Google+ reaches out to photographers with new imaging features
Lauren Crabbe | Published: Oct 29, 2013 at 20:43 UTC7
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:
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.