When it comes to photography, one of the most important part of our workflow is backing up our images. Luckily, large capacity hard drive prices have plummeted in the last several years, making it easy to store terabytes worth of images for a few hundred dollars.[REWIND: MEMORY CARD BACKUP TIPS FOR SURVIVING ANY APOCALYPSE]
Online or cloud storage is also a great way to back up your images, and it allows you to share and collaborate with your team and clients. Additionally, if something were to happen to your physical drive (lost, damaged, stolen, etc.) or you happen to not have your drive with you, you can still view and download your images or RAW files from online. Many services even allow you to sync your files as you work on them locally.
The popular options right now include Dropbox, Microsoft’s One Drive (formerly Sky Drive), Copy, and Google Drive. Dropbox seems to be the most popular choice among the photographers and creatives that I’ve worked with, but there is now a very, very good reason why I think Google Drive will trump Dropbox and the other competitors.
One Terabyte Cloud Storage for $9.99/Mo
Effective today, you can sign up for a massive 1 terabyte (TB) of space with Google Drive for only $9.99/mo. This is pretty amazing considering that Dropbox charges $49.99/mo for only 500GB of storage and OneDrive charges $8.33/mo for 200GB.
Additionally, you can opt for even more storage space on Google Drive from 10 TB of space for $99.99/mo to 30 TB of space for $299.99/mo.
The only caveat that I noticed with Google Drive is that you do share that storage space with your Gmail attachments and Google + photos. Luckily, Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides created in Google Drive do not count against your storage.
As for images on Google+, “only photos bigger than 2048×2048 pixels use up your storage. Everything smaller than that is free.”
Cloud Sync with Google Drive Desktop App
Finally, just like Dropbox, you can sync your online content and different folders on your computer by installing the Google Drive desktop app. This makes it easy to incrementally back up your files and images.
What do you think? If you’re a current client with Dropbox or another service, is this worth switching to? Share your thoughts below.