Google Photos

How can I burn an old video to DVD from Picasa?

Episode 1306

Richard from West LA, CA

Richard made a video a few years ago that he uploaded to Picasa. He has tried to burn it onto DVD and all he gets is a still image for the entire DVD. He tried to duplicate the DVD with Handbrake but he couldn't download it. Leo says to be sure to get Handbrake directly from Handbrake.FR. He'll also need VideoLan Media Client. They both work together to create the DVD.

How can I make room on my phone without losing my images?

Apple iPhone SE

Episode 1295

Gary from New Jersey

Gary has an iPhone 5S and he's hearing rumors that the iPhone 7 is coming out in the fall. He wants to upgrade to get more storage. How can he make room on his phone in the meantime? Leo says that since Gary is thinking of upgrading because he's running out of room on his 32GB model, he suggests backing up those photos into the cloud. Gary can turn on the iCloud Photo Library for storage. He can find that in Settings > Photos and Cameras > iCloud Photo Library. He may need to buy more storage and can get 200 GB for $2 a month.

How can I get everyone to share photos from my wedding?

Episode 1294

Brian from Palmdale, CA

Brian is getting married and they had to cut back on using a professional photographer due to budgets. Leo says that nowadays everyone has a smartphone, so he should encourage everyone to take pictures and then post them somewhere that they can get them. He could employ a hashtag so it's easier to search, no matter what social network they post to. Facebook has the Moments app that can work well for this. Google Photos has a great solution. He could create a shared Google Album that everyone can upload to. And they don't even need a Google account to upload to it.

How can I stop iCloud from putting all my photos back on my phone?

Apple Photos

Episode 1281

Darlene from Seattle, WA

Darlene has over 6,000 images on her phone. She's been backing them up to Google Photos, and when she signed up for iCloud Photos, it put all 6,000 images back on her phone! Leo says she can turn off the iCloud photo library, but at least leave the Photo Stream turned on. That will erase all of them from her phone. Amazon Prime is another good option for storing photos, as is Yahoo's Flickr, which offers 1TB of free storage.

How can I share my photos online?

Episode 1272

Old Geek from New York

Old Geek wants to share his sketches with friends. What's the best option? Leo says that uploading images to Google Photos is a great option. He can upload scans or photos of his sketches to Google Photos and then share links to his images to anyone he wants. He can also use a sharable folder and then send the link to the folder for them to enjoy. He could also use Flickr and Facebook.

Do I have to pay for iCloud?

Episode 1263

Michelline from Studio City, CA

Michelline doesn't want to have a paid iCloud account. Leo says that she doesn't have to buy anything, but she does need an Apple account. That's mostly so that she can have iCloud and a way to track her phone in the event that it's stolen. She doesn't want to pay for iCloud, though. Leo says she'll get 5GB for free and that's good enough for most people unless she's backing up photos and videos. $2 a month gets her 200GB and that's plenty for photo backup. Leo also recommends using Google Photos.