SmugMug adds raw storage service with file management & AI-powered search

Jul 13, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

SmugMug adds raw storage service with file management & AI-powered search

Jul 13, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Popular photo hosting service, SmugMug, has just launched a new feature that photographers have wanted for a long time. SmugMug Source is a new add-on service for your regular SmugMug subscription that lets you upload and manage your raw files with integration into its desktop and mobile apps, as well as Lightroom.

The new feature lets you backup and manage your raw files online with AI-driven search tools while providing you to access your raw files from anywhere at any time. Unlike many other cloud backup services for photos – even ones that support raw files. There’s no cap on your account and you only pay for the data you use, so those with smaller needs pay less!

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SmugMug says that the new service is “built with photographers in mind”, offering complete previews of your raw files rather than the typical simple icon of many competing services, and advanced AI-powered search tools to help you find and organise your raw files more easily. They also say that it supports raw file types from every major camera manufacturer.

And to further help you find your files more easily no matter where you might be, the service is accessible through SmugMug’s apps for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android as well as the SmugMug web interface. It’s even compatible with Adobe Lightroom.

The SmugMug Source service is an add-on to your existing SmugMug subscription which start at $8/mo. To add the SmugMug Source add-on into your package, you’re paying an extra $3/mo if you use up to 512GB or u$5/mo if you use between 512GB and 1TB. Each additional 1TB required is an additional $5/mo.

You can find out more about the new service on the SmugMug website.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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One response to “SmugMug adds raw storage service with file management & AI-powered search”

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    Ghislain Côté

    Hi. Asking honestly here. I pay about 10$/month for Adobe Lightroom (not classic) + 1 TB of backup. I can use it on multiple computers, in offline mode, on mobile apps or the web. I don’t know anything about SmugMug… Why would I want this ? It’s mainly for sharing? Or printing ? What an I missing ?

    Or is it mainly for people not using Adobe ?