While the concept of “the cloud” has been around for more than a few years now, it still feels like the idea, and use, of “cloud storage” was adopted at such a rapid rate. And that makes sense, looking at how the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets has exploded in the last 7-8 years. As evidence of the importance of cloud storage these days, a new report has found that half of all mobile photographers rely on cloud services in some way for keeping their photos.
Research firm Suite 48 Analytics conducted a wide-ranging survey among all types of people who use their mobile devices to take photos; almost a half-half split of men and women between the ages of 25 and 44, just under half aged 25-29, and parents consisting of 34%. Exactly 50% of respondents said they used cloud storage for some or all of their photos, while 16% kept their whole collection in the cloud.
The number one response given for storing photos in the cloud was, unsurprisingly, for backup purposes, making up 43%. The next two most prominent reasons given were so that photos can be accessed on multiple devices (28%), and to free up device storage space (20%). The report also revealed that those who keep some of their photos in the cloud do so for different reasons, with 37% saying they only backed up their most important images.
A number of photo storage services turned up in the responses, but three made up an overwhelming majority: Google Drive, Dropbox, and Apple’s iCloud, at 30%, 29%, and 22%, respectively. Nearly completing the users’ choices were Flickr with 7% and Microsoft’s SkyDrive with 6%.
Also revealing were the reasons why photographers chose not to rely on the cloud, with 39% citing privacy concerns, and 32% not being familiar enough to understand the benefits of such services.