What are the best online photo storage services?

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    #1Dropbox Photos

    Dropbox Photos
    The famous storage cloud service has an excellent way to organize your photos. You only need a free account to start using it as a repository for all your digital images.
    Websites

    Free

    Juan Ortiz
    Written on January 14, 2017
    "I take tons of photos (no really, tons...), and it had become a bit of an issue for me to squeeze them on my computer's drive, which made me anxious about finding a solution. I could buy more drives, install them, back them up etc. which would mean a not insignificant investment in time and money. Or I can simply sign up for Dropbox and get as much storage as I want, instantly. It really changed my life (photo-wise). And it's not only the storage, it's also the ability to send a link to anyone you know so that they can see your pics, without any need to upload, or copy anything. It's simply awesome!"
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    #2Microsoft OneDrive

    Microsoft OneDrive
    Microsoft OneDrive is a file hosting service where you easily store, share and backup your files such as documents, photos, and other files from anywhere, on any device or computer. 
    Software

    Web, Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Timothy Moore
    Written on March 2, 2017
    "Microsoft OneDrive let's me share any digital information I possess on any platform, anywhere, anytime. It's fantastic that it comes free with Windows 10, I feel like I carry all my digital devices with me wherever I go now!"
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    #3Flickr

    Flickr

    Flickr is an online platform where you can upload, access, organize, edit, and share your photos from any device anywhere in the world. You can use its web services or its practical mobile app.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Jordan Garrett
    Written on February 22, 2017
    "I am always worried about using a cloud to store my photos, and don't want to take up all my storage capacity. Then I found out about Flickr. I have since transferred all my photos to their site, and I can order prints and products directly from them! Its a huge time saver."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that during the Victorian era, mothers need to hide in the background for their babies to be photographed? Back in the 1820s, images had to be exposed for hours to capture them on film. Photographing people took several hours then. It is allegedly the reason why most people in the Victorian era show stiff postures and unsmiling faces in photos because it was hard to hold a smile for hours. Hence, taking children's photo was way more difficult. Mothers had to sit all covered up disguised as background while holding their babies so they would stay still. This is known as the Hidden Mothers phenomena. Many believe that because of this difficulty, another way to photograph adult and people was developed: memento mori.

Memento mori (memorial portraiture) or post-mortem photography is the practice of photographing the deceased within hours after their death. Mortality rates during the Victorian era were extremely high because of environmental and health issues. During the 19th century, many were unable to afford to sit for a portrait session that the only way to memorialize loved ones is through post-mortem photography because it’s cheaper. The artist would arrange the subject in a way that it would have a lifelike appearance or that he/she will just look asleep. Coffins were not seen; children were posed with toys, while adults were posed in chairs or specially-designed frames. Some family would even pose with their dead member. It was only during the 20th century when cameras became more accessible that people were able to take photos by themselves. Photography has evolved a lot since then. More of us are taking photos than ever before, which means we need places to store these memories. Online photo storage enables you to access your photos from anywhere as long as there’s an internet connection. Now, it’s easier to fill up your storage given how digital and mobile phone cameras make snapping photos effortlessly. There are a lot of photo storage sites available to everyone. Just pick the one that is best for your needs personally or professionally. 

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    #4Google Photos

    Google Photos

    Google Photos is an application that lets users save, classify, edit, and sync all of their photos and videos using Google Drive and the rest of Google's services. Users can access their smartphone's contents on their PC and vice-versa. 

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Kevin Taylor
    Written on January 15, 2017
    "I have used Google Photos for about a year now. I really like the program because when I take a photo on my phone, it automatically uploads it to Google Photos online. That way, my photos are always backed-up online. I can then go online and download the files to my computer."
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    #5Photobucket

    Photobucket

    Photobucket is a famous image and video hosting website and online community dedicated to preserving and sharing the entire photo and video lifecycle. You can use its web or download its mobile apps.

    Apps

    Web, iOS

    Free

    Alan Vasquez
    Written on February 11, 2017
    "I'd like to find out how much storage space I can get as a free user and other condition but can't seam to find that information without signing up first, that annoys me when a website is like that. Otherwise it appears to be a well designed site with lots of interesting features for photo sharing, like editing."
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    #6Facebook Moments

    Facebook Moments
    This apps helps you create shared photo albums with your friends and family. You can quickly send photos to your friends and get photos back. The app is connected to your Facebook friends and events so it's easier and faster to find and organize the pictures.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Aarav Balasubramanium
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "I recently went on a trip to San Francisco and during my visit I took a lot of photos. About a month had passed before I decided to share my trip photos on Facebook and I ran into a problem of having to go through all these photos that weren't part of my trip and I found it annoying that I had to sort through them to find my vacation photos. So I found Facebook Moments and this App has been a time saver for me because now I can organize my photos by my intended subjects and makes sharing much more easier. "
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    #7Shutterfly

    Shutterfly

    Shutterfly is an unlimited free storage space for all your photos. After uploading them you can create photo books, calendars, cards, etc, and print them to receive at home. You can create projects and share with your loved ones to re-edit. 

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Bruce Alvarez
    Written on January 30, 2017
    "I have used Shutterfly for 10+ years and I am very satisfied with the product. I have ordered pictures, calendars and books and have loved them all. Their prices are very good but not a fan of the shipping charges although ordering and picking up at a local store is awesome. I have also used the share feature for family and friends to view our pictures. Overall, I have been extremely satisfied with them."
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    #8Shoebox

    Shoebox
    Free unlimited photo storage, so you can rediscover your photos anywhere. You can automatically backup your photos with the app  and view them from your phone, tablet and computer.
    Websites

    Free

    Willie Garrett
    Written on February 8, 2017
    "I was waiting for a photobucket alternative and I think I found it. Shoebox has unlimited space for all my digital photo collection and is far more streamlined than that trash photobucket. The fact that this service is free and offers unlimited space is mind-blowing to me. "
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    #9Canon Irista

    Canon Irista
    Take control of your photo collection, with one safe, private and organized place from Canon (you don't need a Canon device to use it).
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Joseph Collins
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "This app provides users with a really fabulous solution to photo storage for android users. Photos can be stored in the Canon cloud and this frees up valuable phone and digital space for users as well as providing a secure and reputable storage locker for your most precious memories. Canon is king when it comes to photo solutions."
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    #10Piccam

    Piccam
    With this app, you can store and lock down all of your pictures and videos in a safe, private and secure photo vault without ever worrying about space on your device. You can also create private or secret photo albums to share your memories only with select people.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Yan Fu
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "This was a great storage service until all they were capable of delivering to me is network errors. Considering they do not answer emails either, and I'm not alone with either claim, I think they might have gone under. So obviously do not download this app, you'll just be wasting your time."
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    #11Tumblr

    Tumblr

    Tumblr is a platform for everyone that allows users to publish any type of content depending on what they want to share to the world. Blogging, image gallery, gif archives, and many more can be found in this content platform.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Patrick Ward
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "This app makes keeping track of my photos so easy. I can go to just one place and see it all. It's so easy to organize too."
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    #12Your Shot - National Geographic

    Your Shot - National Geographic
    Your Shot is an online community portfolio created by National Geographic where you can upload your photo about specific topics and it will be curated by online contributors.
    Websites

    Free

    Daniel Ramos
    Written on June 4, 2017
    "I filled my iCloud photo up and needed a new place to store photos. Your Shot was suggested and this app could not have been further from what I wanted. I wanted them stored for my own personal use, and this was not the case. It made no sense for anyone to be able to access my files and curated online. "
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    #13Pixelrights

    Pixelrights

    Pixelrights is an elegant and customizable online cloud-based photography portfolio used by millions of professionals and amateurs worldwide artists.

    Websites

    Free

    Gary Shaw
    Written on December 22, 2017
    "This is excellent. I wanted to make something out of my photography hobby so I've been looking for some Patreon support and other small gigs, and Pixelrights gave me an easy way of uploading my entire catalog with no strings attached. Organizing everything was quick, in fact it was even more convenient than leaving them on my HD! I might use it for that even if I'm not interested in showing off my work! Top-notch as far as photo storage services go."
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    #14Pixieset

    Pixieset

    The better way for modern photographers to share, deliver, proof and sell online. Dedicated online photo gallery for each of your clients, with beautiful cover and layout right out of the box.

    Websites

    Free

    Debra Greene
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "Where was this app when I was first getting started with my photography business? My clients love this app. I love this app. I was previously storing my client's photos on my computer and running out of memory but this app has solved that problem. My clients love how easy it is to share their photos online with their family and friends."
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    #15Imgur

    Imgur

    Imgur is an image host and sharing site that centers around community-driven content and contributions such as images and GIFs. It does so through the use of galleries that are made and submitted by its users.

    Websites

    Free

    Carolyn Woods
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "Every time I want to post a picture on a forum or send someone an image I have on my device. I upload it to imgur. Imgur is the best it allows you to store your pictures while providing a neat little link you can use to share the image with your friends. It is very handy site and I believe to be the best online photo storage systems. "

Summary

Best What are the best online photo storage services
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Dropbox PhotosWebsites 29 Free
2Microsoft OneDrive Software 17 Free
3FlickrWebsites 14 Free
4Google PhotosApps 11 Free
5PhotobucketApps 10 Free
6Facebook MomentsApps 8 Free
7ShutterflyWebsites 6 Free
8ShoeboxWebsites 4 Free
9Canon IristaApps 3 Free
10PiccamApps 2 Free
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