Google Photos — another one joins the club

This week­end Google unveiled their new online image stor­age ser­vice — Google Pho­tos.

It’s not Picas­sa, though it can use it. It’s also sep­ar­ate from Google+. Inter­est­ing. Meh. I’ll stick with Flickr. Here’s why.

If you want unlim­ited free stor­age, this may work for you, though when you upload your pho­tos, you have to use Google’s ‘high qual­ity but free’ set­ting, not the ori­gin­al set­ting. This means RAW and oth­er file formats will be con­ver­ted.

Also, there doesn’t appear to be a way to share the link dir­ectly to the image file — rather all shared links jump to a Google Pho­tos page with the image embed­ded in it. Not a big deal but that means you can’t dir­ectly embed images stored at Google Pho­tos in a blog post, for example. You still have to use ser­vices such as imgur, etc.

And the image edit­or built into Google Pho­tos cre­ates unusu­al arti­facts around the image while in edit mode.

 

It’s fine when you accept the changes, but in my case, the image appeared pos­ter­ized while I was edit­ing it, throw­ing a blue tint in some areas. Not great.

As I said, I’ll stick with Flickr.

 

I like that I can update the image on our digital thermometer

I like that I can update the image on our digit­al ther­mo­stat. Just added this one from NASA APoD:

Pos­ted by Brad Gri­er on Sat­urday, Janu­ary 31, 2015

My iOS App Picks for 2014 — iOS Photo Apps

I tend to keep my pho­to­graphy over on iPad­Dark­room, but since I’m writ­ing about iOS photo apps that I’ve dis­covered or have dom­in­ated my work this year, it seemed fit­ting to look at apps that have influ­enced my photo work.

You’ve likely seen some work cre­ated with these apps before, but they’re worth pro­fil­ing again as my picks because they’ve stood head-and-shoulders above the oth­er apps in the photo edit­or / fil­ter space.

So, on to the apps… Con­tin­ue read­ing “My iOS App Picks for 2014 — iOS Photo Apps”

Cold & Starving

Cold & Starving

I felt like play­ing at lunch and this is the res­ult. Ori­gin­al image is a screen shot from the early-access sand­box ver­sion of The Long Dark — a sur­viv­al game.

I pushed the screen shot through the iOS app Water­logued, then into anoth­er iOS app to make the album cov­er — Vinyl­izeMe. I kinda like the res­ults 🙂

UNDERDOG

Thought I’d make a treat­ment of our ‘UNDERDOG’, Bog­art. The Under­dog concept came from a post by our CaliC­an Res­cue honcho, Rene. He was in a res­taur­ant in Cali­for­nia, on a trip to pick up a new pack of res­cues, and after explain­ing to the waiter why he was there, the waiter replied; ‘Thank you for sav­ing the Under­dogs’. Bog­art is our UNDERDOG.