Digital Image Solutions
Advanced, Yet Easy To Use, Storage For Photographers and Graphic Artists
Introducing a better way to store your Photos. Synology Network Attached Storage (NAS) products make your entire photo collection available anytime, anywhere, over the internet. There are no monthly fees, and adding more space is as easy as adding a new hard drive.
Award-Winning Software That Enables Creativity
DiskStation Manager (DSM) has many rewards for its ease of use, versatility, and quality. There are many ways to view, store, and backup your creative works with a Synology NAS.
Browser Image Viewing Support
Compressed or RAW
There’s no need for conversion of special viewing software for others to see your best work. A Synology NAS allows numerous image file types to be viewed in a web browser with a simple link.
Supported image types for browser viewing include:
jpg, jpeg, jpe, bmp, gif, png, tiff, tif, arw, srf, sr2, dcr, k25, kdc, cr2, crw, nef, mrw, ptx, pef, raf, 3fr, erf, mos, orf, rw2, raw
Sharing Your Work
Whether you’re a beginner or one of the most respected photography studios, a Synology NAS brings powerful cloud capabilities to your workflow.
Creating Links To Files And Folders In Seconds
Publicly accessible links are only a couple clicks away. Using File Station, workers can a unique link to important files and add passwords to the links. Using Synology’s QuickConnect service, public links can be made without any complicated firewall configuration needed.
Cross-platform Made Easy
Support for all kinds of different devices. A Synology NAS plays well with everything from Android and iOS tablets and phones; to Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. You can manage and share files via shared folders, mobile apps, and an in-browser interface.
Synology’s optional Photo Station package makes it easy to have a publically accessible gallery. However, for galleries meant for particular customers or for personal use, you can set permissions on particular sets of images too. Other features of Photo Station include a companion app DS Photo, facial recognition and tagging software, plus web based photo editors to touch up your files on the go from any computer.
Award-Winning and Intuitive Interface
Easy To Manage Storage Array With Comprehensive Tools
Whether you’re a small town office with no on-site IT staff, or a larger multi-site justice department with an advanced IT team. Quickly configure your storage, set permissions, and get useful information at a glance.
Integrate With Existing Environments
For smaller organizations, configuring local users and groupson the NAS is easy to do. For larger organizations, joining a Synology NAS to an existing Active Directory or LDAP environment is as simple as filling in a few boxes in DSM.
Check out our site just for Photographers and see how they use Synology NAS products.
In-Depth Monitoring and Management
NTFS-Style access controls can also be used on files and folders, along with detailed logging information, to properly control and monitor your data.
With several Synology NAS in your organization, administering all of them can be done from a designated central server, saving time on updates.
A Comprehensive Solution
The intuitive nature of DiskStation Manager (DSM) coupled with excellent documentation and support means less time learning and training, and more time focusing your creative works.
Today, the five-bay Synology DS1515+ can accommodate as much as 40TB of raw storage using 8TB disks, or 120TB of data with two five-bay expansion chassis attached. This means that you could store over 800,000 images from cameras capturing pictures with an average file size of 35MB with RAID redundancy in just the base model. With expansion units, you could store over 2,800,000 photos with two disks of fault tolerance.
Whether you’re an independent photographer, photography studio, or large publisher. A Synology NAS provides a secure, reliable, and effective way to store and share your photos on your terms.
Cost-Effective, Reliable, Expandable, and Multi-Purpose Storage
A Synology NAS does more than store data, it keeps important information safe and makes it easy to add more storage when needed. With optional software packages, a Synology NAS goes beyond storage and provides a web image gallery, an email server, and powerful web server all in one device.
High Availability provides organizations with the option to pair two identically configured Synology NAS devices in a mirrored pair. Reducing downtime by directing services from a primary server experiencing problems to a healthy device. Keeping your security intact.
Optional packages are available to support PEAR PHP, Perl, Node.js, Mono, Python, and Ruby applications and web pages.
“Having access to my work from wherever I am opened up a new world to me. I not only feel that my files are protected, I can now do things for clientele that was previously impossible. My clients are happy, my retouchers are jumping for joy and I’m off to my next shoot with the peace of mind that Synology has my files covered and for me that’s a total SHABANG!”
FAQ for photographers
What is a NAS?
NAS is short for Network Attached Storage. It’s a box that holds your hard drives, and connects to your internet router instead of your computer. And because it's connected to your router you are able to access it from anywhere you are, on any device, over the internet.
I'm a photographer, what does a Synology NAS have to offer for my photography?
There are many uses for a Synology NAS. For photographers, some of the most used features include:
- Remote Access- access files from anywhere
- Centralization- put your files all in one place, instead of multiple hard drives
- RAID- protection from hard drive failure
- Scalability- Hard drive fills up? Simply add a new one or replace one with a bigger drive
- File sharing- easily share files with clients, without paying a third party service
- Computer backup- backup multiple computers to one shared storage device
How is it different than an external Hard Drive?
Synology NAS devices connect to your router, not your computer. Because of this, your storage is free from many limitations, and can offer things like remote access, centralization, file sharing, and multiple computer backup. Also because most of our boxes use more than one hard drive, you get the RAID protection as well as scalability options.
Does it work with Mac and PC?
Yes- because DSM (the software that runs on the NAS) is browser based, it does not need a client in order to work .Therefore, you log in using your typical internet browser (be it safari, chrome, or something else). This makes it easy to share files across platforms.
Does Synology offer RAID protection?
Yes. And that includes classic RAIDS (such as 0,1,5,ect) as well as Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR). SHR is a Linux based RAID that allows you to mix and match drives of different sizes, as well as expand your volume when you add new or bigger drives.
Is Synology Hybrid RAID proprietary?
No. We use RAID 5 technology, based on Linux. Therefore, a data recovery center or user with some knowledge of Linux will be able to recover the data from your drive.
Do you have any mobile apps ?
Yes, we have plenty! Including apps for photo viewing and sharing, music, video, docs, ect. Read about them here. They work on Android, iOS, Windows devices.
How do I share files with clients?
After you set up port forwarding, file sharing is easy! Simply right click the file or folder you want to share, and select “Share File Link”. This will give you a link, as well as the option to password protect it. Once the user clicks the link, they will be able to download the files, right off your DiskStation.
Have frequent clients? Simply give them a user name/password, and set their privileges, and they will be able to download/upload as you allow them to.
How do I set up remote access?
In order to access your DiskStation from outside your network, you will need to set up port forwarding. Basically that means you open a port to allow access from outside the firewall. The process depends on the type of router you have. See our tutorial, here.
What happens if a hard drive fails?
The DiskStation will beep and you can set it up to send you a notification (via text or email for example). If you have RAID set up, switching out the bad drive for a new drive is easy. Simply take out the bad drive (your DiskStation will let you know which one it is) and pop in the new one. The DiskStation will detect the new drive and ask you if you would like to rebuild the volume. Once you select yes, your DiskStation will do the rest. And you will be able to access your data while this process is happening.
How does Synology work with Lightroom (LR)?
Although Lightroom does not directly allow you to back-up your catalogue to a network volume, there are plenty of ways to use your DiskStation with LR. Some photographers like to use the DiskStation to store the raw images (import them to a second location in LR and point to the DiskStation) as well as the finished images (when exporting in LR). And only keep their files on their local drive while they are editing them. Other photographers make use of Cloud Station, and keep their catalogue and the files they are working on in their Cloud Station folder- this allows them to be both local, as well as synced with your DiskStation, both at once.
See how Sime from Digital Photography School uses his DiskStation with LR here.
Which device should I get?
Because photographers are often dealing with very large files, we recommend the plus series. However, this question always varies depending on your usage. See our NAS selector, or contact our presales team for further assistance.
What do I do if my drive fills up?
Unlike external hard drives, Synology units allow you to add more drives, plug in an expansion unit (on select models), or replace smaller drives with larger drives (2TB with a 4Tb). This helps keep all your data in one centralized place.
Do I need to carry the NAS with me?
Nope! That’s one great thing about Synology NAS devices- you can set up remote access, then access your files from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection. This includes Mac, PC, Linux, as well as mobile devices like iOS, Android, and Windows phones.