Suggestions for photo sharing sites?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by MaryL, May 28, 2009.

  1. MaryL

    MaryL Guest

    I just returned from a trip to Greece. I took a large number of digital
    photos (excessive, really). I cropped a lot of them in ThumbsPlus and would
    like to be able to *easily* post a lot of them so friends who travelled with
    me--and a few others--can view them. However, I have checked out several
    photo sharing sites (Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc.), and most of them will
    arbitrarily crop to fit the standard 4" x 6" dimensions. That seems to be
    done so people can order online, but I can print these same photos myself
    and they look just fine. Those same sites offer an opportunity to
    individually set cropping sizes, but that would take a great deal of time
    because there are so many of them.

    Can anyone suggest a (free) site? Picasa Web Pages has been suggested, and
    I am going to look into that.

    MaryL, May 28, 2009
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    tony cooper Guest

    You really haven't explained what you want to do. Do you want to put
    up the images so other people can see them, or do you want to put up
    the images so other people can download them or order prints?

    I've used several photo hosting sites, and none of the crop the images
    to any specified ratio. Some have maximum dimensions, but the ratio
    will be what you upload.

    You can do a nice album presentation or slide show with JAlbum (free)
    or Photobucket (free), and both have bulk uploaders. Neither requires
    any particular crop ratio. There will be a maximum size, though.

    I don't use Shutterfly or Snapfish, and wouldn't touch Picasa with a
    ten-foot pole, so I can't comment on what crop ratios they require.
    If any.

    If you are willing to pay for a service, I recommend SmugMug. For a
    large number of photos, you can set up several galleries. See mine at

    All three of these hosts can be Googled.
    tony cooper, May 28, 2009
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  3. MaryL

    tony cooper Guest

    No, actually I changed my mind and forgot to change the post. I was
    going to provide a link and thought better of it. It's not hard to
    find, though.
    tony cooper, May 28, 2009
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    Dave P. Guest

    snipped bits

    I'm just starting to play with Picasa on my PC and intend to try it for web
    albums to share pictures with friends. Why wouldn't you touch Picasa; is it
    a anti-Google thing or is there something wrong with the product itself?
    Dave P., May 28, 2009
  5. MaryL

    tony cooper Guest

    It takes over your images and creates a directory on your HD. I like
    to manage my own files.
    tony cooper, May 28, 2009
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    GregS Guest

    When I put up pictures I FTP them to my FREE web space as such provided by my
    internet provider COMCAST. Like this.....
    GregS, May 28, 2009
  7. MaryL

    tony cooper Guest

    I do the same for certain projects, but doing so requires at least a
    minimum knowledge of html. The OP hasn't indicated that she has that
    knowledge or want to learn html.
    tony cooper, May 28, 2009
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    ray Guest

    One possibility would be to set up a personal web site - then you can post
    what you like, how you like. I beleive has some free hosting
    available - commercial ones start at $60/year and offer greater resources.
    ray, May 28, 2009
  9. MaryL

    GregS Guest

    Very minimal with an editor like ACDSee. It makes the pages. You can make the
    pictures any size, the thumnails any size, any # of pages, any colored pages.
    If you can't do FTP, your an internet dumbo.

    GregS, May 28, 2009
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    tony cooper Guest

    tony cooper, May 28, 2009
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    me Guest

    No need to learn html at all with free packages such as JAlbum around.
    at . I do prefer my own web space though.
    me, May 28, 2009
  12. When did Picasa do this? I download from camera with Canon Utility to
    year/month folders, and use Picasa to browse the pictures and upload to
    Picasaweb (1024 MB for free). The only time I've seen Picasa make a new
    folder is when you edit pictures - then a new hidden folder named
    "Originals" are made containing the original picture.
    Kristian Kjerstad, May 28, 2009
  13. Only if you let it do that. Like you I like to manage my own directory
    structures, so I told Picasa to stick with them, which it quite
    happily does. I do let it create subdirectories within my image files
    in which to automatically store the originals when I do some editing
    so that I can always restore the original, which I regard as a useful
    and convenient feature which saves me the bother of doing it myself.
    Chris Malcolm, May 28, 2009
  14. MaryL

    GregS Guest

    I think most suck thats why. I hate viewing on those sites. Its so much easier
    to view on a page without all the advertisements and having limited power
    to size as you please. For viewing by specific individuals a specified site
    is the ultimate. For viewing by the public in general, a site like photobucket
    is likely going to be easier to search for titles and view. A specific site also
    offers some security from all kinds of people looking at pictures that
    you don't want everybody looking at.

    GregS, May 28, 2009
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    tony cooper Guest

    If you and Kristian (the other reply) are happy with Picasa, then use
    it. I don't like it, I don't like it creating subdirectories, and I
    don't like it storing my originals and making a copy of my edit, and I
    don't like the web interface.

    I shoot RAW, keep my .DNG files for future edits, make my edits in CS4
    as .psds, put saved-as .jpgs up, and organize with Lightroom. Those
    are my preferences.

    I use Photobucket for certain projects, I use JAlbum for certain
    projects, and I have a SmugMug gallery. I recommend these
    applications because I think they work well. I don't recommend what I
    don't like. I'm not on a campaign to eliminate Picasa or discourage
    others from using it. I'm saying I don't like it myself. There's
    no need for argument.
    tony cooper, May 28, 2009
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    tony cooper Guest

    tony cooper, May 28, 2009
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    This probably isn't what you want, but to simply share pictures with
    guests you invite, this site couldn't be
    easier. Upload to a unique directory, they give you a url which you then
    email to those you invite. Downside is images are only retained for
    around thirty days and you can't download (can order prints). No sign
    up, no passwords no hassle.
    Dave Cohen
    Dave Cohen, May 29, 2009
  18. MaryL

    Bob Larter Guest

    Some of us use cameras that don't have an "AUTO" mode. Maybe one day
    you'll grow up enough for someone to let you use theirs.
    Bob Larter, Jun 1, 2009
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    Bob Larter Guest

    Most ISPs give you some webspace for free with your account.
    Bob Larter, Jun 1, 2009
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