? Absolutely. As a frequent traveler and busy parent, this new feature will chart your trips on a map, recognize and tag famous landmarks within your photos, and create “pan-and-scan” montages from related photos. According to Google, these new “Albums” created by Assistant will replace the formerly known “Stories” in Google photos.
So How Does It All Work?
For out-of-town photos, Google Photos will be able to identify the start and end dates of photos and will automatically create an album from the best images (eliminating duplicates) from the trip. Within that Album, Google Photo will create a basic Google Map of your journey as a title card for the album. You have the ability to fine-tune locations on the map, edit which photos appear in the album, and add captions to the photos and album. When you are finished editing your albums, you can share it with contacts or share it for collaboration if you’ve had multiple people on your trip.
Turing off location services and geotagging will not affect the accuracy or quality of the albums because of the way Google Photos can search and identify landmarks and such.
Assistant also has the ability to recognize faces within your photos and identify faces that show up regularly in your photos and note them as important for you and you’ll be able to tag them with a name or identifier such as “Mom” or “Janet.” Assistant will also sort through and when it picks out the best photos, it will choose the one where the majority of the people in a group shot all have their eyes open. This is great news for family reunion photos and family vacation photos. No more sorting through six or eight photos to decide which one is the best.