Prior to the event, I hadn’t tried Google Photos yet, but I’m glad I did as it’s made my life a lot easier. If you are like me and have a ton of photos on all of your different devices (phone, cameras, laptop, desktop, iPad, etc etc), then you are going to love this.
After downloading it from the app store and signing in using your Gmail credentials, it will scrub your phone and send all of your photos up to the cloud. Your photos are now backed up. On top of that, you can also sync your computer(s) + iPad. Within a few minutes I had my phone, laptop, and desktop all synched up… making it easy for me to access any of my photos from whichever device I choose. I’ll often edit photos for instagram on my desktop, and then email it to my phone. Not anymore. On top of that, the design is super intuitive, so there’s barely any learning curve.
The best part (in my opinion) is the search function. It’s magical. Say I want to look for all of my photos of Tyrion. I just enter “cat” into the search box. You can also search for a place, and so on and so forth. (Note that due to privacy concerns, you can’t actually search for people by name, though the app does group faces so users can view all of their photos of the same person together.) So basically, as Fast Company puts it, Google Photos is doing what Gmail did for email, but for photos. An easy way to store everything in one place, with search functionality that makes your stuff super easy to find.
At the event, we were encouraged to “Pay with a Photo.” The way that this would work is that the little sign would pop up with a challenge (like finding your best photo of a beach.) Find the photo, and use it to pay for free waffles.
And oh man, were those waffles delicious. If you’re in New York, be sure to check out Wafels & Dinges. I had mine with whipped cream and their famous Spekuloos spread and it was BEYOND good. (for those who are curious, Spekuloos spread is a buttery caramel sauce made with brown sugar, and gingerbread. It’s creamy like Nutella, but tastes like cookies.)
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