Picasa

Another FREE item you can download from Google.  Again it’s not perfect but it’s pretty good.  I open it manually at the beginning of every month.  It goes out and gets all the new photos that I have taken that were moved to my NAS drive without me doing anything but snapping the picture.  I do like to tag my photos.  Not sure if it’s worth the time and trouble but I at least tag them with the year and the month and let it to it’s face recognition and let it automatically tag the kids faces.  It does a fantastic job of automatically finding matching faces.  Even with 6 kids who at various stages of life sometimes look a lot a like I am forever impressed with how I can tag my daughter as an infant and it can find that child’s face even at 16!  Sometimes I have to tag a few of the photos and I ignore strangers or extended relatives.  I pretty much only tag my kids and my parents.  Other than Aunt Sue. Aunt Sue got tagged last year when she went to Alaska with us so she’s that exception to my rule.  Once it reads in all the photos and I tag anything I want to tag.  I do like to tag locations at least state or country so I can find them easily.  I have Picasa set to store the tag in the file.  Now I’m NOT the photo expert.  I do let my phone save location data to the photos.  There’s tons of info available you can see in Picasa it has a decent editor but I don’t spend much time with it.  For me it’s a simple way to see all my photos in one place and browse them through.  Sort of a scrapbook without all the effort.  But then I do one more thing with Picasa.  I click on the last month’s directory and I click UPLOAD and I upload it to google photos.  Again set it to the FREE size which is smaller.  But when it uploads it uploads the photos to an ALBUM which is titled for the directory.  Remember my naming structure 2016 07 July was the last one I just did.  So now I can go to Google photos online or on my phone and pull up that album and see all the photos for the month not just see photos by day they were taken.  So now I’ve probably got two copies of the same photo stored at Google but that’s ok.  I don’t care because…It’s FREE!  It’s easy and it’s sorted my way so I can find things.  The first backup from the phone was just in case my phone was lost damaged or stolen before I got my photos moved.  I never intended it to be permanent but I don’t like how Google organizes daily photos.  I prefer my way so I’ve got redundant redundancy again and it cost me very little time at all.  If I didn’t tag anything it would seriously be about 3 clicks to get it set to upload once a month.  Simple.  Cheap…

 

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