Is Cloud Storage Right for Your Photography Business?

October 17, 2018 Off By Hoofer
Photography has come on in leaps and bounds since the early days of black and white photos that were recorded on plate. Celluloid film came next, followed by color film and today we have digital files. A number of new tools and gadgets are now being introduced, such as drones, and the developments in photography software mean you can tweak your images for that perfect shot. Cloud storage is another development worth considering. Traditional forms of storage can be unreliable in the long term. They can become damaged, get scratched and become unusable. Before looking at the benefits, perhaps it’s pertinent to explain what it is.  

What is Cloud Storage?

Cloud storage is a service where data is remotely maintained, managed and backed up. Users of the service are able to store files online. These files can then be accessed from anywhere in the world as long as there is an internet connection.  

Here are some ways you can take advantage of what cloud storage has to offer.

As Photo Back-Up

The digital age has brought some amazing developments in the world of photography. However, it has also brought its own unique problems. Computer viruses, hackers and crashing hard drives are just a few examples. For the serious or professional photographer, being faced with the complete loss of all your photos can be devastating. Storing the images on external hard drives or on DVDs is pretty much-outdated practice nowadays, and the cloud is set to take over. A number of back-up tools have been designed with the preservation of photos in mind, and there are many that offer such a service at a fairly low cost. 

As a Sharing Tool

If you’re a professional photographer, you’re not just taking photos for your own amusement. You are going to want to share them with others. Social media sites are great for sharing photos, but for the professional, there are online photographic communities that operate in the cloud, such as Flickr or 500px. It can also be used when you want to share images with your clients. Create an album using cloud storage and provide them with the link.

Is the Future for Photography in the Cloud?

When you’ve mastered how to fly your drone without crashing, keeping all those breathtaking images secure is vital. You’re not going to be able to fly over a location and capture exactly the same shot very easily, so you want to be certain your image is safe. The future for photography is most definitely in the cloud. You can already upload photos directly to your computer, so it’s only a natural progression for the storage to be in the cloud.

There are a few downsides to using cloud storage although these are more than canceled out by the advantages. Everybody seems to be talking about the cloud, and it is being marketed as technology that will shape the future. The technology behind the cloud is very complex, but using it is easy. This type of service is gaining in popularity very quickly, and further improvements and developments are on the cards.