Photo Sharing Sites

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Jeff, May 22, 2006.

  1. Jeff

    Jeff Guest

    I'm new to photosharing over the internet. I've gotten tired of sending
    large attachments to friends and relatives, and would like to place the
    photos somewhere and then let them go look for themselves, and if they
    want to, download digital copies (the same resolutions that I have, not
    reduced). In other words, it would be a way to transfer digital photos
    from me to them. Neither I nor they care about ordering prints or photo
    editing tools. If we have the original digital files, we can do that.

    I've been looking at places like Flickr, Yahoo Photos, Koday Easy Share,
    Snapfish, Photobucket, Picasa, and Shutterfly. Kodak (Ofoto?) seems to
    display the largest size pictures on their site, which is nice for
    viewing, but I don't think even they work in such a way that I can use
    their site to place original for others to download.

    None of the sites give enough information, some more than others, and the
    only way to see how they operate is to join. I also wonder how these
    programs affect my pc. I think Kodak (or Picasa?) drops little thumbnail
    or index files in every one of the photo folders it finds on my hard
    drive, if I decide to let it search my hard drive.

    Should I be looking at something like pBase? I don't mind paying
    something reasonable.

    TIA
     
    Jeff, May 22, 2006
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  2. Flickr is free with some limitations. If you like it you can pay $24.95
    / year and have the limitations removed. The main limitations are only
    being able to easily access the last 200 photos you uploaded, seeing
    them at a resolution no higher than 1024, being limited to three albums
    (Flickr calls them sets), being limited to an upload bandwidth of 20mb
    (no limit on download bandwidth) and seeing ads. If you pay the fee, you
    can see all the photos up to the resolution you uploaded them, have as
    many albums as you want, limited to 2GB of upload bandwidth and you
    don't see any ads.
     
    Barry L. Wallis, May 22, 2006
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  3. Jeff

    Mark² Guest

    www.pbase.com

    You can upload the full res original to your heart's content...at a
    reasonable price...and it will automatically create large/medium/small
    versions of it so that on-line viewing is easier.
     
    Mark², May 22, 2006
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  4. Jeff

    Jeff Guest

    Sounds reasonable, and like it might fit the bill.
    Thank you
     
    Jeff, May 22, 2006
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  5. ....snip...

    Get thee hence to fototime. http://www.fototime.com

    /M
     
    Moro Grubb of Little Delving, May 22, 2006
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  6. Dropload is free, and applies to all files, not just photos. You upload the
    file(s) and they inform your friends, who can then download them within a
    set time period, after which they will be deleted.
     
    Dennis Pogson, May 22, 2006
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  7. Jeff

    Jeff Guest

    Jeff, May 23, 2006
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  8. Jeff

    Jeff Guest

    Wow. Thanks for all the good references. I'll be checking them all out
    over the next few days. If anyone has any other comments on the sites
    given so far, please add them. Or, if anyone has any other sites to
    recommend, please do so.

    Thanks again!
     
    Jeff, May 23, 2006
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  9. Jeff

    Freda Guest

    The option for images to be recompressed in Fotopic can be switched off,
    I've been using Fotopic for 3 years now and have got about 1000 images
    stored in various galleries on there. It's fully customisable and completely
    free up to the 250MB limit, plus more space can be purchased for a nominal
    amount is desired.

    My main gallery is http://blackpooltrams.fotopic.net
     
    Freda, May 23, 2006
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  10. Jeff

    Bruce Lewis Guest

    I designed ourdoings.com for sharing with friends and relatives, by
    people who don't have a lot of time for organizing, at full resolution
    if you wish. There's an email update feature that sends HTML-formatted
    mail with thumbnails, attachment-free.
    Sites that accept uploads of zip files (at least pbase and
    ourdoings.com, likely others) do not require you to install software on
    your computers. I do have some non-invasive batch files and a Unix
    script that can be used to shrink and pack photos for upload.
    Good thinking. He who holds the purse pulls the strings. If
    advertising is the business model, the site will cater to advertisers
    over users.

    My site is guilty of you have to join to see how they operate, but you
    don't have to provide any credit card, etc. for the first 7 days. I am
    designing a demo. Here's the rough draft:


    ourdoings.com is for you if

    o Your digital photos tell a story.
    o You can find them on your computer.
    o You want to share them.
    o You are considerate of people you share with.
    o You want to spend little time organizing.

    [Show Me]

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


    Assume you chose photos to share, packed them in a zip file, and
    uploaded that file to ourdoings.com.

    You don't have to make such a zip file now. We have stock photos for
    demonstration.

    If, by chance you do already have photos in a zip file, upload it using
    the form below. You can also upload a single JPEG file, or just leave
    the form below blank.

    ______________ Browse Leave blank unless you have photos of your own to
    use for the demo.

    Start Demo

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _New Entry_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _UPLOAD PHOTOS_ _Draft Entries/Photos_ _Personal Info_

    When you upload a photo file, you immediately see thumbnails of all
    the files you uploaded. They are not published immediately. This can
    be helpful if you upload the wrong photos.

    If they were the right photos, you would next go to the draft photos
    page. All not-yet-published photos that have been uploaded this time
    or previously are there. Look at the links at the top of this page
    and figure out how to get to the draft photos page.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _New Entry_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/PHOTOS_ _Personal Info_

    This is the draft photos page. Normally you click on a date on this
    page, make a news entry for that date illustrated by its photos, and
    continue until you've published all your photos. Digital photos have
    an invisible time stamp that ourdoings.com takes advantage of. In
    this way your photos organize themselves.

    Click on the first date below to start publishing your photos.


    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _New Entry_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/PHOTOS_ _Personal Info_

    Most of the time you'll click on the "new entry" link below. Later
    other options will be demonstrated. For now, find the "new entry"
    link below and follow it.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _NEW ENTRY_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/Photos_ _Personal Info_

    Here you type some text describing what happened the day of these
    photos. Notice how much easier this is than captioning every photo.
    To speed up the demo, some text is supplied below. Feel free to
    replace it with your own text, so long as you leave the date.

    Click the "Publish" button below.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _NEW ENTRY_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/Photos_ _Personal Info_

    You've published illustrated news! Now find the draft photos link
    above and publish the next set of photos.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _New Entry_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/PHOTOS_ _Personal Info_

    This is the draft photos page. Normally you click on a date on this
    page, make a news entry for that date illustrated by its photos, and
    continue until you've published all your photos. Digital photos have
    an invisible time stamp that ourdoings.com takes advantage of. In
    this way your photos organize themselves.

    Click on the first date below to publish more photos.


    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _New Entry_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/PHOTOS_ _Personal Info_

    This time, like most of the time, the next step is to follow the "new
    entry" link below.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _NEW ENTRY_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/Photos_ _Personal Info_

    Nothing new here. Just click the "Publish" button below.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _NEW ENTRY_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/Photos_ _Personal Info_

    You've published more news and gotten a feel for how timestamps help
    digital photos organize themselves.

    If you've seen enough of the demo, try the "Upload Photos" with your
    own photos.

    If you're wondering what happens when photos from different days
    should be part of the same news entry, find the draft photos link
    above.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _New Entry_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/PHOTOS_ _Personal Info_

    The next date has only one photo. It's connected to what happened the
    next day and shouldn't really be published separately.

    Click on the next date anyway and you'll learn something new.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _New Entry_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/PHOTOS_ _Personal Info_

    This time you don't want to create a new entry. You want to connect
    it to an entry you've already published. Follow the link above for
    published entries.


    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _New Entry_ _PUBLISHED ENTRIES_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/Photos_ _Personal Info_

    Find the news entry that should have the photo you just marked. Click
    on the date next to it to make changes.


    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _New Entry_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/Photos_ _Personal Info_

    The only change you need to make is to add the new illustration, and
    the box to the right is already marked. Find the "Save Changes"
    button and click it.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _New Entry_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/Photos_ _Personal Info_

    Having saved the change, you get to see what the entry looks like
    below, and if you wanted to make other changes you could click on the
    date again. For now, just go back to the draft photos page.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _New Entry_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/PHOTOS_ _Personal Info_

    If you want to see how to split one day's news entry into two for the
    same day, click the next date below.

    If you've seen enough and want to upload photos of your own, find the
    appropriate link above.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _New Entry_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/PHOTOS_ _Personal Info_

    First make one big entry with all the photos for that date. Use the
    "new entry" link as usual.
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _NEW ENTRY_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/Photos_ _Personal Info_

    Click the "Publish" button below.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _NEW ENTRY_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/Photos_ _Personal Info_

    Click on the date next to the big news entry to make changes to it.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    _New Entry_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/Photos_ _Personal Info_

    Scroll down to the last three photos. Next to each, mark the "Cut
    this photo" box. Then click "Save Changes".

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    _New Entry_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/Photos_ _Personal Info_

    The photos have gone back to the draft photos page. Go there.

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    _New Entry_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/PHOTOS_ _Personal Info_

    As you see, the photos you cut from that news entry are now available
    to make another for the same day. Click on the date below to see what
    happens.

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    _New Entry_ _Published Entries_ _Site Info_
    _Upload Photos_ _Draft Entries/PHOTOS_ _Personal Info_

    The news entry for this date is shown below in case you want to add
    these new photos to it. But this time you don't. Use the "new entry"
    link to create a second entry for the same date.
     
    Bruce Lewis, May 24, 2006
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