One of the great challenges facing photographers is in storing our thousands and thousands of photos. Storing them on our computer not only requires huge and costly hard drive capacity, but can also present a risk if they’re not also backed up offsite.
Amazon Prime Photos
Last month, Amazon launched Prime Photos, a new unlimited photo storage service available to Amazon Prime subscribers. Now included at no extra cost to the $99/year cost of Amazon Prime, this added benefit allows members to upload as many photos as they want from PCs and mobile devices.
Utilizing Amazon Cloud Drive, members can safely and securely store all of their photos. File types include not only .JPG, but also TIFF, PNG, and most major RAW formats such as Canon’s .CR2 and Nikon’s .NEF.
One note to be aware of: Guidelines indicate that Prime Photos is for personal, non-commercial use only. It is not intended to be used to drive a professional photography business or other commercial service.
Cloud Based Storage
Cloud-based storage is becoming a more and more viable, if not necessary, option for securing and sharing all of our data, including our massive image files, and there are several players in this area including Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and Mozy. Many of these storage solutions have excellent online tools and resources, but come with limited capacity which large photo files can eat up quickly, driving monthly rates up significantly.
With unlimited storage, Prime Photos is hard to beat. At $99/year, even if that’s all you were getting it would be a great deal. Then add to that all the other benefits included with an Amazon Prime membership, such as free 2-day shipping, Prime Instant Video, Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, and more, this is definitely something worth checking out.
If you’re not already an Amazon Prime subscriber but want to check it out, click below for a 30-day free trial.