It is always important to have a back up of your photos and while that trusty external hard drive is faithfully doing it’s job it can decide to simply say goodbye and quit It’s job without warning. The best way, in my view is to have your stuff backed up on an external or internal drive and also in the cloud and my favorite application for this is Google Drive, specifically Google Photos.
Before we get you set up I will briefly explain two options, I think these are very good. One is that you can have free unlimited photo storage on Google – yes free. At the time of me writing this, to get free unlimited space you need to allow Google to reduce the size of your pictures slightly while still maintaining a good quality before they are uploaded to the cloud. I have found out that this ‘good quality’ is actually around 16Mp (megapixels) – not to be sniffed at. There are still many of us taking photos of less quality these days.
However, if your pictures are bigger than 16Mp and or you want them to be kept in their exact size then you can have 15Gb of free space on Google cloud and once it’s used just purchase more, it’s not expensive, I don’t think and personally I pay Google £1.50 a month for an extra 100Gb.
Google photos does more than just back up your photos, it is a whole new photo experience. Want a panorama? Just take three photos (possibly four) and the ap will back them up to Google’s cloud where the magic happens. You will be notified that a new panorama is available and given the opportunity to save it. Google also creates little movies for you, so if you have been to an event – a wedding perhaps then Google will create an album for you and let you know when it’s ready.
Another impressive feature about Google photos is that it uses a thing called ‘image recognition’ – put simply it knows what a cat picture looks like just as it knows what an architectural picture looks like, so, the next time you want to search for a picture of your pet or an old holiday snap just try typing in something about what the picture/pictures contain.
You can also free up space on your phone (Android & Apple) or tablet by accessing the menu (The three horizontal lines in the left of the search box). In this menu is an option to free up space. The ap will calculate how many pictures it has backed up and how much space can be freed up.