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Cloud storage options for photographers compared
With a whole year’s worth of images – or perhaps more – filling up your computer and hard drives, the start of a new year is the perfect time to start thinking about long-term storage, so you can free up your drives for another year’s worth of shooting. For a few years now cloud storage has been touted as the ultimate solution for storing and backing up photos. The concept is simple – it’s basically a hard drive in the sky. This is great for two reasons: firstly, you can access your files from anywhere, at any time, on any compatible device; and secondly, if you lose your computer or break a hard drive, your files will be safely stored remotely.
There are of course concerns about cloud storage. Security seems to be the main one, but the security used by cloud storage providers will generally be far better than you can expect to have at home.
Other major worries are speed and RAW-file support. Obviously with images stored on your home computer, you can quickly browse and open them. Upload them to a cloud server and you’ll have to spend time connecting before you can view your shots, and downloading and uploading full resolution photos will only be as fast as your internet connection. Finally, not all cloud services provide up-to-date support for the latest RAW files.