The reason we use cloud storage is twofold.
First, cloud storage is pay-as-you-go and pay only for what you use. This keeps image storage simple, affordable, and fair. We have photographers with 40,000+ images that only pay around $5 USD per month for AWS (Amazon Web Services) S3 cloud storage.
Second, cloud storage allows photographers to maintain full access and control over their images. PicturEngine does not store your photos on its servers. Instead, we reference your images from your cloud storage provider. If you had any doubt about whether you could pull your images from PicturEngine, cloud storage should satisfy your need for control over your images. Unlike agencies where you may request to remove images, and they are often up for months or even years after you've requested they come down, we have built into the system a fail-safe for you to pull your images individually or all together at any time. Simply modify your permissions within your cloud storage account, or delete your account altogether. While we do not recommend this because it will break your PicturEngine account, you always know you are in full control of your images.
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