I have been wanting to tell everyone about photo storage and photo editing for a while. Yesterday, I threw the kids in the car after they had a long nap and brought them down to a park here close to camp. They were just setting up for their Saturday night concert put on by the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network. Anyway, save the porta potties, the backdrop was perfect and the kids were actually pretty agreeable. Celia basically just walked the whole time which explains a lot of the photos! “Parker, Parker, walk with her, okay, hold her hand– no don’t grab her, don’t pull her, just walk with her, not too fast, no, no, okay, just like that.”
I’m sharing this on the blog because I want people to know what’s out there for free photo storage and editing Many of you may already use Picasa through your google account. It really is the best out there. Picasa is different from other photosharing– when you share it with someone, they can download the photos full file to their own computer. Not the same as sending a Shutterfly or Snapfish album, they can have the whole thing!
1. You won’t run out of storage or can purchase more. We have all of our wedding photos and videos, other important documents saved on our google docs.
2. Photo files are saved in their original form, not just the images for making albums or ordering prints.
3. Sharing via email is easy— whole albums or single photos.
4. It’s very easy to post photos to a blog if you have one through blogger. We have ones for pictures of the kids.
5. You can order photos easily through Shutterfly right through Picasa. Since I make photobooks and calendars through Shutterfly, this is convenient.
What to do:
1. Sign up for a google account if you don’t already have one.
2. Download Picasa web albums to your Iphone.
3.Download the desktop version of Picasa on your home computer. It uploads pictures in a snap and makes it easy to create albums and organize photos (just make sure you hit the little button to “sync to web” if you want to share and see the photos through your account online).
4. Go to photos. If you get bogged down in google plus and can’t figure out where to find the web albums, just search for it on google.
In the Desktop version of Picasa, there are editing features. You can play with the color, make it sepia or black and white but also sharpen the image with backlight or with color saturation. The photos below were edited in about 10 seconds each, it was so easy and so fun. Actually, once I finish doing a set of photos like this, I always have this flash of quitting my job and becoming a children’s photographer. Well, maybe a second career in the future, anyway!
- How To Make A Video Of Images Using Picasa (mytechpromo.com)