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Book Review: Photography Applications For Cloud Computing by Matthew Bamberg

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Traditionally photography has been at the forefront of the technology movement, and with the advent of digital photography this has become even more so. Now, with all of these images that take up our hard drive storage space, people are looking for ways to not only share their photos, but also to make sure that their images are taken care of in case of disaster.

That solution, at least for today, is the cloud. While hardly perfect, it is convenient, easy to access, and fairly dependable when you pick a reliable company. Photography Applications for Cloud Computing uses a step-by-step process to discover well known platforms for storing, organizing, sharing, and editing photographs. This book is 256 pages and is divided into 24 chapters and 8 parts.

Part I, “Cloud Features Today,” looks at the fact that even if you don’t understand what “the cloud” is, chances are you are using it if you are using Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or any of a host of social networks to share your images. This effectively means anything online like your webpage, blog, or anything that houses your images externally.

This part will take you along so that you can understand what the cloud is, what parts there are to it, and how it can be used as a system. It also looks at the infrastructure of the cloud and how it keeps the internet moving seven days a week, 24-hours a day. Finally you will look at where and how your images are stored in the cloud–the servers, how data is transferred, and how you connect to it.

Part II, “Cloud Use Today,” examines the state of cloud technology today, what is available for your use, and what the potential problems are. Photo sharing sites have been around for over a decade, and while much has changed, these sites still have to make money to stay in business.

This part begins by looking at both photo hosting sites as well as photo storage sites–the former is for displaying or sharing your images, and the latter is for offline backup in case of disaster. Next are issues of security. When you post an image online it has ability to be stolen and used for other purposes. There is a chapter on what risks may become of your photos, and some of what can be done about it. This part finishes off by defining some of the file types that are used in the cloud.

Part III, “Cloud Access,” starts off by looking at how you can get to the cloud. There are many ways depending on where you are. At home you may have a direct connect. Away from home you perhaps can use WiFi or Cellular. Here you will consider some of the different kinds of access.

Most photographers have multiple ways to access the cloud. You might upload from your portable device and have it sync to your computer automatically. One popular way is using a service called Dropbox where you drop images into one location and they are automatically copied to the cloud. From there you also have the ability to sync to other locations such as portable devices and other computers.

Part IV, “File Storage,” examines the various ways that you can store your images. The first item looked at is Dropbox for the iPhone. Here you will see how to get this free app and how to set it up. The second one is Adobe Revel which, at least at this point is an Mac only product for managing your photos.

About T. Michael Testi

Photographer, writer, software engineer, educator, and maker of fine images.