Last year, Adobe announced a new photo editor called Nimbus, which is basically like Lightroom but stored on a cloud. The beta version was planned for this year, but Adobe accidentally leaked it to their creative cloud users before the actual release. The guys from French website MacG downloaded it and shared some details of the new Adobe app that’s yet to be announced.
“Welcome to Unlimited Storage”. That’s what Amazon said only two years ago when it introduced the unlimited storage package. For a mere $59.99 a year, you could store as much as you want on Amazon’s “cloud”. And it was less than 10 months ago when the service was expanded to the UK. Now, though, that’s all about to change, and if you’re a user of Amazon’s Cloud Drive service, you’ll want to know.
Amazon are doing away with the unlimited package completely. The previous Unlimited Photos plan has been dropped to 100GB for $11.99 a year. This will probably be fine for most consumers just looking to back up their mobile photos and a few holiday snaps. The Unlimited Everything plan, though, is limited to a measly 1TB. And each extra terabyte costs a further $60 a year on top, to a maximum of 30TB.
It’s no secret to most people who know me that I’m not a huge fan of online cloud backup services. But I know many of my fellow UK photographers are. Amazon’s unlimited cloud storage launched in the USA in the middle of 2015. Now, Amazon have introduced the service to the UK, with prices starting at only £55/yr (£4.50/mo).
Even as somebody who doesn’t like cloud storage, that’s a hell of a deal. £55/yr to store everything. DropBox and Google Drive cost £6/mo for a mere 1TB of space. Dropbox does offer a small discount if you pay a year up front, though.
My biggest problem with “the cloud” has always been that many cloud services seem to pop up overnight from nowhere. This means that they can also disappear just as quickly. This was the case with Picturelife, an image hosting service which was bought out by Streamnation last year.
After 18 months of new ownership, Picturelife has shut its doors. Normally, this means that those hosted files would disappear forever. At least for those who hadn’t downloaded their images first. This time, however, SmugMug have stepped in to keep those images available.
When the clouds evaporate and your DVD, Blu-Ray and hard drive backups are no longer readable, what are you going to do about accessing your data?
Valuable personal images might be gone forever (of course, that’s also a good argument for printing your photos), or perhaps you shoot for a living, and keep a permanent archive of all your work.
It’s a lot of hard work to maintain reliable digital backups and to keep shifting all your data from one storage medium to the next generation every few years – especially when some hard drives might not be as reliable as we were led to believe, and cloud services have the potential to accidentally delete data at will.
Scientists at the University of Southampton seem to have found a potential answer for the issue of long term storage, in the form of small glass discs.
The cloud has gained popularity in recent years, and is often recommended as a way to store and backup your photos, but what do you do when the service kicks the bucket?
That’s exactly what millions of users are about to find out, with Copy dropping the bomb and announcing it will be shutting down on May 1, 2016.
Amazon announced a couple of new Cloud Drive storage plans yesterday, with one of them offering unlimited storage space for photos priced at just $12 a year.
Considering that other cloud services charge up to eight times more for just 1TB, Amazon’s plan seems like it could become a hit among photographers.
Amazon seems set to beat competitors such as Dropbox, Google and Microsoft as it announced two new unlimited cloud storage plans earlier today.
While the first plan is aimed at photography fans, the second plan is unlimited not only by space but by media type as well.
Both plans can be tried for free for three months.
If you’ve ever lost an entire catalog of images to hard drive failure, you probably know how important it is to properly and securely back up your data. If you haven’t run into such a speed bump just yet, congratulations, but just because it hasn’t been an issue in the past, doesn’t mean you’re not prone to a hard drive failure in the future. Losing your images can be devastating, especially if you shoot a lot of paid work. Thankfully, a little forethought and planning can help prevent such a catastrophe.
In the video below, Matt Granger talks about a few options photographers have when it comes to photo storage and backing up image files. Very important stuff! Here’s a quick list of 4 ways Granger backs up his data, then be sure to watch the video as he explains the process he uses both at home and when shooting on location.[Read More…]
With how much of a push companies are making these days toward cloud-based storage, is it really a wonder that phones are still being sold with an infuriatingly small 16 gigabytes of space? When it comes to the actual cloud storage itself, we have to worry about the payments those storage services ask for as well; missing one could inevitably mean that we’d lose what we’d have stored for good. It’s a business model that I’m starting not to like, and I feel like it’s a poor way to ensure the safety of our backed up pictures.
StreamNation is a cloud-based service that’s deciding to do things a little differently; they’ve recently released Shutter, a camera app on iOS that promises us unlimited cloud storage for pictures absolutely free of charge. The app itself is simple: another point-and-shoot interface, but with a different method of storage.