Unlimited Online Image Storage

Data Centre Racks

I now provide free of charge with every photoshoot long term cloud storage, back up and gallery review for all your licensed images and low resolution image files.

This means that you can be sure of safe and secure storage of your images with 24/7 access.  If you lose your images or you need to review a past photoshoot, you can quickly find your organisations galleries or collection. To view historical shoots you simply need to log in to your Client Area.

You will find listed in the Client Area all the collections/galleries available to you.
Navigating the site is through a secure connection via HTTPS provided by SSL security. The benefit to the client is knowing your images are in one place accessible from any location. If time is short it’s not necessary to download all of a shoots images at one time but as and when they are needed. Image file sizes are only going to get larger with time and so downloads will take longer. Making sharing large images with colleagues easier.
The key advantages to online image delivery and storage:
  • Fast Secure access
  • Available 24/7
  • Sharing is made easy between colleagues
  • Options to change the level of security and permissions ( From fully secure login requiring an email address and password, password only, complete open access hidden from public view or publicly viewable.)
  • Proofing tools enabling easy collaboration and selection of images between colleagues and the photographer.

The service is operated and maintaned by a US based company called Photoshelter. In its 12 year history, Photoshelter has had 100% durability. Never losing a single bit of data. With a reliability track record of greater than 99.99% uptime. Every aspect of PhotoShelter’s infrastructure has redundancy, from the network level to the server level to the individual drives that store photos and videos. They have multiple data centers and multiple network providers at each data centre. Which is why some of the world’s most prestigious brands and organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, health care organizations and federal agencies, with extreme security and reporting requirements trust Photoshelter to hold their data.

Since adopting online image storage and delivery I have always wondered what a data centre is and how it operates to provide vast unlimited storage and redundancy. I had seen images of server rooms with vast corridors of server cabinets with bright colourful LED’s but I had no idea of the infrastructure which surrounds and enables these small black boxes we have all now become so dependant on to operate 24 hrs without missing a beat.

Data Centre - Security

I decided to visit a local Data Centre to understand better where the internet lives. They are extremely secure with two and even three stage entry requiring Photo ID.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data Centre - Climate ControlThe data hall where the data lives is dust free and climate controlled with hot air being pumped out and replaced by cool air.
Data Centre Hall

Centres will often have power back up with fuses and circuits duplicated. Should the mains electrical power fail UPS (uninterrupted power supply) batteries kick in until the onsite generators start up.Data Centre Circuit Backup

Finally the entire site is protected by a huge fire suppression system using inert gas to reduce oxygen levels to a safe level to suppress a fire but also allow personnel to escape safely.

Fire Suppression

New Website Launch

I am very pleased and excited to announce the launch of my new commercial photography  website.

Designed to attract the interest of  creatives and in house marketing professionals by providing a streamlined single page of information with immediate and functional portfolio browsing. The result is a minimalist gallery presentation which resizes and responds to different mobile devices and screen sizes. Developer James Lindeman provides a little insight into the thought process to achieve this.

‘Full screen or large images on websites can work really well, and it may have seemed like an obvious place to start here. Although after a few prototypes we realised we actually wanted to avoid setting a pace, at least when someone first loads the page, and we wanted that experience to feel very similar across various devices and screen sizes. After more work on the gallery we found something we felt fit. The user has the option to browse a lot of images almost straight away without the gallery compromising other content by forcing a change in pace.

Although there are some subtle and necessary differences to the design on different devices and screen sizes, we tried to make these small. There is no mobile ’version’ of the site. The content available is the same whether on a smart phone or large desktop computer. The images in the gallery load depending on your viewable area which is intended to keep the site as fast as it can be without trying to guess your bandwidth or intended use.’

Alex Orrow is a corporate and commercial photographer based in Cambridge. – http://alexorrow.co.uk
James Lindeman is a web developer based in Nottingham – http://jameslindeman.co.uk

Cambridge Photographer Alex Orrow Photography Website Screen Shot

Please share this with colleagues and anyone interested in creative photography and web design.

2012 Highlights

Looking back over some of the wonderful highlights from 2012, the many varied people and locations all of which made the year a fun and creative experience.

Ongar Epping Tri A Tri Triathlon Image Gallery

Image gallery for the Ongar Tri A Tri Triathlon photography will be available from here.

http://alexorrowphotography.photoshelter.com/gallery/Ongar-Epping-Try-A-Tri-Triathlon-19-June-2011/G0000TTmzAEwb2bg/

Sawston Fun Run 15 May 2011

Sawston Fun Run images available now! View Gallery Wonderful weather in Cambridgeshire today for an excellent and Fun Run through Sawston village.

Online Client Gallery

It is now possible for clients to view images after a photo shoot online without downloading any files. Full resolution files can be selected and shared with the lightbox facility. In addition to commercial commissioned work, the online gallery serves as an archive for stock images available for purchase under licence. As well as the purchase of prints and images with a personal use licence. Take a look at the gallery site!

The site is straightforward to use and provides facilities to share galleries and images via facebook, twitter and email. The lightbox feature is particularly useful to create a selection of favourite images which can be shared between registered users. It can also serve as a means to order or download full resolution image files. Please contact Alex Orrow directly to discuss the great benefits of an online gallery to archive and share your images.

Newmarket Triathlon 16 May 2010

Newmarket cycling and Triathlon Club are holding their annual Triathlon ni Newmarket on the 16th May 2010. I will covering the event on behalf of the organisers and the photographs are available from the event archive gallery