Photos

What's the best option for backing up and organizing my photos in the Cloud?

Episode 1829

Henry from Los Angeles, CA

Henry has a lot of pictures, both personal and for business. He has them all backed up on Carbonite, and recently moved them over to Google Photos. He's got them all organized, but he says that even with the folders, it's way too crowded on his phone. Leo says that Google Photos has an option to delete your images off your phone once they are uploaded to the cloud. But he wants to segregate the business photos from his personal photos. Leo says that there are organizational options in Google Photos, and they will create special folders that are private.

How Can I Rip Family DVDs and Scan Photos to Share?

Handbrake

Episode 1820

Elizabeth from Fullerton, CA

Elizabeth wants to rip her family DVDs and send the video files to family and friends. Leo says to use Handbrake to rip the DVD. Then, you can re-encode the video files to a format that everyone can read. MPEG4 is the best option. After that, you can edit the video files and then send them out. iMovie would work great for the Mac. Then, Leo recommends putting it on a file-sharing site like DropBox and then sending the link out to everyone you want because the files will be pretty large. There's also OneDrive, Google Drive, or iCloud. 

Can Apple's NCMEC Technology be Misused by Governments?

Apple

Episode 1818

Joe from Brooklyn, NY

Joe is concerned that if Apple's new fingerprint photo technology is used today to find child porn, how long before other governments use it to root out gay people in Saudi Arabia, or what if the technology is used to out gay kids to their parents? It's definitely a problem. Leo says that's a perfect example of why this technology is problematic. 

Where Can I Get Free Unlimited Photo Storage?

Photos

Episode 1778

Dale from Santa Monica, CA

Dale uses Google Photos and he's concerned that the change to limited photo backup will affect Apple's sync feature that makes photos available on iPad from the iPhone. Is there an alternative? Leo says that Google's price scheme for additional storage will be very affordable. But if he still wants unlimited free storage, he could try Amazon Prime Photos - it's free to all Prime members. Shutterfly also offers unlimited free storage for originals.

How can I save photos with the date it was taken?

EXIF Metadata

Episode 1742

Rich from West Palm Beach, FL

Rich has been scanning an archive of photos from the family history. He's used scanning services, a DIY with Epson Fast Foto, Flatbed scanners. The works. But in the last six months, he's organized the photos and then imported them into Photos. But he can't search by date. The dates have been linked according to the date it's been scanned. Leo says that Photos is using the File modification date. You can't really rely on that.

How can I backup and organize all my photos in the Cloud?

Shutterstock

Episode 1736

JC from Sherman Oaks, CA

JC has a ton of pictures on his computer and they aren't organized. It's a real mess on his hard drive. How can he organize them in the Cloud so that they are not only backed up but easier to access? Leo says that Google Photos is ideal, but they only backup unlimited hires JPEGs, not the uncompressed RAW versions that JC wants. But it's a good backup to the backup.

How Can I Securely Share Photos Online?

Google photos

Episode 1735

Bobby from Park City, UT

Bobby remodels homes and creates professional before and after images. He'd like to have a cloud-based solution to showcase the work with privacy, but also be able to share the images when interested. Leo says that Google Photos has that ability and it can be private and secure, but allow for sharing with a link. Easy and free. If Bobby is doing this commercially, G Suite is the way to go, and it offers a considerable amount of storage. Alternatives include Microsoft OneDrive.