What’s your favorite site for finding and sharing photos?

    by Mark Glaser
    July 31, 2006

    Digital technology has changed forever the way we take photos, share them, and print them out. Before, we had to buy 35mm film and pay to get the film developed. Now we can use powerful digital cameras that have no film and allow us to print only the best photos with our own photo printers. Plus, we can post photos online at sites such as Flickr and Shutterfly to share with friends or the world. So tell us which photo sites you like to visit either to see great photography, or to share your own photos. Why do you like the site, and what features set it apart? As a bonus, tell us what features you would like that don’t exist yet. Share your thoughts in the comments, and I’ll run the best ones in the next Your Take Roundup.

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    11 responses to “What’s your favorite site for finding and sharing photos?”

    1. Chris says:

      You’ve heard those stories that start with “(product) changed my life!”?

      Well, I’m a huge Flickr addict because in many ways it changed my life. When I got my free account and started posting my photos there, I was energetic, but very raw. Seeing other’s works, learning from the EXIF data, asking questions, commenting on others photos and being part of a supportive community lifted my confidence to a point that I felt I could start my own weekend/evening photography business.

      I can’t say that about any other website, that’s for sure.


    2. Johnny says:

      I found a brand new site called PICTUB that I’ve been using religiously. Since they are new, a lot of features are still in the works (no search engine, tagging, or blogging), but they have better support for my cellphone pics than any of the sites I’ve used. They even have an interface to create an HTML table that will show your most recently uploaded cell phone pic on your personal website or profile on another site (like MySpace or LiveJournal). Great organization and UI, and there’s a basic “workshop” for adding text to pictures and applying basic image filters (colorize, grayscale, invert). The workshop still looks like it’s “in development” though.

    3. Flickr is the only photo site for me. More importantly, it’s the quintessential community site.

      The combination of groups, clusters, tags and their “secret sauce” (the Interestingness formula) inspires and brings people together world-wide. I have contacts from all over the world, I don’t speak their language and they don’t speak mine, yet our images speak the words we don’t have.

    4. rosemary du mont says:

      I use Snapfish. It is easy to use and it seems to be the site that my friends use. I find it to be user friendly. that being said, I initially tried using Kodak’s site, because I have a Kodak digital camera. However, I do not find it to be user friendly. I am a neophyte digital photographer and honestly, could not get my pictures to upload easily to the Kodak site. With some struggle I did create a nice album on the Kodak site, before I switched to Snapfish.

    5. I have been using Snapfish for a little more than a year. I tried the Kodak site and I found it a bit clunky. Snapfish was easier to use and like doing business with a site owner by HP. Some of the people I have shared with have resisted registering and I had to coach a couple of others through the steps required to register.

      I posted a number of family and friends albums last summer and they got use by people on three continents. After my 40th high school reunion last summer I consolidated pictures from two other classmates with mine and put them on Snapfish as albums. This was a fast way to get the pictures out until I could add them to our class website. (gchsclassof1965.com) It was bit of a hassle to give access to my classmates but not much.

      I have ordered prints from Snapfish a couple of times and find them to be of very high quality. Speed of delivery has not been a problem. I do not use the editing tools they offer.

      Lately, I have been trying Yahoo photos. The quality there seems to be fine and I think allowing other people access will be easier.

    6. barbara says:

      Flickr mostly, but tabblo is very nice for making sets of photos to share with people. I love to upload photos to flickr and show people how quickly they are posted.

    7. I tend to use flickr, although I have been looking at some of the mo’blogging properties such as Vizrea. I used flickr for the ease of importing pictures into my blog and that it was Mac friendly which many of the other alternatives aren’t.

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    9. Luke says:

      etribes is a popular UK-based service that provdes a really simple, clean photo-sharing service with unlimited galleries and 10 GB of storage. You can password protect your photos (or galleries) – so that friends can view them securely – or make them completely private (i.e. photo backup for your PC). A full etribes account, which includes you own personal website and lots more features, costs $40 (24) a year.

    10. Kristine says:

      I’m more of a “do it yourselfer” and perfer to create my own photo web site rather than use online services. I like Web Gallery Wizard software (www.webgallerywizard.com) because it’s easy to use, holds as many photos as I need, and it looks great. I also like the security of having my photos on my own computer, and the upload is quick.

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