Photo storage -Flickr vs Google photos vs ?



  • What does everyone use for centralized photo management of their personal photos? I've been thinking of utilizing Nextcloud for this, since I have a VM at home with Nextcloud, but I'm looking for a bit more "photo related" functionality that Nextcloud provides out of the box. (editing, etc) Maybe there is something I haven't found yet.

    Requirements:

    • Central repository of photos from multiple devices (phones, DLSR, etc)
    • Basic or even a little more advanced photo editing/touchup
    • Tagging
    • Free or small monthly fee.
    • If storing in the cloud, must have an easy way to do my own full library backup.

    Bonus

    • Ability to upload from IOS devices automatically
    • Facial Recognition is a bonus

    *** Must be wife friendly***



  • Doesn't Apple's photo service do almost all of this besides the editing?



  • You have a few different things that you want from a platform, which at its essence is a data repository.

    • Photo editing
    • Tagging (for facebook I assume)

    These two items alone are not at all related in terms of a feature set. I'm curious if Facebook doesn't already have a solution for just this need.



  • Google Photos is amazing!



  • Our family repository before was Apple Aperture. But I've been trying to find an alternative ever since they stopped developing that app. They had everything except for the centralized repository that is cloud based. We just used one computer as the "central repository" for our photos.



  • Tagging - did you mean something related to Facebook as Dustin suggested, or do you mean a way to add metadata to make searches easier?



  • @aaronstuder said in Photo storage -Flickr vs Google photos vs ?:

    Google Photos is amazing!

    Agreed.

    If you want the full sized original photos, then you'll need to pay for storage above the free amount,
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    otherwise if you're willing to except their reduced resolution version, then it's unlimited.

    Their tagging feature is awesome, and their built in logic and facial recognition is cool as all.



  • @Dashrender said in Photo storage -Flickr vs Google photos vs ?:

    Tagging - did you mean something related to Facebook as Dustin suggested, or do you mean a way to add metadata to make searches easier?

    Right, tagging to make searches easier. Like tag with: vacation, 2016, joe shmoe, etc



  • Well, so far, Google photos is looking like it would fit, if I can backup the whole storage account on my own. I am really particular about having a personal copy of our family photos.



  • @fuznutz04 said in Photo storage -Flickr vs Google photos vs ?:

    Well, so far, Google photos is looking like it would fit, if I can backup the whole storage account on my own. I am really particular about having a personal copy of our family photos.

    You could do that from your devices direct as well - you can have google photos on the phone backup to google, and the nextcloud client on your phone backup to your own instance of nextcloud.



  • @fuznutz04 said in Photo storage -Flickr vs Google photos vs ?:

    @Dashrender said in Photo storage -Flickr vs Google photos vs ?:

    Tagging - did you mean something related to Facebook as Dustin suggested, or do you mean a way to add metadata to make searches easier?

    Right, tagging to make searches easier. Like tag with: vacation, 2016, joe shmoe, etc

    Google does a ton of this for you. Google uses the Geo tagged info in most photos today, and their facial recognition is amazing, not perfect but damned good.

    You can even do things like sear for trees, and it will show you all photos with trees in them, or search dog and see all the photos with dogs in them, etc.



  • @Dashrender said in Photo storage -Flickr vs Google photos vs ?:

    @fuznutz04 said in Photo storage -Flickr vs Google photos vs ?:

    Well, so far, Google photos is looking like it would fit, if I can backup the whole storage account on my own. I am really particular about having a personal copy of our family photos.

    You could do that from your devices direct as well - you can have google photos on the phone backup to google, and the nextcloud client on your phone backup to your own instance of nextcloud.

    Good point. I may just give this a trial run to see how I like it.



  • @fuznutz04 said in Photo storage -Flickr vs Google photos vs ?:

    @Dashrender said in Photo storage -Flickr vs Google photos vs ?:

    @fuznutz04 said in Photo storage -Flickr vs Google photos vs ?:

    Well, so far, Google photos is looking like it would fit, if I can backup the whole storage account on my own. I am really particular about having a personal copy of our family photos.

    You could do that from your devices direct as well - you can have google photos on the phone backup to google, and the nextcloud client on your phone backup to your own instance of nextcloud.

    Good point. I may just give this a trial run to see how I like it.

    If you don't have unlimited LTE data, make sure it backs up only on WiFi.



  • @Dashrender

    Good point.



  • @Dashrender

    Oh course, Maybe I'll take the computer to my office with a 50 Mbit connection VS my 2 Mbit at home. 🙂



  • Google Photos JUST yesterday updated their app to include more editing features. Haven't played with it too much yet but I've used Google Photos for awhile and have been very happy.



  • @thanksajdotcom
    Awesome!



  • I've used Flickr for many years. I really like it.



  • I use both and think Google is miles better. My only concern is giving Google even more insight into my personal life.



  • @Carnival-Boy said in Photo storage -Flickr vs Google photos vs ?:

    I use both and think Google is miles better. My only concern is giving Google even more insight into my personal life.

    I've not used Google for photos in a really long time. What about it do you find better now? Flickr is about the same that it was all those years ago, it was good then and is the same now, so I'm pretty happy. But if Google has something special to offer, I'm interested. It didn't have anything compelling back when I looked long ago, but it was long ago.



  • I've never really liked Flickr's interface. I don't find it at all intuitive. I find everything slow versus Google. I prefer Google's editing functionality. I find Flickr's phone syncing flaky but never had an issue with Google's.


  • Banned

    Flickr, a yahoo product. Versus Google photos?

    Not much competition.



  • I use Dropbox as my primary photo storage from all my connected devices (camera upload), this takes care of full resolution images storage. Along with that i have google photos as well, photo upload automatically from my mobile devices (unlimited storage, not full resolution, but thats ok as i have the originals in Dropbox). Plus all my computers have google photos app installed which takes the photos from my dropbox camera uploads.

    Benefits?

    • Original photos on Dropbox

    • Awesome filtering option using google photos (surprised to see acurate results for even facial reaction like smile, cry, kids etc). No more manual tagging or renaming files/folders.

    • Created another google account for wife, and just create shared albums from my google photos with wife where even she can add photos to library without spending a dime for her account!

    • Bonus: Using Google Photoscan to scan all our physical old photos to the library as well!

    Total amount spent: $99 /year for 1TB (Also includes other files that i save)



  • I use Amazon Cloud Drive and Prime Photos for my video and picture storage. 60$ a year for unlimited storage. If you already have Amazon Prime you get unlimited photo and 5GB of video storage included with your subscription.



  • @coliver how good is the search functionality and sync speed? From my experience i think dropbox is still the best in terms of sync speed + LAN sync to other devices on the same network if needed



  • @Ambarishrh said in Photo storage -Flickr vs Google photos vs ?:

    @coliver how good is the search functionality and sync speed? From my experience i think dropbox is still the best in terms of sync speed + LAN sync to other devices on the same network if needed

    Sync speed depends on your connection. When I did my initial upload of 1TB of images and videos I was maxing out my 5Mbps connection. Took a few weeks. Since then we have the app on our mobile devices and as soon as you take a picture it uploads to the account. After every trip I upload pictures taken with our point-and-shoot and I don't really notice it.



  • @coliver said in Photo storage -Flickr vs Google photos vs ?:

    @Ambarishrh said in Photo storage -Flickr vs Google photos vs ?:

    @coliver how good is the search functionality and sync speed? From my experience i think dropbox is still the best in terms of sync speed + LAN sync to other devices on the same network if needed

    Sync speed depends on your connection. When I did my initial upload of 1TB of images and videos I was maxing out my 5Mbps connection. Took a few weeks. Since then we have the app on our mobile devices and as soon as you take a picture it uploads to the account. After every trip I upload pictures taken with our point-and-shoot and I don't really notice it.

    Signed up for 3 months Amazon trial, copied a video file of 5.25 GB file and started syncing on both Amazon and Dropbox. (Not sure why Amazon drive shows it as 4.89 GB!)
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  • I think it boils down to speed vs storage & price



  • I definitely recommend plenty of redundancy. That's why I use both Yahoo and Google. I'd never trust one provider with a lifetime of photos. I read recently about Google shutting down people's account because they didn't like the way they'd bought some Google Pixel phones (something about a shipping scam across US states?). The idea of them just deleting all your photos is pretty scary - especially when it relates to a completely different and unrelated product.