SmugMug Debuts New RAW File Storage with New “Source” Service


SmugMug is giving photographers a new file storage service option but with a twist.

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This one, called Source, is specifically tailored for RAW files. This also might seem like a little bit of deja vu because SmugMug used to have a service that did this called Vault before they shut that down back in 2017.

And it’s not the only option out there, obviously. But one thing that does make it stand out is Source’s ability to let the user see what the RAW file is.

Here’s their somewhat poetic description of what RAW files are:

“A RAW file isn’t a photo. Not yet. RAWs are pure data—unaltered, uncompressed, unrealized potential.

They’re every bit of light and shadow, texture and contrast, emotion and nuance you capture through your lens.

They’re the start of every story you tell through your photography.”

SmugMug lists the following formats as being compatible with their new service, including ARW, BMP, CR2, CR3, CRW, DCR, DNG, IIQ, MRW, NEF, NRW, ORF, PEF, RAF, RAW, RW2, RWL, SRF, SRW, TIFF, TIF, and X3F.

Of course, you can try it out with a free trial. After that, Source costs $USD 3 per month for 512GB, $USD 5 per month for beyond that amount up to 1TB, and $USD 5 per additional TB after that threshold. The Source subscription is also in addition to any others that the user may currently have active.

You can check out SmugMug Source for yourself at this link right here.

Does Source sound like something you’d be interested in using? Let us know what you think of SmugMug’s RAW file storage service?

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