Cloud Storage for Photographers

Copy-300x300Cloud storage has become extremely popular over the past few years. As a photographer, I want to be 100% sure that all of my images are backed up. I tend to use the 3-2-1 backup plan which is:

– 3 different backups
– 2 different types of media (Hard drive, CD, cloud etc…)
– 1 off site location (In case of fire, flooding)

For offsite backup, I have researched and tried many cloud storage providers and have come up with only one answer: copy.com

Copy is owned and run by Barracuda networks. For anyone who is unfamiliar with Barracuda, they are the kings of security!

When you install copy, it creates a folder on your hard drive that is your live upload folder. Anything placed in this folder will be synced to the cloud.

Copy is extremely awesome when used with lightroom! I have moved all of my lightroom catalogues into the copy folder. This allows you to work in the same lightroom catalogue on any computer.

If you don’t want to move your entire photo directory and lightroom catalogue to the copy folder, you can create a symlink or shortcut to your image folder by simply:

Create a shortcut from your “My Pictures” folder and drop the shortcut in to your “Copy” folder.

On linux and Mac, open the terminal and type:
ln -s /path/to/Copy ~/path/to/image/folder

This will allow your images folder to be uploaded without moving it to the Copy folder.

Some of the benefits of copy are:

  • You can preview raw files in the browser
  • You can preview .psd, .ai and .eps files in the browser
  • You get a whopping 15 gigs of storage out of the gate (20 gig if you use this link: https://copy.com?r=sDVSVX)
  • Extremely fast syncing! I uploaded a 100 MB file in about 4 minutes.
  • Sharing is extremely flexible. You can share folders publicly or privately and remove sharing at any time.
  • Currently you get 5 gig’s extra for every referral through your personal referral link.
  • They have an app for that!! Available on Android, IOS and Windows phone.
  • There is Windows, Mac and Linux versions of the desktop app.

Overall there have been no disappointments with the service and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to store files in the cloud.

Posted on October 11, 2013 in Blog

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I am a freelance photographer and web designer / graphic designer with a flair for creativity and a passion for anything digital. I love to learn about new and emerging technologies. I currently reside in cambridge, ontario with my beautiful wife and 2 (mostly well behaved) children.

Responses (2)

  1. Andy Bryant
    October 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm · Reply

    Hi Tim,

    Ok – so you got me to try copy (and you got the referral!)… What do you think it gives us over dropbox, bitcasa, skydrive, etc? I use these services for my general files; but not for photography.
    https://db.tt/6I5ABRNj (my referral link)
    http://l.bitcasa.com/0DY1-2wM (my referral link)

    I personally use a local RAID for active work, then back off to a Drobo and Crashplan cloud for my photography storage and backup. Crashplan is good because it takes care of local backup AND cloud backup
    http://www.crashplan.com/ff20 (20% off link – no benefit to me)

    Andy.

    • Tim Piche
      October 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm · Reply

      It gives a great amount of free storage to start and 5 gig per referral. If you purchase a paid plan it adds it to your existing free storage. It also allows for fine grained sharing and awesome upload speeds. I also like the fact that I can preview raw files, not all services offer that.

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