Sharing scanned photos:from Picasa to google Photo (& back again)
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Uploaded 1500 family photos to google Photo (henceforth 'gphoto') over the last couple of months. It's been a challenge, to say the least, and not at all as successful as I would have hoped. But the photos are up, and shared, so I'm happy to have gotten that far.
Here some info about the problems, in the hope that it will help anyone else trying to do something similar.Google photo will only sort photos by the date the picture was taken.
This is logical for photos, but not so much for scans -- even if you are super-organised it's difficult to get the correct sequence before scanning.
Summary of solution:
make date-time the same for relevant photos; sort by name; re-upload -- there are very important details below: read on if you're going to do this.
I went to a lot of effort (to be described below: with the help of dc user Lintalist
) to manually sort the scans locally using my filemanager, and rename them according to a correct timeline. You upload your images to gphoto and they are only sorted by date, so you need a workaround. You can manually move an image in gphotos, but it is not a particularly user friendly process, and not really feasible for hundreds of pics anyway.
The workaround is to change the date field to the same date-time on all relevant files:
- in Picasa:
First turn off the sync button for the album in Picasa.
Then select all images in the relevant album or folder that you want to sort by name in gphoto. If focus is in the album or folder, Ctrl+A will do the job.
menu: Tools > Adjust date and time -- add your new date, and select "Set all photos to the same date and time"
- in google Photo:
select your images - in the top right corner click the three dots menu: >Edit date and time
Unfortunately, if your pics are already
uploaded, they will not resort in gphoto (way to go google):
Then you will have to delete the images online (ensure the sync button is set to 'off' for the album in Picasa first
) -- I deleted the online album too (there may be a workaround for this, but if you dont delete the album, and turn on sync for the album in Picasa -- the photos are also removed from the album in Picasa -- the pics were not deleted locally, but I would be very careful here in case: !!backups!!
The Picasa album remembers the older date sort, and may default to it, so make sure the album is sorted by name before you turn sync on.menu: Album/Folder > Sort by name
Then, when you do sync, they will sort by name on gphoto.
To be continued with the topics:
- showing related info (metadata) in the online image (description / caption field)
- face recognition not recognised in gphoto (but album can be downloaded to a local Picasa to read this info - mostly works...)
- manually sorting and renaming photos
- recovering info added in the info panel in google photo (i.e. info added online: this is not synced back to Picasa) [ => see following post ]