Friday, May 22, 2015

Don't Take A Chance With Your Precious Memories - Save Your Photos To "The Cloud" - Free

Smartphone cameras are not only handy, but they have created a new genre of amateur photographers. Ask a photographer to recommend the best camera and the answer is often "the one in your pocket". You can't capture a great shot without a camera, and our smartphones are nearly always present.

It is estimated that 25 billion photos were taken from the dawn of the camera (around 1826), through 1980. In the year 2014 alone, 1 Trillion photos were snapped - 300 billion uploaded to Facebook. Whether it's narcissism or preservation of history and memories - we take lots of photos. Where do you store your digital photos? Have you ever lost or accidentally deleted an important picture? Hard Drives, SD Cards and Flash Drives will fail, it's just a matter of when. Backups are important, but they are often lost in Fires, Hurricanes, Floods and Earthquakes. Have you considered storing or "backing up" your photos to "The Cloud"? Perhaps now is the time.

"The Cloud" is not mysterious. It's simply a computer (Server) located in a large data center that is accessible from the Internet. There are many great Cloud Services, but if you want to store photos - check out Flickr. Yahoo owns the Flickr Photo Service and you can store 1 TB (Terabyte) of photos and Videos, free. Based on the average sized photo - that's a half million shots. If you have a Yahoo account you are all set. Otherwise, just setup an account and grab your free space.

Install the free Flickr App on your Iphone or Android based smartphone and you can turn on Auto Upload. Every photo you take will then be uploaded to your Private Album (on Yahoo's server) - safe and secure. Windows Phone 8.1 users should take a look at the, 3rd party App, Flickr Booth, in the Windows Store. Here's what you get:

  1. Put your free 1000GB to work - auto-uploadr grabs all photos and videos on your device.
  2. Your photos will be private, until you choose to share them!
  3. A timeline view with browsing, organization and sharing.
  4. Make photo edits straight from your photos on your device.
  5. New and enhanced photo filters to help get your snaps share-ready.
  6. Share to Instagram.
  7. Your can access your photos from anywhere on most any device.


The Flickr Mobile Apps are intuitive and uploads are generally quick and easy. Keep in mind that uploading large photo collections will take time - depending on your Broadband connection. Flickr has always been a great choice for amateur photographers, and these new features, coupled with a "great price", make it a "no brainier".