How to photograph photographs

The Photos app in Windows 10 gathers photos from your PC, phone, and other devices, and puts them in one place where you can more easily find what you’re looking for.

To get started, in the search box on the taskbar, type photos and then select the Photos app from the results. Or, press Open the Photos app in Windows.

Find photos fast

How to photograph photographs

Browse your collection by date, album, video projects, people, or folder. Or search to find a specific person, place, or thing. The app recognizes faces and objects in images and adds tags to help you find what you need without endless scrolling. For example, try searching for “beach,” “dog,” or “smile,” or select a face shown in the search pane to see all photos that person is in.

Upload photos automatically

One of the simplest ways to copy all your photos and videos to one place in the Photos app is to set up automatic upload to OneDrive from your mobile device.

Install the OneDrive app on your iOS or Android device. Next, turn on Camera Upload in the settings. The latest photos and videos that you take will automatically start uploading. Once uploaded, they’ll automatically appear in the Photos app on your PC.

Import photos and videos

You can import photos and videos you have stored on a camera’s SD card, a USB drive, or on another device.

Use a USB cable to connect your device to the PC.

In the search box on the taskbar, type photos and then select the Photos app from the results.

Select Import and follow the instructions to import from a folder or a USB device. The app automatically selects items you haven’t imported before, or you can choose what to import.

Note: If you’re using an Android phone and Import isn’t working, you might need to change your phone’s USB setting to allow it to transfer photos.

Help the app find more photos

The Photos app automatically displays the photos and videos in the Pictures folder on your PC and OneDrive. Here’s how to add more source folders to the Pictures folder.

In the search box on the taskbar, type photos and then select the Photos app from the results.

Select More … > Settings .

Under Sources, select Add a folder .

Choose a folder from your PC, an external drive, or a network drive connected to your PC, and then select Add this folder to Pictures to add it to the app. Subfolders of the folders that you add will be included, too.

Whether you’re the hands-on type or like improvements that work automagically, the Photos app in Windows 10 gives you all kinds of options for getting your photos and videos looking their best.

Edit a photo

With the Photos app, you can easily crop, rotate, add a filter, and automatically enhance your photos.

In the search box on the taskbar, enter photos. From the list, select Photos. Then select the photo you’d like to change.

Begin by selecting Edit & Create at the top of your screen.

Select Edit, and then select either Crop & rotate, Filters, or Adjustments.

Use these features to tweak light, color, clarity, and remove red eyes.

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Tip: To make minor changes or touch up blemishes, select Edit & Create > Edit > Adjustments. Then choose Red eye or Spot fix.

For more creative options, select Edit & Create, and then select Add 3D effects or Edit with Paint 3D.

Get creative with your photos and videos

Sometimes, there’s more to the story than what pictures and videos can convey on their own. Add a personal touch to your favorite moments by drawing on your photos and videos.

How to photograph photographs

To get started, open the photo or video you’d like to enhance.

Select Edit & Create from the top of your screen.

Select Draw and then, from the toolbar, select one of three drawing tools.

Select your chosen tool a second time to see options for color and size.

Go ahead and draw right on your image, and no worries if you mess up—you can always erase markings you don’t like with the Eraser tool. Or, clear your whole drawing by selecting Eraser at the top of the photo, then Erase all ink.

How to photograph photographs

For more creative options, select Edit & Create, and then select Add 3D effects or Edit with Paint 3D.

Share your creations

Once you’re happy with your drawing, share it! To share a still of your new image or an animated playback of your drawing, with your creation open, select Share .

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