Google Photos, The Ultimate Users Primer

We are often asked how best to preserve and safeguard pictures once everything is digitized. The two word simple answer is the free storage site, Google Photos, where all your photos are safely backed up and organized so you can find them fast, and share those decades past memories.


PC Magazine’s feature’s editor, Eric Griffith published a primer on “Tricks to Master Google Photos, and we’re sharing some of Eric’s best tips with you.


The Power of Google Photos To Organize Your Pictures [excerpt]


  • Play With Search: You should definitely search in Google Photos, using terms common and obscure. Google’s auto-tagging of images is pretty amazing.
  • Pinch to Change Your View: Pinching or expanding your two fingers on a single image to zoom in or out is standard. Google Photos lets you change the look of the entire mobile app by pinching, so you can zoom from “comfortable view” all the way out to the by-year view, with stops at days and months in between.
  • Quick Select Pics: Hold your finger on a picture to select, then just start dragging your finger and all the pictures you touch will be selected.
  • Apply the Same Edits to Multiple Shots: If you’ve perfected the edits on one image, you can apply it to a bunch of them.
  • Back Up With Wi-Fi Only: In the mobile apps, you can turn off “Photos (or Videos) back up using cellular data” in the settings under Back up & sync. It’s a good idea for those with a limited data plan.


  • OUR FAVORITE TIP: Recover Items for 60 Days: Deleted an image you want back? Go to the menu (on mobile or web), and select Trash. Your deleted images hang out here for a couple of months before they’re truly gone.

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Why You Must Support Tagging of People in Pictures for Photo-Sharing Apps

 

An historic threat is underway — unlike anything we’ve seen since the convergence of digital photography. It is causing the leading photo-sharing apps to be embroiled in, and under fire for tagging people in pictures. Why this matters and four solutions.


ScanMyPhotos

ScanMyPhotos.com digitized more than 400 million pictures, many are uploaded to the popular photo-sharing sites

ScanMyPhotos.com supports the benefits and legitimacy of biometric image-recognition tools.  Storytelling cannot be accomplished without implementing photo-tagging, image recognition technology.  This technology is the lifeblood and centerpiece of sharing and tagging pictures.


Since the dawn of photography, analog photo tagging predated biometric facial-recognition.


 

While the practice of “photobombing” has become a social and cultural phenomenon lately, the practice itself isn’t anything new. Since the advent of the camera, people have either intentionally tried to appear in someone else’s photos or have accidentally stumbled into the frame. Now, with biometric facial recognition (BFR) algorithms, companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook are able to identify these “photobombing” faces across the web—yet, this smart way to organize and share pictures is dredging up privacy concerns.


“When you consider the 3.5 trillion analog photos and billions of more recent digital pictures in existence, our images—in some form or another—may be entrapped in a stranger’s photo album without consent. If a person walks through the background of a tourist’s snapshot, facial recognition software may recognize the face and tag the person’s name to that picture. That photo can then be shared across the internet—with the person’s name attached, and without their permission to share it,” said Mitch Goldstone, president & CEO, ScanMyPhotos.com.


While the privacy implications are concerning, there are also more incontrovertible benefits to this technology. The ability to detect a person’s image in the background of a photo could help historians make a number of connections. If, for example, an individual is researching his personal family ancestry, facial recognition could help him find photos of his great, great-grandmother smiling in a (seemingly) complete strangers’ photo.


“Helping to electronically organize photographs is a critical issue. It is enjoyed by millions, and the benefits are staggeringly beneficial. With facial recognition technology, we can vastly improve tracking history through photos. This is why we are rallying consumers, the tech and photo industries to also support this advocacy campaign,” said Goldstone.


This (Sept 21, 2017) Chicago Tribune story by Ally Marotti, provides smart insights and an update on the litigation against Shutterfly. Excerpt:


That has been one of the most-watched suits taking on the biometrics issue. Three Illinois men allege Facebook was collecting, storing and using biometric data without consent. Facebook’s attempt to get the lawsuit dismissed was denied. Some say these types of lawsuits allege damage without evidence of actual harm.


As these antiquated privacy laws are being challenged, leading tech-industry giants like Facebook and Google Photos hail new facial-recognition tools to help identify pictures. Restricting this collection and storage of biometric “faceprint” data falls outside the margins of intellectual property rules. The image-recognition tools are scanning photographs, not actually biometric face and body scans. It is just identifying people, places and things within vintage photographs.


This is different from other uses of biometrics, such as iBeacon which uses smartphone transmissions to identify people and send them marketing messages. Tagging a person in a photograph should not be considered in violation of privacy rights. There is no malice or intent to harm anyone by identifying physical characteristics, but rather a fun and easy way to organize your lifetime of photo memories.


Yet, while we could argue both sides of the debate, there are several smart solutions that could be used to protect people’s privacy.


4 Solutions to the Photo-Tagging Controversy




1) When collecting and retaining biometric identifiers, people should have an easy way to opt-out. A simple one-touch button should be accessible on every electrically stored picture to permanently and universally remove and untag your images if identified within that photograph.


2) Strengthen the terms of service and privacy policy and transfer any obligation to those uploading pictures rather than the utility hosting them.


3) Have a manual, rather than automatic enrollment policy for people to select using a facial-recognition program.


4) Prohibit the trading, selling or profiting from any biometric information that violates Terms of Service privacy provisions.


While we are advocates of biometrics and the capabilities it has to offer—particularly in terms of photo organization and history preservation—we are opening up the dialogue so others can voice their support as well.


About the author: ScanMyPhotos, founded in 1990, is an e-commerce photo digitization service that scanned more than 400 million analog pictures. To help organize and identify these lifetimes of newly digitized pictures, people are widely enjoying photo-sharing services and the magic-like assistance from image-recognition tools, and which we fully support its use.


 

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 7 Pro Tips on How to Take Sunset Pictures

how to take sunset picturesThere is little more awe-inspiring than a dazzling sunset. It’s only natural to want to snap up the brilliant colors, fluffy clouds, and blazing-red sun. But how do you take sunset pictures so that they inspire as much awe as the sunset itself?

 

Here are a few of our pro tips:

 

Underexpose

 

The key trick to capturing beautiful sunsets is actually the opposite of astrophotography. Instead of setting a long exposure time, you’ll want to opt for a shorter one. The result will be brighter and richer colors and hues.

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Your Mystery Photo Scanning Flash Sale Revealed

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6,000* photos scanned for under $300, with free shipping included


You found our most popular page which reveals this week’s super discounted ScanMyPhotos.com flash sale.


 

 

 


 

3 for 2 Special – FREE Extra Photo Scanning Box + Free S/H. Save $145. 


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Get about 6,000* photos scanned for $290 + free S/H.  This week’s super deal solves your entire photo scanning project, as we professionally digitize about 6,000 photos with free S/H. That’s about 5-cents per scan.  Super-fast prof’l photo scanning, returned in days.


Loads of popular add-on features available. This discount applies to Social Media Photo Scanning (150dpi) $145, Archival Photo Scanning (300dpi) $259, and Ultra High Quality Professional Photo Scanning (600dpi) $299).


The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, AARP, Real Simple, USA Today, KRON4 TV News, KTLA5 TV News and 100’s more are raving about our most popular service.


DETAILS


  • FREE Extra Photo Scanning Box. MUST SELECT THREE TO VALIDATE
  • One week only to order
  • Order 3 boxes and pay just for 2* – INSTANT SAVINGS
  • Super-fast prof’l photo scanning, scanned and returned in days. Loads of popular add-on features available
  • Upon ordering, your fill-the-box kit is usually mailed within 1 business day
  • Super-affordable. Includes all 3-way S&H, pay one price, $145 per prepaid 150dpi box, $259 for 300dpi, or $299 for 600dpi scanning (buy 2 get 3rd free)
  • We rush, but you don’t have to: You have up to 6-months to mail back each separate box.
  • *Each box holds about 2,000 pictures (based on size of each photograph, if all 4×6″ it’s about 1,800+)
  • *** MUST READ. Rule for Free Box: Because of this special rate, there will be no exceptions for any reason. If you want to take advantage of the “buy 2 get 3rd free,” it MUST be at the time you place your original order and you must select three boxes. If you only select one or two, no discount applies.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  If you only order one or two box and afterwards decided you need extra boxes to have more pictures scanned, we will under no circumstance retroactively validate this special offer – due to our super-low rates, fulfillment workflow operation and expansive volume. Please, do not ask afterwards, but rather, buy the extra boxes now. All boxes must be delivered to the same address, no rerouting.  Terms, restrictions may change, and applicable sales tax may apply. Offer may be cancelled without recourse at any time. No other discounts, promo codes or prior order reimbursements can be applied to this special promo.

 


Thank you for your help in complying with these requirements. Enjoy this opportunity to digitally revisit all those wonderful and nostalgic photos from decades past.

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Now 6,000* Photos Scanned Under $300, Including Free S/H

6,000* photos professionally scanned for under $300, with free shipping included



This early preview of our Black Friday and Cyber Monday super sale is now live. Too soon? Since we’ve noticed so many retailers already stocked for Halloween, and even Christmas, heck, why not speed things up?


You found our most popular page which reveals this week’s super discounted ScanMyPhotos.com flash sale. We’ve professionally digitized 400 million photos, but none more important than helping you with your photo scanning project.


3 for 2 Special – FREE Extra Photo Scanning Box + Free S/H. Save $145


CLICK TO ORDER


Get about 6,000* photos scanned for $290 + free S/H.  This week’s super deal solves your entire photo scanning project, as we professionally digitize about 6,000 photos with free S/H. That’s about 5-cents per scan.  Super-fast prof’l photo scanning, returned in days. Loads of popular add-on features available. This discount applies to Social Media Photo Scanning (150dpi) $145, Archival Photo Scanning (300dpi) $259, and Ultra High Quality Professional Photo Scanning (600dpi) $299).


The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, AARP, Real Simple, USA Today, KRON4 TV News, KTLA5 TV News and 100’s more are raving about our most popular service.


DETAILS


  • FREE Extra Photo Scanning Box. MUST SELECT THREE TO VALIDATE
  • One week only to order
  • Order 3 boxes and pay just for 2* – INSTANT SAVINGS
  • Super-fast prof’l photo scanning, scanned and returned in days. Loads of popular add-on features available
  • Upon ordering, your fill-the-box kit is usually mailed within 1 business day
  • Super-affordable. Includes all 3-way S&H, pay one price, $145 per prepaid 150dpi box, $259 for 300 dpi, and @299 for 600dpi scanning (buy 2 get 3rd free)
  • We rush, but you don’t have to: You have up to 6-months to mail back each separate box.
  • *Each box holds about 2,000 pictures (based on size of each photograph, if all 4×6″ it’s about 1,800+)
  • *** MUST READ. Rule for Free Box: Because of this special rate, there will be no exceptions for any reason. If you want to take advantage of the “buy 2 get 3rd free,” it MUST be at the time you place your original order and you must select three boxes. If you only select one or two, no discount applies.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  If you only order one or two box and afterwards decided you need extra boxes to have more pictures scanned, we will under no circumstance retroactively validate this special offer – due to our super-low rates, fulfillment workflow operation and expansive volume. Please, do not ask afterwards, but rather, buy the extra boxes now. All boxes must be delivered to the same address, no rerouting.  Terms, restrictions may change, and applicable sales tax may apply. Offer may be cancelled without recourse at any time. No other discounts, promo codes or prior order reimbursements can be applied to this special promo.

Thank you for your help in complying with these requirements. Enjoy this opportunity to digitally revisit all those wonderful photos from your decades past.


Ready? Click HERE To Order


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