+Jaana Nystrom

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Google+ and your photos


Hopefully many of your questions will be answered here:  The Photos on Google+ feature is under constant development, I try to keep up with the changes and edit this post accordingly.
These screenshots and advice are from a desktop computer running Chrome.





Google+ Photos tutorial


⦊ About the Photo sizes on Google+

⦊ Need photo help with Picasa? Good desktop photo autobackup tips and instructions

⦊ Auto Backup

⦊ Be careful when deleting photos from your phone!

⦊ Search from your own Photos tab

⦊ Account photo limits on Google+ and Picasa Web

⦊ Google+ settings for photos

⦊ How to display the large image thumbnail on Google+ link posts

⦊ A tip for Blogger or Blogspot users: Blogger, Google+ and images

⦊ Make a meme on Google+, use it in your blog and other social media, too

⦊ Albums, moving photos and "Photos" tab in Profile view

⦊ Editing an already published image

⦊ See your Drive photos in Google+ (and a few other improvements)

⦊ Having trouble with your profile photo?

⦊ The cover photo on Google+

⦊ About the Lightbox view

⦊ Share a Google+ photo in Facebook

⦊ Instant upload / Auto backup images and privacy

⦊ 3 easy steps to search Auto Backup on the Google+ Photos App

⦊ Google+ Photobox

⦊ Worried about copyright?

⦊ Links

⦊ Tip about Photo search



About the Photo sizes on Google+


For the standard size photos (max 2048 pix wide) there is no limit or quota in storing them to Google+.
You can also share very large images but full size uploads will count against your Google Drive storage quota.  (15 GB free between Gmail, Drive and Google+, 100 GB costs 1.99 USD per month).

Check your total storage





Note:  If you share a large photo from Gmail to Drive but don't delete the email, that counts twice towards your storage!  If you share a large image to Google+ from Gmail and you haven't opted in for the "Upload my photos in full size" then that image is made smaller and will not count towards the storage.

Read more about the Google Storage Limit




Need photo help with Picasa? Good desktop photo autobackup tips and instructions


Top Contributors in the Picasa help forum have put together an excellent resource for information about Picasa, Google+ photo autobackup for desktop, Google+ Photos and Picasa Web Albums. If you use #autobackup or Picasa, add this to your bookmarks!
Picasa FAQ and resources





Auto Backup




If you use Auto Backup on your desktop or mobile device, when in your "Photos" tab you can either search for backed up images or check your "Recently added" images and share them or copy them to new albums.  I use Auto Backup also from my desktop and Google has already backed up over 40 000 images from my external hard drive.  The funny thing is, when I look at Recently added I see different photos than what I get when searching for Auto Backup...  :-)


The Auto Backup is a Google created folder and moving images from there is not possible, only copying them. Google wants your photos to be safe, that's why the images have an existing copy in that folder. You can delete or download photos here, too.



How to find you Auto Backup photos on you phone:

On the phone you need to go to the Google+ Photos App then use the "magnifying glass" to search for #autobackup :
This will show you all the auto backup images.

Be careful when deleting photos from your phone!







- Delete them from the On Device menu
- ALWAYS check if they have backed up first via a computer

If you have problems with the Auto backup:
- Delete the Auto backup app. Clear app data. Update. Check sync is on and do full backup.



The Auto Backup photos are only visible to you until you decide to share them.






Did you know that the search from your own Photos tab works in surprising ways:
Try searching with how the image looks like. For instance I searched for "yellow flower":






Account photo limits on Google+ and Picasa Web: 


As you upload more photos and videos in Picasa Web Albums, please keep in mind the following account limits:

Maximum photo size: Each image can be no larger than 100 MB.
Maximum video size: Each video uploaded can be no larger than 1 GB in size.
Maximum number of web albums: 20,000
Maximum number of photos and videos per web album: 2,000
Total storage space: Picasa Web provides 1 GB for photos and videos. Files under certain sizes (Google+ normal uploads) don't count towards this limit.

Google+, Gmail and Google Drive share 15 GB storage together.



Google+ settings for photos:



The sharing and privacy control is easy: You can disable reshares of your albums, decide who gets to see what and control the visibility of any album.





How to display the large image thumbnail on Google+ link posts: The size matters


Update from Google:
We also support images as small as 400 px wide and scale them up when necessary.

Just make sure the ratio is correct.  The bigger the photo, the better end result - 1120 pixels or the regular Google+ upload size is really good.  On Blogger you can search all your photo albums for images you wish to use on your blog: They will be copied to the Blogger album which has your blog's name.  NEVER change any settings on that Google-created album! You'll lose the link between your blog and photos.
Read more from Google Developers: Article rendering

(Always make sure at least one photo in the article or on your blog is minimum 506 x 300 pixels in size. It can be resized by HTML in your presentation, but the natural size of that image needs to be at least 506 pixels.)

+David Kutcher tested:

If your image is at least 506 pixels wide, it also has a height requirement. This requirement does not seem to be an aspect ratio requirement, but instead a pixel requirement. While 300px tall was successful, 200px tall failed.

There are likely other factors that affect whether a large thumbnail or small thumbnail displays, and which image Google+ uses as the thumbnail when you share your blog post link.






A tip for Blogger or Blogspot users:


If you add black & white images or images with transparent background to Blogger, sometimes the colours appear to be wrong after saving. The culprit may be the Google+ Auto Enhance: The photos reside in Google+ created album for Blogger and if you have Auto Enhance turned on, the photos may change in the process, for instance B&W may look brownish and the transparent part greyish.

Go to your Photos tab, click on Albums view, find an album with the name of your blog (NEVER delete any images inside or this album!), go to the image and turn Auto Enhance off.





You can also control the Auto Enhance on album level:





If you store photos & videos in your Google Drive, you can also choose to view each folder as an album in Google+. Only you will be able to see them in your library until you choose to share them. If you have Auto Awesome or Auto Enhance turned on, then those features will be applied to your photos as normal, but your original drive files will remain intact.

By the way, using at least 507 pixels wide images you'll get the large thumbnail for your blog article on Google+.

Read more about the sharp edges of Blogger from a post by +Adam Auster. Good stuff.


Blogger, Google+ and images


If your blog is under the same Gmail as your profile, you can use any of your Google+ albums and pick up images for your Blogger blog from them: The "From the blog shows all the images used in the blog inside a Google+ created photo album (never change the settings!).  Blogger Help Center articles
"From Picasa Web Albums" means all your Google+ photos, also Photos from posts:




Make a meme on Google+, use it in your blog and other social media, too


You can save a created meme directly to the Blogger album or a designated album for memes.






Albums, moving photos and "Photos" tab in Profile view


I did some research as you can see from the post below:
When you check the profile of a person or a Page you can see the "Photos" tab there. The view is different from your own "Photos" in the left side bar (pop-up pillar) view.

Google seems to choose the single photos Highlights and does not show all the photos from posts.
I posted about this on my +Gplus Expertise page and also on my profile with even more details, hopefully clarifying the whole set up!

- It is important to name the album before publishing if you are sharing several photos
- Be careful when moving photos









Update for a better visibility of shared single images








Editing an already published image

There has been a slight change: When editing a photo from a post one has to click it open in the Photos tab, not directly from the post:










See your Drive photos in Google+ (and a few other improvements)

Ever wish your Google Drive photos could get some of that Google+ goodness? Now’s your chance -- starting today you can see your Google Drive photos and videos in your Google+ library. Your photos stay in Drive, but they’ll also be visible to you in Google+ (and private until you choose to share them).

Once you choose to show Drive photos in Google+ they’ll be organized chronologically, easily searchable, and automatically enhanced to look better than ever. You might even see a few of them combined into animations and panoramas thanks to Auto Awesome. You’ll be able to see your Drive photos on the web as well as in the Google+ Android app.

Read more from Google+ Help Center  and watch this video from the Developers' +Ali Afshar.






While you’re browsing through old holiday and vacation pics on the desktop, you might notice a couple other changes we’ve made to Google+ Photos based on your feedback:

- More control over your Highlights view. You can choose whether or not individual photos are shown in your Highlights, as well as move highlighted photos to the album of your choice.

- Quicker adding to albums. Now you can pick a specific album for your photos right when you’re sharing them on Google+.

Go to your Photos and click the blue tab if you accept:





Having trouble with your profile photo?


See the workaround for adding a new profile avatar image:






The cover photo on Google+



Take note that the whole image is visible on your hovercard:
- If you plan using text, make it large enough to show also there.
It's your 2-second pitch; Make it understandable and clear when people mouse over your name, to get them interested.

Use your imagination with the images! :-)
For the profile avatar: If the image is too large, it gets resized automatically and there is a possibility to crop it further.  Leave some room around your logo or face shot because it gets cropped further for the circular avatar.

Cover photo size: Minimum 480 x 270 pixels, maximum 2120 x 1192 pixels, with 16:9 ratio






About the Lightbox view



The lightbox is where photos are displayed when you click on any individual photo thumbnail. From the lightbox view, you can navigate through the album and take a variety of actions on the photo.

When you click Share in the lightbox view, you create a post for the photo you're looking at. Anyone you share the post with will be able to see and reshare that photo. If you own the album, and you'd like to prevent resharing of your photo, you can disable resharing. People you share the photo with will not be able to see the rest of the album containing that photo, unless the full album has also been shared with them.

The Google+ photo editor




In the lightbox you can also:
- tag people
- add comments
- +1 the photo
- view photo details
- edit the image






If you're the owner of the photo, you'll find the following in the More dropdown in the top black bar:
- Add to album
- Set as cover photo
- Download
- Auto enhance
- Highlight

If you'd like to disable the ability for viewers to download photos you own from lightbox:

Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu.
Click Settings.
Scroll down to the Photos section.
Uncheck the box next to Allow viewers to download my photos.

The photos can still be copied by right-clicking or taking a screenshot, so don't post anything in Public that you absolutely don't want spreading anywhere in the Internet.



Share a Google+ photo in Facebook:







Add photos to an Event







When you add photos or videos to an event, they are added to a collection shared with all the guests of the event. If you add photos or videos to a public event or event on air, anyone can see these photos and videos. By default, all event guests can contribute to the photo collection of that event. For public events, anyone can contribute photos.

Add photos to an event collection any place you see the Add photos button, marked with a camera image: On an event page, from a notification, or on your phone. 

When you add photos to an existing album that is part of an event collection, those photos will also be added to the event page and shared with the event guests.

Adding a few photos before the Event helps attract more attention.
Read more about enabling the Android Party mode where photos are uploaded automatically to the Event.

Event banner size is 1200 x 300 pixels if you wish to create your own.


Instant upload / Auto backup images and privacy:



I've been asked about the instant upload, will the photos from the phone be publicly viewable...
If the photos are deleted from the phone, what happens then?

- The Google+ photos stay unless you delete them too. If you use Picasa, the images will be visible there also.

- You can always control if something is public or not: If you don't 'share' the pics, they are visible only to you. If you share them to a limited circle or circles, then those people only can see them.



Tagging someone in a photo lets them see the whole album, mind! If you wish to tag someone but not let them see the whole album, just create a new album and copy the photos to be tagged there.


3 easy steps to search Auto Backup on the Google+ Photos App:








Google+ Photobox

Your most plussed Google+ photos:

This unofficial site was created by a Finn +Jari Huomo and it really portrays well the photographers profiles and pages.

Copy the 21-digit G+ ID number from any Google+ URL and replace it here:
http://www.googleplussuomi.com/photobox/mostplussed.php?googleid=108705174211639807508

Use Ctrl (Cmd) + or - to control the image sizes.

This link above and the screengrab below is an example of the Google+ Photos CM +Brian Matiash work:




Try this one too, recommended by +Paul Stickland:

This one has the advantage of being able to change the image size by changing the width in the url and seeing a lot more images.

One idea is to use a cropped screenshot like these as your cover image...


Worried about copyright?


Create your own stock photos for social media!

A little bit of imagination and there you have it.
Visit a market place, a beach, a harbour, a park, a supermarket... Place unlikely objects in strange places and shoot.

I took around 100 different pics with the help of this bouquet of roses which cost 4 Euros.
Snow gives a nice lively background. Cropping and editing on Google+ will multiply the amount of usable images two times or more.

Good post from +Peg Fitzpatrick about using photos in blogs and social media: It may cost you...






Any tips of your own to add?

Links:


Latest article about Google+ Photo Albums

Picasaweb albums direct link

Latest Picasa update DEC 2013

Google+ Photos Updates

Great in-depth article on Google+ for photographers by +The Next Web

Video playlist about the new Chrome photo editor on Google+

Google+ Help pages: Photos  and Editing

Google+ photography Communities

Go to your Photos tab and click on the search bar:
You can see all the different search filters you can use. Clicking on the Auto Backup shows all your backed up photos.





Is there something else you'd like to know about Google+ photos?