What I’ve noticed since purchasing a DSLR camera is that digital photography means taking far more pictures than you would take if you were using a film camera. There’s more data to store, which requires more storage space, and if you want to share photo albums with family, you have to come up with a more practical solution than e-mailing them back and forth.
If I want to e-mail full-size photographs to family members, for example, I can only include an average of five photographs per e-mail. Anything more than that, and I exceed the maximum file size allowed by my web-based e-mail provider. Cloud computing is one way to share photo albums with family that doesn’t take up so much time and energy.
Cloud Computing Photo Album Storage
My solution was to sign up for an account with Dropbox, which is a service that allows you to link different computers to one another via cloud computing. Dropbox and other similar service providers also include a public folder within your account that allows you to share files, such as photo albums, with family.
When you use cloud computing for remote storage, any file you put in your account is simultaneously synched with all other computers to which your account is linked. This is helpful when you have both a desktop and laptop computer, for example, and you want to access the same files on each.
You can use cloud computing to share photo albums with family by putting your albums into the public folder, then giving your family members links to those albums. They click on the links and can view whatever files you’ve dropped into that folder.
Google Docs for Sharing Photo Albums
It is also possible to use your Google Docs account to share photo albums with family. Google’s cloud computing service works similarly to other methods of sharing files and photos, and you can purchase additional storage to be linked with Picasa, Google Docs, and Gmail, if you use those services.
Using the Same Cloud Computing Service Provider
If you want to keep your photo albums private from everyone but family, you might also sign up for a cloud computing service that everyone in your family downloads. Instead of sending links to your public folder files, everyone linked to the account signs in with the same password and can view all the documents and files in the account. This is only advisable, of course, if you want your family members to see every file you upload to the cloud computing service.
Sharing Photo Albums with Family
The great thing about cloud computing is that you aren’t limited to a specific type of file. You can share your photo albums in whatever format you like, as long as your relatives have the software necessary to open those files.