Review: The Complete Guide to Google Photos

Genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee reviews The Complete Guide to Google Photos by Ben Robison of Legacy Tale – and highly recommends it for family photo curation projects!

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Robison, Ben. The Complete Guide to Google Photos: The Fantastic Free Tool for Curating Past and Present Pictures, Legacy Tale, 2016, 68 pages.

One of the topics that I’ve been pushing in the genealogy community over the past year is the concept of photo preservation and digitization. So when I heard about The Complete Guide to Google Photos by Ben Robison I knew I had to take a look. To be honest, for a tech guy I’m not too verse in Google Photos so I went into this process of using the guide as something of a “newbie.”

And what did I find? Well, in genealogy we have a saying: “How do you know what you don’t know?” Basically, you need a good, easy-to-use guide book like The Complete Guide to Google Photos to get you started.

Covering All the Photo Curation Bases

If you were to inherit a huge collection of family photos, would you know where to get started? Perhaps you would have some misgivings about your abilities to digitize and catalog the images. Or you might not be sure of some of the technical issues involved.

Robison has all the bases covered here and helps ensure that you only take on a photo project once so you can move on to other family history projects such as preserving family stories.

Chapters covered include: 1) Why Google Photos?, 2) Installation, 3) Basic Navigation, 4) Gathering Photos, 5) Curation and 6) Extra Features.

What’s Inside

The Complete Guide to Google Photos features:

  • Easy-to-read text and compelling graphics. Some may want more of a “technical manual” but for the everyday non-techie, I think it works to have more of a “picture book” approach to inspire people to get started on curating their family photos.
  • An overview of the best reasons why Google Photos is best for photo curation including grouping and labeling features.
  • Information on the free vs. “fee” version of Google Photos and why free works for most family historians.
  • A review of various platforms for using Google Photos including iPhone and iPad as well as Android devices.
  • A solid recommendation on what Google Photos settings to use for the best results.
  • How to tackle large photo projects and why digital photos come first vs. print photos. Robison also provides great advice on scanning print photos using both a flatbed scanner and mobile apps.
  • And I LOVE THIS: a section on information and privacy and how Google tracks users! Robison lays out everything needed for you to make an informed decision.
  • Amazing review of advanced features including Albums, Events and even Facial Recognition – who knew this was available in Google Photos?


I’m an author who tries to break down complex concepts and programs into useful information for users, especially those who tend to be technically challenged. So I love it when I see other authors try to do the same and succeed! If you’ve ever wanted to get a jump start on that daunting photo curation project, get The Complete Guide to Google Photos and then get started on preserving an important part of your family history. This is your guide for photo curation success.

About The Author: Ben Robison

Ben Robison is one of the founders of Legacy Tale. He has almost 20 years of experience in the IT industry where he spent much of his time making sure that computers did what people needed (rather than betray and/or antagonize them).

He believes that using technology can be a tremendous aid in the preserving and retelling of family and personal histories, and helping people to understand and use those technologies is something he enjoys.

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