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

Image Delivery Online

I have been supplying digital images to clients for many years, using a mixture of optical discs (CD/DVD’s) sent by post or by uploading to a server such as YouSendIt or Dropbox. For me online delivery provides speed, a guaranteed delivery time and a reduction in the use of environment damaging plastics and paper.Alex Orrow Photoshelter Download

 

 

Photoshelter

As a commercial photographer I need online delivery, proofing and storage. These are essential elements to my workflow. Having a service provider like Photoshelter has enabled me to provide a consistent, secure and adaptable solution to send images to clients. Along with tools for proofing and collaboration there is also long term storage of image files in almost all formats.

Access & Downloading

Clients can access image files by a secure link accessible only to a specific user login or a password. The default for all client galleries is no access, this makes galleries very secure. From this starting point I have to manually select those who have access. I never provide password only or open access to galleries unless this is requested by the client. Permission to access and download images is setup initially by entering the recipient client’s email into the Photoshelter address book. I then send a link to the client, which directs them to a login page. An email and password is requested at this point. Clients who are receiving access for the first time will have to create their own password by creating an account.

Client Area

Clients set up with a Photoshelter account can access all the galleries I have shared with them. This can be achieved by viewing the ‘Client Area’ from here its possible to see a list all of galleries and gallery collections. Its also possible to see shared light boxes as well.

Tools

  • Lightbox –  A lightbox is a way of collaborating on selecting images and sharing specific images with either myself or another collaborator.
  • Proofing Tool – Streamlines the process of viewing and selecting images to be shared with me for the purpose of processing and optimising.
  • Downloads – From the gallery page its possible to download images as a batch or individually.

Photo shelter has continued to advance its technology and provide better tools and value for money. It is now possible to store images long term online in the cloud. There are plans to integrate the Lightbox and Proofing Tool to make the whole system more user friendly.

Full instructions for each aspect of the Photoshelter service are provided here.

If you are interested in joining Photoshelter please use the following link to save money on sign up. http://www.photoshelter.com/referral/AL9XR29M79