Head in the cloud

Amateur Photographer - - Your Letters -

Your ar­ti­cle in AP 23 June about cloud stor­age is a use­ful sum­mary of the costs of the main providers. How­ever, con­sid­er­a­tion of the time it will take to send your pre­cious files to the cloud and their sub­se­quent se­cu­rity is also im­por­tant.

I also au­to­mat­i­cally (via batch pro­cesses) send to two cloud providers ev­ery day, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween them. Few AP read­ers can af­ford the costs of a fast up­load ser­vice (leased line) as these start at about £150 per month and with lots of cam­era pix­els you’ll get large files be­ing pro­duced. I only send up my raw files – these are about 30 megabytes each – and it takes about six to eight min­utes to send each one. A full day’s shoot­ing means you may have an aw­ful lot of them.

If you read some providers’ T&Cs you are never sure whether they re­serve the right to use your pho­tos as they think fit (es­pe­cially true if they are not charg­ing for the stor­age for pho­to­graphs). My so­lu­tion is to en­crypt each file be­fore up­load­ing so that no one can see the con­tents.

Fi­nally, al­ways keep your own copies of ev­ery­thing you send, in case your cloud provider gets sold, goes bust, drops free host­ing or you stop pay­ing them. Lee Ga­lyer

Lee, this is great ad­vice. We try to cover most of the bases in our fea­tures, but space is lim­ited, so this is use­ful ex­tra in­for­ma­tion, and a great Let­ter of the Week – Nigel Ather­ton, editor

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