Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2013 12:06 PM (in response to Anders Eldor Boye)
iCloud is not a cloud storage system. It only stores the last 1000 or 30 day's worth of photos for syncing between Macs and mobile devices. After 30 days in Photo Stream a photo is removed from PS to make way for new photos.
Online backups don't have the correct formatting for storing iPhoto Libraries or uploading changes to it it.
Your best bet would be to get an external hard drive and do your own backing up of the files you want to protect.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2013 12:20 PM (in response to Anders Eldor Boye)
if anyone knows a way to take cloud backups of my iPhoto library, but to copy only the jpgs, not the raw files?
The really easy way is to upload the shots to a photo site like Flickr or SmugMug. But bear in mind that the Raws will be represented only by your iPhoto Previews.
There are many options: Flickr, Picasa, SmugMug etc. However, check the terms of your account carefully. While most sites have free uploading, you will often find that these uploads are limited in terms of the file size or the bandwidth you can use per month. For access that allows you to upload full size pics with no restrictions you may need to pay.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2013 12:20 PM (in response to Old Toad)
Off course I do have an extra local hard drive to back it up, raw files and all, but I really do want an extra security in case of the unlikely fire or a lightening that can toast both my hard drives at once. Losing the raws wouldn't bother me too much, but losing all the pictures, would be devestating.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2013 12:24 PM (in response to Terence Devlin)
Devlin: I don't mind paying for a cloud sollution, but with the raws, my iPhoto library is quite sizable, and it becomes a bit expensive. I'll check out the Flickr/Picasa route, but I would prefer something that was quite automatic and didn't rely on me remembering to upload - something analogous to Time Machine.