Cloud Storage for digital media handling

Over the course of the past several years, the link between technology and photography has expanded enormously. What began with the wide-spread of digital photography to amateur enthusiasts everywhere has become an endless virtual network or photo uploads, digital editing techniques, and massive online photo albums and collections. But this, of course, isn’t news to anybody – but what is still new to many photographers, but amateur and professional, is some of the advanced methods for sharing and storing photos electronically.

How it works now

Of course, we’ve always had basic solutions for these needs that arise from media workflow – we can share photos at the click of a button via email, or even iMessage or some other form of mobile sharing, and we can store thousands upon thousands of photos in desktop albums, on social networking platforms, and on mobile devices. But for photographers dealing with particularly high volume, or with running photography-based businesses, the need for a more precise, capable, and secure centralized service has been prevalent for some time.


The next step

This is where, for some photographers like myself, Sharefile comes into play. Or really, it’s where the greater concept of cloud computing becomes a factor. Simply put, with access to a cloud computing provider, a photographer will have a secure online set of folders to store work in, which offers the following significant benefits:

  • Secure storage that doesn’t rely on your devices. In other words, your photos will be backed up automatically online, even if your phones, tablets, or computers are compromised.
  • Remote access at all times. The ability to access your cloud folders from anywhere with Internet connection is very valuable for a busy photographer. Whether you’re uploading from a phone, or even directly from a digital camera, this saves time and adds convenience.
  • Collaboration and sharing. Naturally, when you have a cloud folder full of your work, you can grant access to that cloud to a partner, employee, or even customer for purposes of collaborative editing or simple sharing.

Why this one

I made my specific choice among cloud providers because they also offer secure file sharing at a high volume, which can be handy in transferring high-resolution photos (or large collections for that matter) to clients or associates. But the basic concept can apply to photographers at any level: the ability to store and share photos entirely online is an enormous step in convenience and organization for modern photographers. Whether you simply value your collections and want them backed up on something more secure than Facebook, or you’re running a business that requires you to store and transfer digital media, cloud computing is worth looking into. This is a  guest post written by Philip Carson. Philip is a freelance writer and photographer with a particular aptitude for editing. His primary photo subjects include public gardens, water fowl, and sporting events. Share with email

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