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Back up your im­ages se­curely and ac­cess your files any­where

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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.

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