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Google+ Adds New Features for Photographers Including a New Auto Awesome Movie Maker
Google+ is adding a whole bunch of features to lure even more photographers onto its social network, and it's also introducing a new Auto Awesome Movie movie-making feature which automatically edits together a short movie based on your clips and photos.
The new photo features include the ability to backup full-sized photos in the background for iOS (coming soon). Google+ can now recognize over a thousand different objects in images, so you can type in a search term to find what you're looking for. Auto Enhance automatically adjusts each image added to Google+, and you can now tone the adjustments up or down according to taste, and exempt albums entirely from enhancements.
The Snapseed app gets a new HDR Scape filter, which delivers faux-HDR-like effects with a single tap. Google is also adding Analog Efex Pro to the Nik Collection for US$149; Google bought the acclaimed photo company Nik Software in late 2012 and dropped the complete suite's of six photo-editing apps to US$149 down from US$500.
Three new techniques are being added to Auto Awesome: Action, Eraser and Movie. Action takes a series of images and composites them together to create a single strobe-effect photo, while Eraser takes a sequence of photos and erases whatever's moving in the picture to give you a cleaner photo without random people walking in the background.
The Auto Awesome Movie feature produces a short highlight video using your photos and videos, complete with stabilization, effects, transitions and a soundtrack, automatically. Check out the video below to see how it works.
Google says that all of the new features will be available later this week, while Auto Awesome Movie only works on certain devices with Android 4.3+.