Each year I contemplate moving my photo library to iCloud. Security, privacy being main concerns. My main issues are: 1. How do I "take my photos out" if I decide to leave? This one being like number one. Online services are failing all the time and each time something big goes down I look at my trustworthy Synology NAS and think this is never ever ever going away. Being left with an unusable "library file" or 100.000 weirdly renamed files with EXIF stripped away is a no-no. For now my Apple experience in this regard has been pretty appalling (iTunes libraries, etc.). 2. How does it handle 300GB amount of photos and videos? 3. How does face-recog compare to Google Photos? Hope not like Siri. My current setup. Pretty bulletproof in my opinion. - I use stock camera app, DJI app and Filmic Pro. Try to aggregate everything in camera roll. - Google Photos (free tier, compressed) takes care of primary backup. I also mainly use it to browse my photos. - Every 6M or so I dump all recent photos to my Synology into the Dropbox folder and it uploads them (originals) to the cloud. They are accessible there, and I have all 300GB of them sorted by years. They also get backuped to external hard drive (two of them, incremental) every 6M. Google Photos are nice, but I would prefer to move the browsing experience to Apple Photos. Even when browsing current photos on my Phone it seems much nicer. Still it's just 6 months of photos and everything is on the phone. No idea what will happen if I fill it up with 300GB, most of it being in the cloud. I would really appreciate any comments, ideas, experiences how you handle your photo libraries. I always try to compare this to really bullet-proof paper photo albums and for me a digital solution has to be as good as that. In 10, 20, 30 years I want to have absolute access to this data, barring some global cataclysm.