It is with great sorrow that I report the death of the internet photo storage site, Picturelife. Picturelife, whose tag line was “protect your photos,” relied on charging $5-$15 per month or $50-$150 per year for online photo and video storage, a business model that is proving increasing less viable as more and more vendors offer low-cost or even free photo storage.
Fortunately, the 200 million photos stored on Picturelife have a second chance on life since they are being stored on SmugMug as part of SmugMug’s attempt to increase its own customer base. This resurrection will benefit Picturelife’s customers who otherwise might have lost their photos.
For more on the demise of Picturelife, see Photo-storage service Picturelife shuts down 18 months after being acquired.
About Mark Mizen
I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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What do you think about smug mug?
I have not personally used SmugMug; however online reviews look relatively good. See http://www.stuckincustoms.com/smugmug-review/ and https://photographylife.com/reviews/smugmug. My personal preference is http://www.forever.com because of the availability of Permanent Storage.