Photo Sharing Site or Blog?

Old May 25th, 2011, 01:19 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 25
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Photo Sharing Site or Blog?

Am traveling to Paris and Belgium next month. Would like to find a way to share photos and descriptions of our activities with family and close friends back home. I've been reading a ton of trip reports on this site and everyone seems to use a lot of different sites to post photos/reports.

Any suggestions? I'm not a computer whiz and don't want to spend a lot of time doing this while in Europe. Just some place to drop a few pics and notes for family to see while we are away. I don't want to post anything about our trip on a site like Facebook - some kind of site where I can regulate who sees the postings and who doesn't.

THANKS!
Terri
OUTinkerbelle is offline  
Old May 25th, 2011, 01:43 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 4,248
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I'm a little confused by your last sentence - do you want the site to be open to the public, or do you want your postings private? Facebook, if you set the settings correctly, is limited to viewing by only your Facebook friends (or even fewer people, if you use a list, though most people don't really use that functionality).

I use Flickr and love it. I think it's the easiest site for people to view your photos - no registration required and there's an easy slide show button. You can also limit who views the photos, but your friends/family will need to create an account.

It does depend on whether you want to emphasize the photos or the text, though. If you plan to do mostly typing with a few pictures, or mostly pictures with captions? If the former, a site like Blogger or Wordpress might be better.
jent103 is offline  
Old May 25th, 2011, 01:44 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,657
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Actually, you can regulate who sees your posts on Facebook, but it takes a lot of time to set up your security settings (and attention because they often change or add something new).

You might be best served by setting up a simple blog that you can upload photos to. That way you can control access to just your friends and family. I've been going to set up a blog for ages, but never got around to it.

I've HAVE used KodakGallery for years, which isn't a blog, but you can upload photos with captions and add some notes about your doings. You only invite the people you want to see your photos to do so.
uhoh_busted is offline  
Old May 25th, 2011, 02:09 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,588
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Wordpress for a blog with photos, Flickr fop just photos
alihutch is offline  
Old May 25th, 2011, 02:53 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 6,818
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Tinkerbelle:
I've been very happy with Picasa to carry my photos. Lately I've been scanning many old pre-digital pix from dozens of locations. The editing functions on Picasa are great, too. Makes a decent pic out of a bad one...as an amateur that appeals to me. Captioning can help you tell a little story for each pic.
stu
tower is offline  
Old May 25th, 2011, 03:00 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 304
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
bookmarking
nz101 is offline  
Old May 25th, 2011, 03:59 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 638
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
agree about Picasa - great ability to edit as stated above. take a look
Susan
Suspaul is offline  
Old May 25th, 2011, 04:17 PM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 14,909
Likes: 0
Received 11 Likes on 4 Posts
Take a look at the different ones people have used in the trip reports you liked. You can take a look at the sites for the ones you think will best work for you.
Nikki is online now  
Old May 26th, 2011, 07:21 AM
  #9  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 25
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks for all the advice! Sorry - I re-read my post and it was confusing. I don't want to post anything on Facebook and I do want to limit the viewing to family and a few close friends. I think a blog is more what I'm looking for.

uhoh-busted, I've also used Kodak gallery to upload photos and send to family members out of state/country but I was hoping for something a little more for this trip.

Am going to look into Picasa.

Nikki - you are right, I need to go back to the trip reports and pick a few that I like and looking into those sites as well.

Thanks bunches everyone!
OUTinkerbelle is offline  
Old May 26th, 2011, 07:53 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 6,142
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I love Flickr - it's easy to upload stuff, generous allowance, and easy and to later organise sets of pics, galleries etc - and it links into a site that lets you produce cards, calenders and so on from your own pics.

I have posted a link on another thread to some pictures I took in Esat Anglia recently - that will give you an indication of the layout/appearance of Flickr if you want to see it.
RM67 is offline  
Old May 26th, 2011, 08:22 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 7
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
There is some personal preference here--websites such as:
www.picasa.com (my least favorite)
www.flickr.com (most favorite)
www.facebook.com allows creation of albums

Something to note, with any of the above you can then make a travel photo book of your journey afterward. Using Picasa, you can only make THEIR books, and they are very restrictive of layout/content. Here's the thing with Picasa-- If you don't wnat to be artistic about your photos/management/end products after the trip--then this site is for you. It's upload and you're done...

If you want to make a personalized photobook after your trip, or calendar, or any number of products--I'd use flickr.com. Companies like Mixbook.com allow you to download your photos from flickr to their site and use them in calendars and books with many many different themes, 'stickers' and other things to personalize your book. (this is what i like).

So it depends on your needs now and in the future. All the sites compress your photos, and you can email a link to your friends and family to access your pictures during your trip.

Happy travels!
KrisTiki is offline  
Old May 26th, 2011, 09:08 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 9,540
Likes: 0
Received 21 Likes on 2 Posts
If you have a MAC, you can create your own website on MobileMe. This is mine. You can incorporate trip reports, photo slide shows and videos.

http://travelswithmaitaitom.com/

maitaitom is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Old_dude
Africa & the Middle East
4
Jun 11th, 2010 02:28 PM
thit_cho
Caribbean Islands
7
Oct 20th, 2009 03:09 PM
amycyma
Africa & the Middle East
10
Jun 14th, 2009 06:49 PM
SnRSeattle
Travel Tips & Trip Ideas
10
Nov 28th, 2007 04:00 PM
StCirq
Europe
12
Apr 15th, 2004 07:55 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:37 AM.