For the aspiring photographer or wanderlust blogger that likes to snap pictures of everything, Flickr is the best cloud based storage for the money.
Flickr is one of those nifty cloud solutions for image storage. It has a decent photo edited called Aviary. It gives anyone the ability to easily touch up photos taken without costly or complex software.
Flickr’s smartphone and desktop applications both have auto-upload functions. Once you download photos from your DSLR, they’ll automagically be whisked off to the cloud for storage, manipulation and hosting.
Flickr, much like other similar platforms has the ability to control who has access to photots by allowing public (anyone), private (you only), friends/family (must be connected to you via Flickr).
Each photo has not only photo visibility options, but options to control who can see the metadata (including GPS location, camera info, etc).
For my blog, I exclusively use WordPress and host it on a VPS. Because I use a dedicated VPS, I pay per GB for storage. Admittedly, it’s not hugely expensive, however I have a few hundred GB of photos. Flickr charges me a simple $50/year for unlimited image hosting. This fee is all inclusive for storage and hosting on my WordPress site.
Between my VPS provider and Flickr, it’s a perfect marriage of dedicated servers and cloud hosting which gives the most cost effective and fastest image hosting solutions.