Photography

Google Photos may be free — but at what personal cost?

Google Photos storage won't cost money, but you should know what you're signing up for.

Google announced its new Photos service at I/O today: It looks a lot like iCloud Photo Library, but with even more perks. Automatic slideshow movies! Insta-GIFs from burst photos! Interactive stories! You can automatically search for faces, places, and things without tagging! It syncs with iOS and the web! And, oh yeah — unlimited storage for free. What could be better?

Well... knowing what "free" means would be a good start.

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Photo Contest: Show us your best Camera Remote shots with Apple Watch!

Have you used the Apple Watch's Camera Remote feature? Show us on Instagram with #shotonapplewatch.

We love taking pictures with our iPhone here at iMore, and adding an Apple Watch into the fray has been an awesome new tool for iPhone photography. As such, we'd love to see any images you've taken with your iPhone and the Apple Watch's Camera Remote feature. Post them to Instagram and include the #shotonapplewatch hashtag, and we'll feature the very best on iMore.com next Monday.

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How would you change Photos for OS X?

Photos for OS X brings Apple's new, system-live image and video service to the Mac.

That meant an end to Apple's traditional photography tools, iPhoto and Aperture, but in their place Photos for OX offers seamless integration with Photos for iOS. That includes sync for both content and edits via iCloud Photo Library. With optimized storage, only your most frequent, favorite, and recent images and videos take up space on your Mac's drive while the rest are stores a click-and-download away on Apple's servers. Yet, as much as Photos for OS X may have replaced iPhoto, it's left some Aperture users looking for more. So, what would you change?

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Yes, tagged Faces do sync to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac — if you know where to look

Even though Photos for iOS doesn't offer a Faces album, you can still find tagged friends using the search field.

I recently wrote a post on getting Faces to sync between multiple computers when you're using iCloud Photo Library, and mentioned — sadly — that there was no efficient way to sync the work-around to iOS. And this remains true... technically.

It turns out that even though Apple doesn't officially sync the Faces album from Photos for OS X using iCloud Photo Library, you can still find any tagged photos of a person — no matter what computer you tagged them on — by searching their name.

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How to get Faces to sync between multiple computers in Photos for OS X

Your Faces album won't sync across your computers — but there's another way to see that collection across your devices.

I like being able to see images of certain family members at a glance — it's helpful for building birthday cards, for instance, or finding great blackmail photos — and it's why I've always loved the Faces feature.

But with Photos for OS X, your tagged Faces won't sync between your Macs — they live, siloed, on the machine where you first tagged them.

This is silly, and something I hope Apple fixes in the next Photos for OS X update. Until they does so, however, you're not completely out of organizational luck: There's a sneaky work-around to get those tagged photos to sync to your other computers.

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#TBT in the age of iCloud Photo Library

ThrowBackThursday is an internet meme where, on Thursdays, you post a photo of yourself from an earlier part of your life.

Now, with iCloud Photo Library, if you're doing a #TBT on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter from your iPhone, you're no longer limited to the photos in your camera roll or those you've laboriously synced over from your personal computer. You have access to all the photos you've taken, ever, from every device you have connected to iCloud — including your potentially massive, historic Photos for OS X library.

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How to change a Faces key photo in Photos for OS X

Photos for Mac may not sync Faces over iCloud Photo Library, but it's still a useful way to organize and quickly find people in your images.

With Photos for OS X, changing the image that Faces uses for a person in the album screen has been tweaked slightly from its iPhoto days. Here's how to go about it.

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How to set your desktop picture in Photos for OS X

Want to rock a photo from your library on your desktop? Photos for OS X makes it easy.

Photos for OS X may look very different from Aperture or iPhoto, but it still offers many of the same features — including a quick way to set a photo as your desktop picture. It's great for those moments when you come across the perfect picture and instantly know you want it as your wallpaper.

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How to use iCloud's Family Sharing with Photos for OS X

You can't sync your entire iCloud Photo Library with your family, but you can still share images with them.

While iCloud Photo Library supports syncing your photos, videos, and albums across your own personal devices, it doesn't offer an option to sync everything to a family member's device: After all, do you really want to share every photo or video you've ever taken with your family? Probably not.

As such, if you have Family Sharing enabled, you'll still have your own Photos library. But that doesn't mean you can't still share images with each other easily. Here are three options I've been using to keep my family in the loop.

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How to use smart albums in Photos for OS X

Need to find a group of pictures quickly? Hook yourself up with Photos for OS X's smart albums.

Smart albums have long been a great way to quickly organize your images without the hassle of having to manually add each individual photo. Photos for OS X, like iPhoto before it, has an easy and quick way to build a Smart Album — read on for a quick tutorial!

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