Photo sharing sites; which one? (Follows on from "Nice new thread")

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Alan K., Oct 8, 2006.

  1. Alan K.

    Alan K. Guest

    Toward the end of "Nice new thread", the question of photo sharing
    sites came up.

    This is something that I've been giving some thought to myself
    recently, as I think it's about time to put some of my shots out there
    as well. The question is, which one to go for?

    Unlike some the parasitic attitude of "I deserve everything for free"
    holds no appeal to me, so I'm quite happy to pay for the service; and
    indeed would prefer to make a reasonable contribution for a reasonable
    return.

    Browsing through the Help / FAQ pages of the four sites that I'm most
    familiar with has resulted in the list of features below. On balance
    Flickr appears to offer the best combination of features and value,
    though I'd be interested in hearing the first hand experience of
    anyone who has used one or more of them; pluses and minuses.
    (Corrections and additions to the following list are welcome as it's
    possible that this thread may be Googled some day by someone else with
    the same question):

    Flickr
    --------
    Allows viewer comments.
    Allows privacy levels for both showing photos and allowing viewer
    comments.
    Stores multiple photo sizes.
    Allows notes and tags on specific parts of the photo.
    Doesn't seem to include Exif information, except perhaps as part of a
    caption. (Not sure of that.)
    Allows separate albums through Flickr Organizr
    Allows group photo pools.
    Not sure whether it offers hit counters or other stats.
    Free account limit 20 meg of uploads per month and 3 photo sets
    (galleries).
    Pro account 2 Gig per month with unlimited storage, bandwidth and
    photo sets, $US24.95 per annum.
    Damn ugly pink and blue motif which, I grant you, probably isn't much
    of an issue.

    PBase
    ------------
    Allows comments.
    Allows comments to be limited to users or subscribers.
    Allows password protected galleries, but warns on the Terms of Service
    page that it's possible for people to circumvent these. (Not sure
    whether that's just a precautionary "no web site is 100% unhackable"
    comment, or whether they know of specific issues.)
    Also allows non-public galleries which don't show in your gallery
    list.
    Generates a small, medium and large image upon upload. (Help/Image
    page)
    Can include Exif information in tabular format.
    Has a hit counter.
    No free accounts aside from a 30 day trial account which is limited to
    10 meg of space and can be terminated after 30 days.
    $US23 per annum for 400 Meg of storage, $US60 per year for 1.2Gig.

    ShutterCity
    ----------------
    Allows viewer comments.
    Doesn't seem to limit comments, and they can only be removed by sys
    admins.
    Doesn't seem to have multiple galleries or private galleries.
    Lots of unexplained icons and number codes in the gallery view.
    Shows Exif data in the heading section of the page.
    Maximum file size 150k.
    Offers statistics on number of hits.
    Accounts are free but donations are encouraged.
    Appears to be an enthusiast-run site, which is great... but it shows
    IMHO.

    Photo.Net
    -----------------
    Allows viewer comments.
    Doesn't seem to limit comments to (eg) registered users.
    Doesn't seem to allow private galleries.
    Allows Exif data to be shown in a Details table.
    Maximum file size 100k, 800*600
    You're asked to subscribe at $25pa (presumably USD) "if you
    participate heavily", which is a little vague and doesn't seem to
    offer any real incentive in terms of additional features.
     
    Alan K., Oct 8, 2006
    #1
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  2. Alan K.

    Joan Guest

    Flickr: EXIF is visible if present. Click on More Properties when
    viewing a photo page.
    Flickr shows the view count per photo and also the count of people who
    have marked a photo as a favourite. You can also see who made it a
    favourite, but not who viewed it.

    Also for flickr there is an internal mail system.

    There is a free control available that allows programatic access to
    Flickr and is used by the guy that owns this web site.
    http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/

    Flickr has a Contact system where contacts can be marked as just that
    or they can be friends or family. Photo privacy uses these
    attributes.

    Flickr Groups are a whole subject in themselves.


    --
    Joan
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/joan-in-manly

    : Toward the end of "Nice new thread", the question of photo sharing
    : sites came up.
    :
    : This is something that I've been giving some thought to myself
    : recently, as I think it's about time to put some of my shots out
    there
    : as well. The question is, which one to go for?
    :
    : Unlike some the parasitic attitude of "I deserve everything for
    free"
    : holds no appeal to me, so I'm quite happy to pay for the service;
    and
    : indeed would prefer to make a reasonable contribution for a
    reasonable
    : return.
    :
    : Browsing through the Help / FAQ pages of the four sites that I'm
    most
    : familiar with has resulted in the list of features below. On balance
    : Flickr appears to offer the best combination of features and value,
    : though I'd be interested in hearing the first hand experience of
    : anyone who has used one or more of them; pluses and minuses.
    : (Corrections and additions to the following list are welcome as it's
    : possible that this thread may be Googled some day by someone else
    with
    : the same question):
    :
    : Flickr
    : --------
    : Allows viewer comments.
    : Allows privacy levels for both showing photos and allowing viewer
    : comments.
    : Stores multiple photo sizes.
    : Allows notes and tags on specific parts of the photo.
    : Doesn't seem to include Exif information, except perhaps as part of
    a
    : caption. (Not sure of that.)
    : Allows separate albums through Flickr Organizr
    : Allows group photo pools.
    : Not sure whether it offers hit counters or other stats.
    : Free account limit 20 meg of uploads per month and 3 photo sets
    : (galleries).
    : Pro account 2 Gig per month with unlimited storage, bandwidth and
    : photo sets, $US24.95 per annum.
    : Damn ugly pink and blue motif which, I grant you, probably isn't
    much
    : of an issue.
    :
    : PBase
    : ------------
    : Allows comments.
    : Allows comments to be limited to users or subscribers.
    : Allows password protected galleries, but warns on the Terms of
    Service
    : page that it's possible for people to circumvent these. (Not sure
    : whether that's just a precautionary "no web site is 100% unhackable"
    : comment, or whether they know of specific issues.)
    : Also allows non-public galleries which don't show in your gallery
    : list.
    : Generates a small, medium and large image upon upload. (Help/Image
    : page)
    : Can include Exif information in tabular format.
    : Has a hit counter.
    : No free accounts aside from a 30 day trial account which is limited
    to
    : 10 meg of space and can be terminated after 30 days.
    : $US23 per annum for 400 Meg of storage, $US60 per year for 1.2Gig.
    :
    : ShutterCity
    : ----------------
    : Allows viewer comments.
    : Doesn't seem to limit comments, and they can only be removed by sys
    : admins.
    : Doesn't seem to have multiple galleries or private galleries.
    : Lots of unexplained icons and number codes in the gallery view.
    : Shows Exif data in the heading section of the page.
    : Maximum file size 150k.
    : Offers statistics on number of hits.
    : Accounts are free but donations are encouraged.
    : Appears to be an enthusiast-run site, which is great... but it shows
    : IMHO.
    :
    : Photo.Net
    : -----------------
    : Allows viewer comments.
    : Doesn't seem to limit comments to (eg) registered users.
    : Doesn't seem to allow private galleries.
    : Allows Exif data to be shown in a Details table.
    : Maximum file size 100k, 800*600
    : You're asked to subscribe at $25pa (presumably USD) "if you
    : participate heavily", which is a little vague and doesn't seem to
    : offer any real incentive in terms of additional features.
     
    Joan, Oct 8, 2006
    #2
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  3. Alan K.

    boris Guest



    G'day Alan. For $60/year you can get an account at http://www.smugmug.com/

    I have used them since inception about 4 years ago & i would be hard pressed
    to find a better support base or site that has the customisation that it
    has. Here is a sample of the type of support offered.
    http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=26043

    My 2 bob anyway.
    Cheers mate Boris.
     
    boris, Oct 8, 2006
    #3
  4. Alan K.

    Joan Guest

    Also if you pay flickr, you can browse ad free.

    --
    Joan
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/joan-in-manly

    : Flickr: EXIF is visible if present. Click on More Properties when
    : viewing a photo page.
    : Flickr shows the view count per photo and also the count of people
    who
    : have marked a photo as a favourite. You can also see who made it a
    : favourite, but not who viewed it.
    :
    : Also for flickr there is an internal mail system.
    :
    : There is a free control available that allows programatic access to
    : Flickr and is used by the guy that owns this web site.
    : http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/
    :
    : Flickr has a Contact system where contacts can be marked as just
    that
    : or they can be friends or family. Photo privacy uses these
    : attributes.
    :
    : Flickr Groups are a whole subject in themselves.
    :
    :
    : --
    : Joan
    : http://www.flickr.com/photos/joan-in-manly
    :
    : :: Toward the end of "Nice new thread", the question of photo sharing
    :: sites came up.
    ::
    :: This is something that I've been giving some thought to myself
    :: recently, as I think it's about time to put some of my shots out
    : there
    :: as well. The question is, which one to go for?
    ::
    :: Unlike some the parasitic attitude of "I deserve everything for
    : free"
    :: holds no appeal to me, so I'm quite happy to pay for the service;
    : and
    :: indeed would prefer to make a reasonable contribution for a
    : reasonable
    :: return.
    ::
    :: Browsing through the Help / FAQ pages of the four sites that I'm
    : most
    :: familiar with has resulted in the list of features below. On
    balance
    :: Flickr appears to offer the best combination of features and value,
    :: though I'd be interested in hearing the first hand experience of
    :: anyone who has used one or more of them; pluses and minuses.
    :: (Corrections and additions to the following list are welcome as
    it's
    :: possible that this thread may be Googled some day by someone else
    : with
    :: the same question):
    ::
    :: Flickr
    :: --------
    :: Allows viewer comments.
    :: Allows privacy levels for both showing photos and allowing viewer
    :: comments.
    :: Stores multiple photo sizes.
    :: Allows notes and tags on specific parts of the photo.
    :: Doesn't seem to include Exif information, except perhaps as part of
    : a
    :: caption. (Not sure of that.)
    :: Allows separate albums through Flickr Organizr
    :: Allows group photo pools.
    :: Not sure whether it offers hit counters or other stats.
    :: Free account limit 20 meg of uploads per month and 3 photo sets
    :: (galleries).
    :: Pro account 2 Gig per month with unlimited storage, bandwidth and
    :: photo sets, $US24.95 per annum.
    :: Damn ugly pink and blue motif which, I grant you, probably isn't
    : much
    :: of an issue.
    ::
    :: PBase
    :: ------------
    :: Allows comments.
    :: Allows comments to be limited to users or subscribers.
    :: Allows password protected galleries, but warns on the Terms of
    : Service
    :: page that it's possible for people to circumvent these. (Not sure
    :: whether that's just a precautionary "no web site is 100%
    unhackable"
    :: comment, or whether they know of specific issues.)
    :: Also allows non-public galleries which don't show in your gallery
    :: list.
    :: Generates a small, medium and large image upon upload. (Help/Image
    :: page)
    :: Can include Exif information in tabular format.
    :: Has a hit counter.
    :: No free accounts aside from a 30 day trial account which is limited
    : to
    :: 10 meg of space and can be terminated after 30 days.
    :: $US23 per annum for 400 Meg of storage, $US60 per year for 1.2Gig.
    ::
    :: ShutterCity
    :: ----------------
    :: Allows viewer comments.
    :: Doesn't seem to limit comments, and they can only be removed by sys
    :: admins.
    :: Doesn't seem to have multiple galleries or private galleries.
    :: Lots of unexplained icons and number codes in the gallery view.
    :: Shows Exif data in the heading section of the page.
    :: Maximum file size 150k.
    :: Offers statistics on number of hits.
    :: Accounts are free but donations are encouraged.
    :: Appears to be an enthusiast-run site, which is great... but it
    shows
    :: IMHO.
    ::
    :: Photo.Net
    :: -----------------
    :: Allows viewer comments.
    :: Doesn't seem to limit comments to (eg) registered users.
    :: Doesn't seem to allow private galleries.
    :: Allows Exif data to be shown in a Details table.
    :: Maximum file size 100k, 800*600
    :: You're asked to subscribe at $25pa (presumably USD) "if you
    :: participate heavily", which is a little vague and doesn't seem to
    :: offer any real incentive in terms of additional features.
    :
     
    Joan, Oct 8, 2006
    #4
  5. Alan K.

    Alan K. Guest

    Thanks Joan.
     
    Alan K., Oct 8, 2006
    #5
  6. Alan K.

    Alan K. Guest

    Thanks Boris. That site is more expensive, but does appear to be more
    feature rich. I admit to being tempted. For reference, I've included a
    block similar to those in my earlier post:

    SmugMug
    ------------------
    Standard account $USD39.95 per year (unlimited storage, 6Gigabytes of
    transfers per month), Power Users $USD 59.95 per year (unlimited
    storage, 12 Gigabytes of transfers per month), Professional $USD149.95
    (no limits).
    Allows comments and allows user to regulate them.
    Allows private and passworded galleries.
    Includes hit stats.
    Customisable gallery interface (completely customisable for power
    users)
    Exif can be displayed in a pop-up window.
     
    Alan K., Oct 8, 2006
    #6
  7. Alan K.

    rose Guest

    Has anyone tried photosite? www.photosite.com It's used quite extensively by
    portrait photographers in the US for online proofing, and seems moderately
    customable, and is quite inexpensive.

    Rose
     
    rose, Oct 8, 2006
    #7
  8. Alan K.

    phototext Guest

    phototext, Oct 10, 2006
    #8
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