Whether you’re using an iPhone or an Android, it doesn’t really matter anymore, between iCloud and Google+ features, all those thousands of family photos you took are actually pretty safe these days. Apple and Google have actually done all a great favour by storing our priceless memories online and made them retrievable from a trusted source.
When my first daughter was born I must have taken 5 or 6 rolls of 36 exposure 35mm film, apart from a few exposure issues with my Pentax K1000 at the time, those negatives are finally safe and have been digitized. My second daughter got the digital treatment and those photos all made into iPhoto and then Aperture and finally onto 5 or 6 drives in the house. When the Twin Boys were born, I got a new Pentax K200 dSLR and proceeded to take 15,000 pics in the first year of their life.
These days, most of my pics are taken on the iPhone, it has an 8 megapixel camera that is composed of 5 pretty amazing piece of glass. The quality of these cameras was never really in question, Flickr still list the iPhone as the most popular camera on the site and even though Flickr might have lost some of its relevancy in light of Instagram’s insane popularity and the fact that many top photographers like Thomas Hawk have moved on Google+, you can’t deny that most of life’s everyday moments are captured on smartphones. It’s almost a shame that Yahoo let Flickr stagnate for so long as it would have made a pretty cool cloud solution for photos, it had all the right elements and had made some stride into integration with the desktops, put they simply forgot about the mobile space, even though they could clearly track its ascension.
When I saw this video it really made me think that the way we store and of court share our memories have really changed. There are still many folks who store their pics on Facebook and think that they safe, but more and more people are using these cloud services in conjunctions with some home storage to save their photos. I personally prefer iCloud and the Photostream to Google+ since the photos I have taken on the iPhone are definitely getting backed up on my drive at home as well as iCloud, but with Google’s photo upload it just not clear what quality is getting uploaded and how exactly this gets stored offline. Offline storage actually seems to go against Google’s vision of where you stuff should belong, so maybe that is where my skepticism stems from. Which ever way you are using online storage, the inclusion of your “LifeStream” is probably one of the most important things to be safeguarded and I’m sure that there are plenty of IT Guys and family techies are really relieved folks are using them.