In an effort to populate a few of my albums across the vast interwebs, I found Google+ didn’t play as nicely with Lightroom as did Facebook or Flickr (or perhaps it’s Lightroom who is being the obstinate child). I believe this has improved with the latest versions, but until I’m selling my amazing photography in a prestigious gallery for six digits, I’ll have to content myself with a slightly outdated version.
As such, unless you want to pay for an official plugin (with two ratings and three stars) or a custom-developed one, your options are limited. Fortunately, I discovered Google+ now has an auto-uploader. While this is still a roundabout way of achieving photos published on your Google+ account, this is free and relatively straightforward.
Please note I’m working on a MacBook running Mavericks, and I use Chrome and Lightroom 4.
- Install Google’s auto updater, following the screen prompts
- Start the updater (called Google Photos Backup) and sign into your Google+ account, choosing your appropriate account or page (I set this up with my business page; it isn’t limited to just a personal profile)
- On the preferences screen, select “add” to add your own specific source directory
- Add the directory from which you’d like to upload pictures. You can call this anything you’d like. I have a single central directory for my Google+ uploads
- Select this directory, deselecting the other options and select “Start backup” if you already have pictures in your designated directory
Adding a new album from Lightroom
- Create a new Publish Service via Hard Drive. You can call it whatever you like; I call mine simply Google+
- Set the export location to the directory you created in step 4 above. I also limit the size of my files to 4MB (as I have limited space on Google+) and add a watermark
- Create a published folder as you normally would, adding your photos
- Publish! The Google uploader will detect the new photos in your directory (provided you have it running) and automatically upload your pictures to your Google+ page. Uploads default to unshared, so you needn’t worry about posting before you’re ready
- Wait for the upload to complete
- Navigate to your photos on Google+ (using the lefthand sidebar) and choose “Recently added” from the top tabs
- You can then share individual photos or move on to create and share a full album
Create and share an album
- Select your uploaded pictures (using the checkmark in the upper left of one of the photos)
- Shift + click to select multiple photos at once
- Click “Share.” You can create an album here on-the-fly and share in one step! Alternatively, you can select “Organize” to reorder photos and choose the album cover.
Viola! You now have your photos on Google+. If anyone has other, non-paid plugin options that work for you, I’d love to hear about them!