|I'm curious how others store their photos. Right now I use Arq to back up to an AWS Glacier instance. I also back up to Shutterfly. And I use Time Machine to an external HD.|
0. I'm using a ton of local HD space to store them. I want to free up a bunch of space.
1. But if I delete photos from my computer, Arq will eventually delete the backups that contained them. Could be months or years but if they're not local, they'll be gone when the cost to store them exceeds the monthly budget I've set with Arq.
2. Additionally, Shutterfly apparently will let you upload videos up to 2GB. But I've randomly found a couple of videos well under that size that just don't get backed up.
I think this is what a good storage situation looks like:
1. Photos and videos are automatically backed up to the cloud from my devices (nice to have)
2. Photos are retained forever in the cloud even if they're deleted from my devices. I have to go to cloud storage to delete something.
3. Very nice to have: photos are encrypted locally before getting sent to the cloud like with Arq.
4. Bonus points: the UI for browsing cloud photos is nice (Shutterfly bought the company I was using, which had the best UI I'd found).
What do you use? Have you solved any of the problems I've laid out with my approach?
edit: thanks for all the great replies. I'm in the middle of a lengthy process of moving off of Google services, so Google Photos sounds great but isn't something I'm into. Will look at iCloud and other solutions mentioned below.