The Digital Photography and RVing series will now focus on the final step of digital photography: Sharing photos.
The other half is sharing your images with family and friends. Once an image is the way you want it, there are numerous ways to display and share it:
- Print your own photos on quality photo paper
- Have your photos printed at a photo kiosk, or submit your images to an online photo print website; try different photo printing services and see which one you like best and keep your eye out for special offers and deals
- Email photos to friends or family members
- Post your photos on a social network site such as Facebook, Pineterest, or Google+
- Copy photos to a CD or DVD
- Upload the photos to a Photo Gallery
One of the best ways to share digital photos is to upload them to a Photo Gallery.
Photo sharing sites are often free, but some charge a monthly or annual subscription fee. Some subscription sites have a limited free version. Some free sites use photo sharing as a means to get users to order prints or other photo-embellished merchandise such as mouse pads and coffee mugs.
Popular photo sharing sites include: Picasa. If you use Picasa to organize and edit your photos then Picasa Web Albums is an ideal choice.
The site offers 1GB of storage on a free account and you can publish photos from Picasa to your web album with one click of the mouse. I use Picasa as my photo sharing site. It allows you to upload photo albums and determine who can view those albums.
Flickr from Yahoo is the most popular photo-sharing site. Flickr is the big one; everyone’s heard of it and the site has over 3 billion photos.
Think of it as a social-networking site for photo enthusiasts. You can connect with other members and join groups. You’ll also find discussion boards.
Since it’s owned by Yahoo, you’ll first require a Yahoo account. A basic account is free and allows you to upload 2 videos and 100MB of photos per month. A Pro account costs $24.95/year and allows unlimited photo and video uploading and unlimited storage, plus you can upload high-res originals and use Flickr to archive them.
Photobucket. Probably best known for photo gifts and prints, Photobucket has been around since 2003 and boasts 25 million visitors per month in the U.S. alone. It’s free account offers up to 1GB of space for photos and videos combined and up to 25GB of traffic per month. A Pro account costs $24.95/year and provides unlimited storage, plus 10 percent discount on prints and photo products.
Snapfish. Snapfish offers 20 FREE 4×6 mail-order prints with your first upload. Snapfish, a division of HP claims to be the number one online photo service, with more than 90 million members in over 20 countries and 2 billion unique photos stored online.
With Snapfish, you’ll enjoy secure, unlimited online photo sharing and storage, prints for as low as 9 cents each, over 100 customizable photo gifts, from display-quality photo books and posters to photo mugs and jewelry, free online photo editing tools.
Shutterfly. Excellent customer service makes Shutterfly a good choice for new users of online photo services. You can also send invitations to family and friends to look at your images. You can create a customized site with free, unlimited storage.
Shutterfly offers prints, photo books, greeting cards, and dozens of photo gifts suitable for any occasion but it doesn’t require purchases. It says it has never deleted a photo.
Kodak Gallery was a popular site until it closed July 2, 2012 when it announced that Shutterfly would now provide photo services for former Kodak Gallery customers including moving all Kodak Gallery photos to Shutterfly.
Fotolog. Fotolog claims to be the world’s leading photo-blogging site and one of the world’s largest social networking sites. More than 22 million members in over 200 countries use Fotolog as a simple and fun way to express themselves through online photo diaries or photo blogs.
Phanfare. Phanfare, a subscription-based service offers a 14-day free trial.
A photograph that has not been shared or at least printed is almost an unexistent photograph, is almost an untaken picture.