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Old 09-05-16, 10:08 PM
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best free cloud photo storage website

I've stored the majority of my stuff on imgur, which is not very good, because it washes down the quality of my pictures. I don't use anything fancy, just a plain old point and shoot camera on my phone, and the images are typically 2-5 Mbs. is there a website that allows you to upload and download massive amounts of pictures for freE?
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Old 09-06-16, 12:04 AM
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flickr gives me 1tb of free space....more than enough for most peoples needs. I also have all my photo files safely on external hard drives too.
uploading speed of course is dependent on the speed of your internet
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Google Photos is among the easiest (Picasa was even better but Google dropped support this year). Folders can be set up to automatically upload any new photos to Google. Unlike some auto-upload systems, and even YouTube, Google doesn't command all the computer's resources while uploading so you can accomplish other tasks while auto-uploads are enabled.

The one drawback to Google Photos is they've made it more difficult to reliably attach photos to other websites, such as Bike Forums. With Picasa I got a standard URL with JPG file. With Google Plus I get a convoluted URL that doesn't point directly to a photo (even when copying the actual image address not the page on which the photo is stored). And Google Photos defaults to their .webp file format rather than JPEG. The combination results in frequent incompatibility problems. So I'll need to switch back to photobucket or other file host until Google sorts this out. But it's been a common complaint by users since 2013 and Google doesn't seem concerned enough to fix it.

Amazon Prime offers generous free photo storage, but it's not as convenient as Google Photos/Picasa for auto-uploads. Amazon Prime's free unlimited photo storage is pretty much an unorganized bin. After thousands of photos are uploaded there's no convenient way to search for particular photos by keywords, etc. And it's not reliable for attaching photos to web forums.

I haven't used Flickr for a couple of years. No idea whether it can auto-upload photos from designated folders. That's a big plus. But it does seem more reliable as a host for photos attached to web forums.

And there's still photobucket, although actually using photobucket is still an awful experience -- sluggish, cluttered, just a mess. Same as it's always been.
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Old 09-07-16, 12:11 PM
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I like flickr enough to pay for it. A number of years back we lost a hard drive, and I had to pay like $1000 to recover the only archive of all our family photos. To avoid that for the future, I got a paid membership to flickr.

But that was back when the free membership only let you access to your last 200 photos. If it's 1000GB free now, what am I paying for? (I have like only 10GB of pics maybe?)
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Just remember, nothing is free. I would no more rely on a cloud service 100%, just as I would not rely on my own local backup 100%.
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I only upload processed and finished photos to the internet. I use Dropbox. It's too easy with the app and a folder on your hard drive utilizing windows explorer to access the files or the website to access from any other computer. I have the app at home and on my 2 work computers (laptop and PC.)

All photos are saved and organized on the hard drive on my laptop. I am currently working on cleaning up the two hard drives from my old PC so I can use one for backup of all photos and processed/finished photos as well as the Lightroom database. The other I will backup less frequently and take to work to store off-site. I bought a USB hard drive enclosure for this purpose.
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Old 09-11-16, 12:52 AM
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If online archival storage is the primary concern, and you don't need frequent or spontaneous retrieval, paid Amazon Web Services Glacier and S3 are safe bets. AWS hosts storage for many other sites, corporations and government entities. But Glacier and S3 are for archiving, not casual use and photo sharing.

Most free cloud storage hosts I've tried over the years require frequent logins to retain the free account, or they'll delete the files and your account. The paid services have been less dependable than Amazon. I only use Dropbox and the like occasionally for one-time file sharing and don't depend on them for storage beyond a week or month.

The problem with Flickr, last time I used it, was the lack of any coherent upload method to qualify as a true backup service. I had a Flickr Pro account for years and it never got any better. It didn't improve after the Yahoo takeover and all members got free 1 TB photo hosting. Any automation in uploads needed to be done externally, via the browser or other utility. Flickr began as a social media site for sharing photos and mutual backrub societies, and it never graduated to anything more. It's okay for hosting photos to be shared online, but that's about all.

While I appreciate Amazon's free (and mostly unlimited) photo storage for Prime subscribers, the only advantage over Flickr, Photobucket, etc., is the more-or-less automated and reliable upload option. But it's disorganized compared with Flickr. No tags, keywords, metadata search, etc. Organizing photos is an afterthought, not integrated into the system. Amazon isn't intended for photo sharing.

Before discontinuing Picasa, Google storage via Picasa was easy, reliable, low bandwidth, and somewhat organized. Now, though, it's less intuitive with the pressure toward Google's poorly conceived G+ concept. Consequently the photo sharing advantage is gone and it's a mess now trying to figure out how to consistently share photos stored on Google to other websites or social media.
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I use my phone a lot to take snapshot photos. I set it to upload my photos on wifi to Google Photos (free unlimited storage for regular size photos, check the app settings) and I also have it set to automatically upload photos to my Flickr account (1TB free space).

The Google Photos also syncs them to a Googles Photos folder in my Google Drive files. Then in Drive I can put them in folders to file them however I want to. I have all my photos pretty organized now.
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