Google shoots for simplifying photography

The company just announced new photo features for the Google+ social network

By , IDG News Service |  Internet

Users can also search for photos in their friends' libraries, as long as they already have the rights to see those pictures, Gundotra said.

In auto enhance, new features give users more control, like choosing between "high" and "low" settings to get more of a vignette effect in photos.

A new filter has also been built into Snapseed, Google's photo editing software for the desktop, iOS and Android devices. That filter, HDR Scape, mimics the multiple exposure effect on more expensive cameras, to give users an optimally exposed image with more detail and contrast.

There is also a new tool for Google's more advanced Nik Collection editing software, to give a more vintage feel to photos, and new tools in Google+ for automatically editing users' videos.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

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