Google+ reaches out to photographers with new imaging features
At an event today in San Francisco, Google announced a bevy of forthcoming features on its social networking site Google+ that will be a boon to photographers: full-resolution photo backups for iOS users, improved search through advanced photo recognition software and better image editing tools.
In addition to the the new features, Google gave the media some impressive stats. Google+ has 540 million active monthly users worldwide who upload 1.5 billion photos each week. This surpasses Twitter's user base, but still falls short of Facebook. As a photo sharing service, Google+ has revealed itself to be more of a direct competitor to Flickr and 500px than originally projected.
Here are a few of the new photo tools in Google+, as listed in its official blog:
- For starters, full size backups and background sync are coming soon to Google+ for iOS. This way you can backup your photos as you take them.
- In addition, finding your photos is actually fun. We now recognize over a thousand different objects—from sunsets to snowmen—so you can just type what you’re looking for, and find matching items in your library.
- Auto Enhance improves each photo you add to Google+, and now you can now dial the enhancements up or down. If you’re already processing your images elsewhere, you can choose to exempt an album entirely.
- If you like to edit on the go, then you’ll enjoy Snapseed and its new HDR Scape filter. While high dynamic range (HDR) imaging requires multiple photos to create its effect, HDR Scape can deliver similar results with a single tap.
- We’re also adding Analog Efex Pro to the Nik Collection (still just $149). With it you can reimagine your images using classic cameras and processing methods—from toy and medium format to wet plate and vintage.
Google has also added three new features to its "Auto Awesome" tool. "Action" creates a strobe-like effect for moving objects, "Eraser" takes tourists out of your vacation photos and "Movie" creates highlight reels by combining your photos and videos with transition effects and a soundtrack.
Snapseed for iOS already has the HDR Scape filter and a new "shadows" slider available in the latest update. Google expects to roll out more photo and video improvements later this week.
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