I do not know about you guys, but Amazon Prime is probably my favorite online service. I use it to get free two-day shipping, free movies & shows, free music streaming, the list goes on and on. Today, as a photographer, I am super excited. Why? They have announced Amazon Prime Photos: a cloud drive based service that allows users to store an unlimited number of pictures without paying a single dime in addition to their existing Amazon Prime memberships. This is HUGE for the photo industry.
Currently, I pay $90/year for Prime. I get my moneys worth within the first month which makes everything else a bonus. This past year I have spent over $400 for online storage of images for my photography business. The fact that I can now basically save $400/year now by using Prime Photos is awesome in my book and it should be in yours as well. Besides being a huge plus for photographers, it really is great for anyone with a smart phone. I am constantly deleting photos and video off of my iPhone but now with the use of this service, you can delete photos from your phone and still see them via the Cloud Drive iOS or Android apps.
The service is currently available for iOS, Android, Windows, and through any web browser. Users will be able to sync their photos between devices and access them at their leisure wherever they may be. The images are sorted in a timeline gallery by date, making it super easy to find photos. One of my most favorite features is how you can turn on auto-backup so every time you take a picture, it is saved on the cloud. Now if your device gets lost, stolen or broke, you will still have your cherished pictures.
The following image and video formats are supported.
- .mp4 (including mov, 3gp, m4v)
- .avi (including divx)
- .mts (mpeg transport stream)
- .mpg (mpeg program stream)
For those of you who already have Amazon Prime, this is something you definitely need to take advantage of. After all, it is FREE!
If you do not have an Amazon Prime account, you can get a FREE 30-Day trial subscription by clicking here.
A reader pointed out the following “fine print” to me regarding the use of the service and your business.
Prime Photos is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You may not use it in connection with a professional photography business or other commercial service.
Certain photo formats are excluded.
So, it looks like the old saying: “It’s too good to be true” is spot on. I would use caution if you do decide to backup images or videos that are from your business. It is against the T.O.S. and I am sure they will enforce it down the road if not right away. At the end of the day, it is still a benefit to have and use the service for personal use.