Erika Thornes explains how cloud storage costs money if you want to store a large amount of full resolution images. Paying for cloud storage gives you more space. Paying for cloud storage provides. With Free cloud storage solutions offer limited storage. When you pay for cloud services you get more storage. You have no compression of your files when you pay for storage. cloud storage can be automatic.
- [Voiceover] Should I pay for Cloud Storage? Free services are available, but they may have some drawbacks. Some may offer a limited amount of storage for free. Others may have a clunky interface that's difficult to use. If you are offered unlimited photos, it might come at a price of lower resolution. And, they are always changing terms, so you need to be aware of that. There are paid services. They often offer more storage, no compression of your files, it's often automatic with an uploader, but it can be slow for large sets of data.
There are free services that are pretty decent. Google Photos is one of those. It offers free, unlimited, JPEG storage. However, it does come at a price, it compresses your files, not that badly, they will downsize images to 15 megapixels, and their compression algorithm makes the photos look very close to perfect. You should check out some reviews, it's not too bad. It is really easy to use, and it has a desktop uploader.
An old favorite's been Flickr. Flickr offers one terabyte of free storage. There's no compression on your original photos, but the uploading is a little slow, and the company's in transition right now. It's still a good choice, so it's definitely worth checking out. iCloud, that's a popular favorite. Five gigs free, you know, that's only a taste of what you'll need. However, you can get more with monthly fees. It's super convenient if you're an Apple user.
But, should I really pay? Yes, if you wanna back-up all your images, it's a pretty good idea. And yes, if you want no compression, if you want those original files saved as you put them up there, a paid service is the way to go. And, if you want security, they will give you your own personal encryption key, and you would have your files encrypted before they even go up onto the web. But there are alternatives if you're still wary about the cloud. You can maintain your own offsite storage. A friend of mine drives his hard drive to the bank vault every week and changes it out.
So, his back-ups are only ever a week old, and he doesn't have anything on the cloud, nor does he have to worry about upload times. What to consider if you're gonna go for cloud storage. Do they offer a jump start or a seeding? That means, will they mail a hard drive to you, or do you mail your hard drive to them, to start this whole process out? Because it can take two or three months to get all of your files uploaded. Do they back-up your deleted files? Let's say you accidentally trashed a file that you needed to save, and it's been two or three months? Some services will keep and maintain a database of all of your old files just in case this happens.
Do they keep your file structure? Not all companies do. Sometimes if you have to re-download your images, they'll put them all into one directory, and you have to re-sort those. Do they back-up your external drives? Some companies will only do the drives that are inside your computer, not your back-ups. That's something to keep in mind. And, one of the most important things is does it have an easy interface that you're comfortable using? These are all factors when selecting for a paid service to upload your photos to. There are lots of different paid services, and all of them have different features.
So, it's best to do a little bit of research and figure out what fits your needs best. You know, cloud storage, it really is a great back-up to your back-up.
Backup is important, but it's not enough. Using keywords and other organizational features is also important—but also not enough. A complete, long-term photo archiving strategy involves multiple techniques: identifying those shots you want to preserve for generations, and then taking the steps necessary to make that happen. In this course, photographer and family historian Erika Thornes outlines a roadmap for storing, sharing, and archiving your family's story through pictures. From culling and keywording, to backing up and producing archival prints and photo books, Erika details the steps that will make your collection of digital images accessible now and in the future.
- Getting organizing
- Culling the best images
- Saving two local copies of each photo
- Storing photos on the cloud
- Posting photos to social media
- Printing photos
- Accessing archived images easily