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The Best Cloud Storage for Photographers

Spectr News Theme Isny Dewi R.
07, November 2019

In the digital era, online cloud storage is a natural progression of how we save our images. Some photographers reject the idea of keeping their images in the cloud, but others welcome the ability to access their work anywhere with an internet connection.

Traditionally, you would transfer your photos from your camera to your computer. The files would exist on your hard drive, and there they would stay. You might have a backup hard drive to keep a copy of your work, but everything was stored locally and offline.

Storing your images online isn’t too dissimilar to traditional way, but instead of keeping them on your own hard drive, you upload them to a huge online server or cloud. A company such as Dropbox own this online servers and offer you a certain amount of space to store your work.

There’s also a company like Google offers 15 GB for free, but if you’re a heavy user, you can pay a monthly or yearly fee for more storage. For example, you can purchase 100 GB of storage with Google Drive for Rp 27.000 per month. Affordable enough, right?

As affordable as that sounds, the big difference between cloud storage and using your own hard drive is that you have to pay a subscription price indefinitely to keep your images in the cloud, whereas a hard drive is a one-time expense. However, if you are interested, there are plenty of options for keeping your images safe and secure. Here are the best cloud storage services for photographers.

1. Photoshelter
Photoshelter is more than a cloud storage service. It’s a professional website builder that allows you to create a content site for your portfolio. Its plans include design templates, a store builder for which you can sell your work, a custom domain, and cloud storage.

Because it offers an all-in-one service, Photoshelter is a popular choice amongst the enthusiastic amateur and professional photographer. However, because it provides multiple services, plans cost a little more than the competition. The basic Rp 195 thousand package comes with just 4 GB of storage. For 100 GB plan, you have to hand over Rp 420 thousand per month, but of course, you get the other.

2. Microsoft OneDrive
Like Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive is clear and easy to use. Granted, the user interface is rather unattractive, but when it comes to keeping files safe, it gets the job done. You get 5 GB of free storage just for signing up. Paid plans start at Rp 27 thousand per month for 100 GB of storage, but with these basic packages, you’re losing out on some core features.

Options such as expiring share links, ransomware detection and recovery, files restore, and password-protected share links are all reserved for the premium packages. For the more expensive plans, you’ll get 1 TB for Rp 97 thousand per month or 6 TB for Rp 130 thousand per month.

3. pCloud
pCloud saves five copies of your files on their server. So, in the rare chance that one file become corrupt, you will have four other versions of it to ensure you don’t lose it forever. Adobe Lightroom users can use the pCloud plugin and save their edits directly to the cloud server. pCloud is also capable of previewing most RAW files, so you don’t need to convert them to view your images when using the web or app version.

pCloud has two types of subscription options, annual and lifetime. For Rp 55 thousand per month, you get 500 GB. For just Rp 111 thousand, you get 2 TB of storage. For lifetime access to 2TB storage plans, customers have to pay a one-time fee of Rp 7 million.

4. Adobe Creative Cloud
When Adobe introduced a redesigned version of Lightroom, it also ushered in a new era of cloud-based workflows for photographers. Starting at Rp 139 thousand per month, the Creative Cloud Photography Plan offers access to Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC, and 20 GB of cloud storage.

Additional storage can be added at a rate of Rp 139 thousand per month per terabyte. The storage isn’t the cheapest out there, but you have to remember you’re also getting access to industry-leading creative applications as part of that cost, including Lightroom CC for mobile and numerous other Adobe mobile apps.

The Creative Cloud is unique in that it designed specifically with photographers in mind and allows for all manner of filetypes, from JPEGs to TIFFs to RAWs, to be automatically synced and accessed from virtually any device, be it a Mac or PC, tablet, or phone.

This integrated support for RAW images is what makes the Creative Cloud so appealing to photographers. You can import a RAW photo on your desktop at home, then edit that same RAW file later on your phone while you on the outside. You can even work with your RAW images on, say, a work computer that doesn’t have any Adobe apps installed by accessing your Creative Cloud account through a web browser.

The one potential downside of the Creative Cloud is that you need to be embedded in Adobe’s ecosystem to get the most out of it. If you only love Lightroom for organizing your photos, then this service isn’t the best choice. If you enjoy all Adobe’s apps, however, you should choose this.

5. Google Drive
This one certainly can't be left behind. Google Drive is a fast, easy to use, well-designed cloud storage service. Google offers 15GB of free storage, all you need to do is set up an account. It’s simple to organize your folders, and you can color coordinate them if you like to make things a little fancier.

Drive also makes it easy to share your files. You can e-mail a folder directly to someone else or share the direct link with them. You have the option of selecting view, edit, and comment depending on how much control you want to give the recipient over your folder or images.

Paid monthly subscriptions start at Rp 27 thousand for 100 GB, Rp 41 thousand for 200 GB, and Rp 139 thousand for 1 TB. Larger companies can expand storage up to 30TB for a monthly fee of around Rp 4 million.

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Isny Dewi R.
Isny Dewi R.