There are many cloud storage services, but specialized in Photography they are some less. Google Photos is one of them and has, among its many advantages, a feature that is especially striking: it is free and unlimited. However, it is an aspect that must be clarified, because obviously the operation of the platform, in its free and unlimited version, does include some ‘limitations’ that, although they may not matter to most users, they will be important to those who are dedicated to taking photography or video, or both, on a professional level.
Free unlimited photo and video storage, right?
Google Photos allows us to upload photos and videos from the computer or from our mobile devices free and, as we said, so unlimited. That is, we can upload our entire gallery without thinking about how many files there are, or how much each one of them weigh and all as a whole. However, when doing this type of backup, the cloud storage service makes a conversion files to set a maximum resolution of 16 megapixels in the case of photographs, and to pass our videos to the resolution Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels at most if, for example, they are recorded in 4K.
In addition to the conversion in this sense, a indicted automatic to carry out the compression of the files. That is, there is a loss of quality In most cases. And this conversion and compression is hardly noticeable if the use is always going to be on mobile devices and social networks for the files we have backed up. But if we use this platform at a professional level, it is clear that this will be a problem for us. Unless we have contracted Google Drive –Google One- and let’s use the storage payment to make our backup copies with original quality.
Photos, videos and smart features in Google Photos
Although its facet as a cloud storage is possibly the most attractive, Google Photos is not only about that. Because it also serves as the service of backup automatic, or manual, and also complies with Gallery on the device. Besides that, it has a editor built-in that has basic functions, enough to make cropping, orientation changes and basic modifications in brightness, contrast and other parameters.
On the other hand, it has advanced features based on Artificial Intelligence from the Mountain View company so that they are automatically applied improvements to our photographs and compositions are also made without having to do anything at all. When we take a burst, GIF-like animations are made, and when we take several photographs in the same place it is possible that a video to keep as a souvenir or a album complete with all related images and videos. And if not, we can always create albums ourselves manually, generate a movie from the same application, or create our collages and animations ourselves from the section of Assistant.
Easier to share and faster
The last section of the application, the Share, is one of the most interesting. Individually, or creating albums, we can share our photos and videos with other users even if they do not have the Google Photos application downloaded and installed on their mobile devices. And the key, in this sense, is that by generating shared albums we can make them only visible to other users, or in addition to that they can also edit them.
That is, this application gives us the possibility of generating collaborative albums. What does that mean? That if, for example, we go on a trip with other people, when we return we can make an album of these to put the photos we have taken, and that the rest of our companions also put the photos they have taken here. In this way, in the same place we will have all the images and videos that all the people who have participated in the trip have taken. A more comfortable, fast and simple way to share our photos and videos. Another of the enormous advantages of Google Photos.