Originally Posted by guardado1213
Thanks Mike for sharing your setup, it is very impressive! For cloud storage, are you using iCloud or another vendor? Also do you store any photos directly on your Macbook Air? Sorry for all the questions!
The questions are no problem at all.
I use Crashplan for cloud backup. Once it's setup it runs in the background and I don't even think about it. I don't need to remember to do anything, which I like. They send status emails so I know it's all working.
It costs $60 for a year using their storage. If you have a computer of your own to store the backups, their system allows that for free. So for example, your computer at home could backup to a computer at your parents house for free.
I imagine there are other cloud backup providers that are just as good. So I'm not saying Crashplan is the "best" - only that it had the features I was after.
The WD MyCloud NAS is available over wifi whenever I'm home. So the only time I really have any image files on the Macbook is briefly during import, or if I'm away from the house or out of town. I guess the WD NAS can actually be configured to allow remote access, but I haven't done that yet.
The WD NAS is not super speedy, but since the Lightroom Smart Previews are with the library on the Macbook it doesn't impact me much.