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11-13-2015, 01:42 PM   #1
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Google Photos Story

Recently turned on Google Photos... had not uploaded anything but cell pictures and work images. I wanted to share some pictures from a recent vacation, so I uploaded a selection... the Assistant assembled a "Story" from it, along with maps showing where the pictures were taken, travel that day, etc. It got this information from knowing where my phone was, and the time/date stamp from my camera. It also merged in pictures from my cell phone that I had taken when I was not carrying my K30...

It did a pretty good job- I added a few more shots, since it was already pretty heavily curated- I'll try a larger set sometime to see what it picks out. You can go back and in modify which images, which maps, etc are included. You can do some small edits to pictures, and add some captions. Nothing super flexible, but sooo easy.

Some people will undoubtedly be creeped out by this kind of data merging. Personally, this is the kind of thing that I want from Google (in trade for my browsing history ;-).

One thing- I am not in the habit of changing the time stamp on my camera when I travel to different time zones. That caused some shifting of the "day" cover pages. Something to remember in the future!

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Apple had that in the last few versions of iPhoto. I don't know if it's still in Photos or not.
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I am one of those people who is already creeped out by it. Being a photographer who likes sharing photos, but also someone that doesn't like corporations snooping around makes me a bit of a walking contradiction.
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While I don't mind these things, it creeps me the heck out how good Google's face recognition is.

I do, however, turn on or off any privacy and metric related options I can.


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