Best way to share photos online for newbies?

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Dec 9th, 2005, 05:41 AM
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Best way to share photos online for newbies?

DH & I will start sorting through all of our digital images from Tanzania this weekend. At home we have a Mac with iPhoto although we haven't used it very much and have never put our photos online anyplace. I noticed quite a few people here on Fodors put their photos on Kodak's Easyshare Gallery website or Shutterfly.com or other such sites. Has anyone done any comparison shopping of these types of websites and does anyone have any thoughts on which sites are best? Which ones are easiest to use? Any cost considerations? Also I noticed some people actually post photos on their own websites. We have never even considered this but I was wondering how complicated that would be, how much it costs, etc. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Dec 9th, 2005, 06:17 AM
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Personally I think Flickr is the best free photo sharing site online these days. You can tag your photos to make searching easy, stream them using RSS and also make them public or private so only invited people can see them. very very easy to upload and organise your photos.

www.flickr.com

What does everyone else think?

I have my own website on which I use Gallery 2. You can also take a look at that and see if it suits you should you be inclined to set up your own site. It take a little bit of technical knowledge to set it up but not too much. If i can do it, anyone can!!!

www.mcdougalladventures.com

Let me know if you would like more information.
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Dec 9th, 2005, 12:21 PM
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Lisa,

Take a look at pbase.com -- it is not free, but for $25 a year, you get to share your images with people all over the world, many of whom will leave helpful comments and suggestions for you. You can also upload your images in many different sizes, so that details in your pictures can be more easily seen. You can also choose from a number of different display formats or templates. There is no advertising or promotion, either.

Take a look at my teaching site there at http://www.pbase.com/pnd1 and feel free to ask me any questions.

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Dec 9th, 2005, 04:16 PM
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Dec 10th, 2005, 08:48 AM
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The main reason for many of us here using Kodak Gallery is that a few of us who first shared photos used Ofoto (which got bought out and is now Kodak Gallery) and when others needed help in getting their pics online, it made sense for us to guide them to the same site.

I also use flickr and pbase.

I'm not sure one is easier than the other but bear in mind that if you upload large resolution images to kodak that not only can you order prints of them but others can too and you won't receive a penny. I only load low resolution images for this reason and get my own prints done elsewhere.

Pbase and Flickr don't sell prints in this way so not such a big issue.
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Dec 10th, 2005, 11:02 AM
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www.ringo.com is good free and it is up to you who you share your photos with.

Photos of my travels and other stuff
http://www.franceinfocus.net/vlc6.html
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Dec 10th, 2005, 01:38 PM
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I've had good luck with www.smugmug.com.

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Dec 12th, 2005, 11:21 AM
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I'm also a pbase user, and have been quite happy with the service. As others have noted, smugmug and flickr are the other two major photo sharing websites out there that tend to get good reviews. Smugmug is notable for its facilities to print and sell your photos.

Another option is to look at Apple's .mac accounts. For $99 a year, you get website space and other tools. It's kind of pricey compared to the other services, but it does offer greater ease of use since it integrates well with iPhoto. You can import and arrange your photos as you like in iPhoto and simply push the Publish button to get them online at your .Mac account.

Do you already have your own website? If so, I believe many imaging applications have functions to generate a web gallery. I believe iPhoto does, as does the various versions of Photoshop. The application could generate the web pages for you already, and you would just integrate those into your existing website.

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Jan 2nd, 2006, 12:06 PM
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Just wanted to say thanks to everybody for all of the suggestions and also to lifelist for suggesting the .mac account. I didn't know anything about it. After looking into all of the advice here (I really liked the pbase site too by the way), I decided to set up a free trial homepage on .mac for 60 days. So far I am really happy with it, mainly because it's so easy to use for someone like me with very little technical know-how. If anyone wants to check it out, it's at www.homepage.mac.com/lisaandmarktravel
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