I just recently started making a concentrated effort to start sharing more of my photos and Google Photos has been a tremendous help in this process. I signed up for Google Photos almost immediately and started to upload everything but my raw files. This took several weeks to complete but everyday I enjoyed looking through the new creations that Google would make for me and skimming through old photos.
Seeing the photos that Google has turned into animations, or stylized, or made into a tone mapped HDR would remind of me of locations that I had long forgotten I had visited and photographed. Then I could also scroll through well over a decades worth of images to find something worth sharing. Something that would have otherwise continued to live in obscurity.
There are other services offering very similar features but I decided to upload my entire library to Google Photos for several reasons:
- Free storage if you don't keep the original file in the cloud.
- Nothing is stored on my computer or mobile device. Apple Photos will store most of your data in the cloud but tries to optimize the local storage used. I already have the original files stored on my computer so I don't want to store them twice on the same drive.
- The "Creations" are neat. Not life changing but I really enjoy having them made for me. Shows me my photos from a different perspective and reminds me of things I have forgotten about.
- The opportunity cost is worth it. I know Google makes money off of me and I am more than okay with that because they give me products and services that I love to use.
- Its not platform dependent.
A couple months after all of my jpegs were uploaded I decided to upload all my raw photos (except for most timelapses and most panoramas) and that's where this Instagram photo came from. I was scrolling through the Google Creations and I saw that Google had gotten its hands on one of my panoramas from a small mountain near my house. It took a single portion of the pano and combined the bracketed images into an HDR for me. It was something I would not have put together on my own but I really liked it once I saw it.