Well I'm not really interested in arguing about anything related to this topic. I'm trying to understand it. My apologies from commandeering Need's thread. This is my last post here.
I don't really understand the difference between 'storing' and 'backup'. But it seems that if you want to restore photos/videos backed up to iCloud it must be all or nothing - there is no user interface that I can find that allows you to view or select one or a subset of photos from that backup.