Best place to store your Photos
As many know there are numerous ways to store your photos. The best place to store your photos is an individual preference. You have Clouds, Picture sites and External Hard Drives (EXHDD), but which is right for you? Simply put wherever you think is the best place to store your precious images! There are pros and cons with any option, so it’s up to you. For me, I use EXHDDs and I’ll explain in this article how I store my precious images, along with the procedure I use.
Personally I cannot bring myself to use a Cloud service for two reasons: cost and no assurance nothing will ever happen to them. Yes they could have multiple backups to protect my images, but what if the company just disappears some day? What then? I don’t know about you, but I prefer to have complete control over my images and don’t want to entrust what is very important to me to anyone else.
Then there’s places like Flickr, Ipernity and the like. Not to mention order fulfillment sites like Smugmug. Of course with order fulfillment sites one has to put up high resolution, large files for an image to be printed, but to rely on them to keep your images safe just doesn’t make sense to me. Same with picture sites and again, you have no control over what happens to your images.
In a previous article, Watermarks on Art, I covered how to put up small, low resolution files online and why I choose to do that. Not only to help protect my work from unauthorized use, but to keep my websites running fast. Huge files can slow a site’s loading time way down. When I visit a photographers or artists website, all the flash and large files may look snazzy, but when it takes more than a few milliseconds for a page to load, I’m gone. Especially when I have load speeds of 30Mbps with my internet provider. No page should take any time to load.
Of course slowness can be caused by who they host their site with or settings on their site account. Albeit the fact remains, not everyone has fast internet speeds and large files, along with flash, can make it miserable for one to view. So I opt to keep things simple to ensure a more enjoyable experience for anyone viewing my sites.