Well I told you a couple of months ago that I would give you some additional information regarding online photo storage and there has been a little movement in the market as prices have come down a little bit and services have become easier to use and access. So let’s review my top five online digital photography storage sites.
First let’s review my criteria for selecting someplace to store your images online:
- Provides you with tools to upload multiple images off of your PC/Camera at one time
- Provides you with access to your images regardless of platform (PC/Phone/etc)
- Provides you with quality service around the clock
- Provides you the ability to have backups of your image collection
- The service does not automatically resize your images or provides you with tools to restore their original size
- The service gives you control over who looks at and downloads your images
With that in mind, here are my top 7 online image hosting services. These are in no particular order. I do this because I want you to go to each site and maybe look up one or two of your own and see which ones you will think can work best for your needs.
- Adobe Photoshop.com starts you with 2GB of storage for free but that’s not this site’s strength. Oh no…this site’s strength is in its editting
tools. These tools allow you to make basic image edits like remove red eye, crop the image, or make some basic changes. For $20/year, you
can buy 20GB of space. And you can expect to pay $1/GB for each increase above that.
- Flickr’s free account provides you with a monthly upload/download limit which has changed and continues to change. For $25/year you get
unlimited photo and video storage.
- Smugmug is service geared at semi-professional and professional photographers. For $40/$60/$150 a year you can have more control over the
site that presents your images. All plans have unlimited storage and allow you universal access to your images. The high end plan gives you
complete control over the page that displays your images plus the way you sell your photographs.
- Photobucket is an Internet staple. Free accounts get 500 MB of online storage and you are allowed up to 10GB of downloadable bandwidth per
month. There is a 1MB size limit per photo so if you use a Canon Mark V with the 77MB raw files, this is not going to be the solution for
you. However for $25 a year, those limitations are removed and you get to post images up to 4000×3000 plus access to their technical support
- Webshots by American Greetings, is a service that comes with the ability to use your images or the predefined images of other photographers
into your projects. What this means is that there is also a likelihood for others to have access to your images for things like calendars, coffee
mugs, and the like. They give you a 1000 image limit and then boost that with 100 extra images for every month that you remain a member of
their free plan. For $20/year, those restrictions are limited but this offering is among the least favorable ones for photographers looking to post
the thousands of images they generate a year.
Now there are some prominent sites that I left out. I left them out for a reason. Either I am not a fan of their policies or I do not like the software they ask the user to use for their site. However everyone is different and I urge you to research these other sites as well.
If you have any additional questions, just ask.