How Cloud Computing has Impacted Photography
Photography is an industry that’s been revolutionized many times over the past century. While black-and-white photographs used to be recorded on plates in the initial days, celluloid films, color films and then digital files followed with the passage of time. Today, we see concepts like sound photography that integrates hearing, seeing and feeling, bringing about another twist in this age-old art.
If we closely look at all these revolutions, all of them witnessed a major shift in the manner in which photographs were taken, processed and displayed. For instance, DIY drones are the in-things for photography adventures nowadays.
Regardless of the fact that we are in the digital age today, cloud computing is only a glimpse of where digital photography is headed.
Cloud for photo backups
The digital revolution has led to quick, compact and indelible picture permanence, however, digital images are also vulnerable to hard drive crashes, virus attacks and hacking attempts. Keeping all these vulnerabilities in mind, backups become the top priority for any serious photographer.
As shipping hard drives and/or DVDs to some remote place is an impractical solution, backing up one’s pictures on the cloud makes plenty of sense. It’s also the reason why many big backup service brands like Dropbox and Carbonite are focusing on low-cost photo preservation these days. And cloud storage is pretty reliable to say the least.
Cloud for sharing purposes
While it’s good to review your photographs every now and then, honestly speaking, majority of people take pictures to show them off to others! That’s the reason a great multitude of people share their pictures on social media portals. While Twitter limits you to only 140 characters, posting a picture can say a thousand words for you! Furthermore, any photographer who wishes to put his/her work in front of the masses, cannot overlook the potential of cloud-based platforms like Flickr and others. Here are the best cloud storage and fil sharing services of 2018.
Cloud in the form of a sales model
Factoring in the amount of information we consume these days, and the percentage of it that comes from the cloud, we cannot ignore the potential of cloud as a sales model. There are many micro stock companies out there which are essentially cloud-based versions of the conventional stock photography businesses.
In case of a micro-stock photography business, rather than one single company contracting with a handful of photographers, the company accepts millions of pictures from tens of thousands of people in different parts of the world.
The cloud is gaining ground even in the fine art world wherein brick-and-mortar art galleries are transforming into cloud-based ones, offering high-quality prints on demand, and some even providing custom framing services.
Cloud is the future
The times that we’re living in these days, cameras are already uploading pictures directly to the cloud. All the image organization, editing, backup and sharing we’re so used to doing on our computers, is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Except in cases wherein we want to do some advanced level photo editing, everything can be done on the pictures, right in the cloud.
Brandon Westhoven is a technology and gaming guru journalist for MiLLENNiAL. When he’s not writing, you can find him mobbing on the dirt bike track.