As we continue into the double digits of the 2000’s, we can’t deny the ongoing transition to digital media storage. Even though it personally worries me to live in a completely digital world (i.e. not having access to physical storage of files or a backup in case the internet/network/technology fails) I realize it still has its benefits. Here are a few types of cloud storage that you can use with your photography. Most have a baseline tier that is free, but if you think you will need a great deal of space, you will have to purchase a plan that has a bigger storage capacity.
The first option many people think of when they hear “the cloud” is probably one of these sites. From Dropbox to OneDrive, there are many different options to choose from.
This is specific to Apple devices, and is great if you find yourself working between your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac consistently.
If you already have Gmail and use sheets, docs, or their other Apps, this is a good option that is readily available to use.
Your personal website
There is a limit to maximum file size, but your favorite images should definitely be uploaded to your media. Even if you don’t want to share them right away, you’ll have them already saved for later use.
Another place people might not think of using is simply storing images within your email. I don’t recommend doing this with extremely large files or a big quantity, but for a select few that you know you’ll need to post later, this is easily accessible as well.
Storing images in the cloud will give you the flexibility to access them no matter which device you’re on. Digital is also the fastest way to share images with clients. Even though the cloud has these advantages, I would still recommend backing up your photographs on external hard drives. I’m going to continue to do so until the option is 100% no longer available. In the meantime, why not be extra cautious and do so as well?
May the light be with you.