Do you organise your photos by adding tags, labels and captions to describe the content? The idea is that if you label or tag all beach photos or all cat photos with ‘beach’ or ‘cat’ or cat and beach if you are at the beach with your cat, you can then search for them and easily find them.
Don’t bother to label or tag photos. You don’t need to.
It is a waste of time going through all your photos adding labels when Google Photos understands perfectly well what is in them. If you take a photo at the beach, Google Photos knows it is a beach photo without you having to add a label or caption.
It also knows where you took a photo, what the photo contains, it can tell a cat from a car, find landscapes, buildings, locations and so on. The need to organise your photos is over. It has been killed off by artificial intelligence.
With the Google Photos app on your phone, your photos are automatically saved to photos.google.com and they can also be accessed through Google Drive too. Storage is unlimited and free, and is recommended.
When your photos are online, go to photos.google.com or drive.google.com and you can search them. There is no need to label them, caption them or organise them.
Enter ‘beach’ into the search box and all photos taken at the beach are displayed.
Enter ‘cats’ into the search box and all the photos containing cats are displayed.
Enter ‘cars’ and all the car photos are displayed.
You can search for many types of photos, images that contain certain objects or subjects, find photos taken at a specific location, and so on. Try a few searches and see what you can find.
This feature is not perfect by any means and it makes a lot of mistakes. Search for beach for example and it sometimes shows pictures of lakes. You can see how it might be confused by these two subjects because they are so similar.
Occasionally the search function gets it completely wrong with a photo, but despite this, it is surprisingly accurate. Ignore the odd photo it gets wrong and you will find a lot where it has correctly detected the subject or found the object within the photo.
You can still click a photo to open it full in a browser and then click the pencil icon to add a description. This will help when searching for photos, but it is becoming less necessary.
Once you start searching, it becomes fascinating seeing what can be found. A search for ‘deer’ resulted in these photos.
You wouldn’t think it could tell the difference between a deer and a dog, but obviously it can. What else can it do? Try searching your own photos.