Monday, 6 April 2015

Why do we have Google Plus Photos repeated on Google Drive?

We're still trying to figure out WHY they created the Google Drive entry door to Google Photos (Google+ Photos).

At the moment, I suspect the designers wanted to offer a tree structure way of accessing your images. Neither the Picasa web interface nor Google Photos nor Picasa desktop client allow you to see a tree structured organisation of your image files.

Google Photos

This webapp has some logic on
a. albums
b. images from posts not in albums
c. autobackup images from phone or computer (guess)
d. images from other sources like hangouts (guess)
e. showing only the currently chosen version (there might be more than one version)
f. properties like date/time stamp and you could choose a timeline view.

You can create virtual copies of an image file between albums.

Google Drive

1. A default hierarchy tree of folders, in year/month naming e.g. Google Photos/2015/03
2. Every image file you produced from all the sources in that month is put in that month folder.
3. You can optionally see and find image files and move / make a different additional hierarchy within that base folder without breaking your G+ text post.
4. You can move image files out of that base folder into one of your own self made folders outside of the base Google Photos folder (does this count as a delete from G+ ? Not sure.
5. You can edit any of those image files with third party photo apps in the Drive menu without affecting your G+ Photos image and G+ text post. There will be Drive multiple versioning of your image file, not just the G+ Undo version.

In other words, you can carry out Drive actions and features that G+ Photos and Picasa Web webapps lack, all without breaking your G+ text posts, except image file deletion.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Olympus Photo Story

When I first got my OM-D E-M1, I looked at all the features that my previous and much loved Ruby PEN E-PM2 did not have. One of those was Photo Story – I was entranced by the way Olympus had progressed the Studio in the Field concept – as Liveview mirrorless cameras come of age. Freed from optical viewfinders, these cameras can carry out multiple aspect ratios, visual matting and composites dynamically as you aim.

What is a Photo Story? In essence, it is are live creation of Polyptch or  Collage Storyboards. You’ve seen two or three photos occupying one white matted frame in homes and exhibitions. Photo Storys are the digital, virtual equivalent of those – with the immediacy and adrenaline of creation at the point you shoot.

Olympus Cameras that I know have this Photo Story feature are:

  • OM-D E-M1
  • OM-D E-M10
  • OM-D E-M5 Mark 2
  • PEN E-P5
  • SH-1
  • SH-2
  • XZ-10

(if you know of any others, please comment).

On the E-M1, not only do you get the Photo Story image, you also get the individual image files – in case you want to create a the real thing – print out each photo and fix them to a physical frame.

Now, you might say, you normally don’t shoot like this, you prefer to be in full control – shoot your raw, process the JPEGs, run your favourite editor and paste the images onto a composite, high resolution composite image. If you do, please share what software you use and the procedure to create such composite images. For example, there could even be ready made Photoshop Actions scripted to do this.

If you do have one of these cameras, do have some fun, try making some image – have fun exercising your narrative, compositional and composite skills.