Which Cloud Service Stores Your Photos?

I use Flickr, Google Photos and Amazon Prime Photos. The first question that may come to your mind is the following: –  Why do you need all three? The short answer is – you don’t.  So here is the back story.

I joined Flickr in 2003. The cost is $24 a year for 1 TB (over 1/2 million photos) The main reason that I still use Flickr is the social connection to their worldwide photographers.  You can use Flickr for free with limited storage and advertisements.

Amazon Prime Photos comes free with your annual Prime Membership ($119 per year). Like Flickr each photo is automatically saved to The Cloud and you can conveniently check your photos using a smartphone app.

Google Photos is totally free and has unlimited storage. The free version does not keep you original resolution. So be careful if you erase the original. The cloud storage looses some resolution.

Which one is the best?

Each of the services has their pluses and minuses. If I had to choose one it would be Google Photos for the following reasons:

  • Free
  • Super simple to use
  • Best photo editor
  • Automatically puts tags based on the GPs
  • integrates with the Google platform of applications
  • Did I mention free unlimited storage.

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Favorite Flickr Fotos April 2018

Flickr.com is my Goto application for storage and community. I have been a member for 14 years and have made friends around the world. I believe the power of Flickr is the community.  Below is a 1 minute video of some of my photos but more importantly it reflects the choices of my flickr friends.

 

Best 2017 Photos

I take about 1500 photos a year so it’s hard to pick a favorite. Here are my five. What is your favorite?

 

 

Photos – Backup

This is a popular topic for CTL subscribers since the majority of photos are now taken with a smartphone. Most smartphone have 16-32gb of storage and you can easily fill up most of that storage if you are regularly snapping photos. I use 3 redundant services.

  • Google Photos -High quality unlimited storage – free –  When Android 7 is released – unlimited storage
  • Amazon Photos – orignial quality – unlimited storage  $99 per year with other services
  • Flickr $24 per year for the pro version.

The real question is which service to you feel most comfortable. Google Photos is my first choice since it has the easiest photo editing element.  Good article below.

The best way to back up your Android Photos

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You have 10 seconds to find a photo of your dog on a beach in 2008

Can you do it? If you have your Smartphone and your Flickr app than you probably can accomplish that request.  I average about 200 photos shot on my smartphone a month. Now that I have no limits on storage I sometimes edit a photo and keep 5 versions of that photo.

Google will soon announce that you will have unlimited free storage ( in your original format ) for all your photos and videos. Amazon Prime Photo already offers unlimited storage for your photos.

I’m old enough to remember shooting photos on a film camera. Storing the prints in a shoebox and then never able to retrieve a photo that was more than 3 years old.

Run, don’t walk and get one of the 3 unlimited photo storage program/apps.

  • Flickr – 1 tb (500,000 photos) free
  • Google Photos – unlimited storage free
  • Amazon Prime Photos – unlimited storage ( $99 per year but includes other valuable services)

Oregon Flowers 2001

Oregon Flowers 2007

Cockatoo 2003

Cockatoo 2003

Sherwood Oregon 2006

sherwood fall 206

Olivia at Rockaway Beach 2004

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